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Novak Djokovic is not "anti-vaccine", but is ready "to give up Roland-Garros" in the name of his convictions


In an interview with the BBC, the Serb has come out of his silence since being deported from Australia in January.

The world number one breaks the silence and (finally) clarifies his position a little less than a month after being excluded from Australia due to his vaccination situation.

It's not a scoop, it's confirmation.

For the first time, the Serb publicly acknowledges that he was not vaccinated against Covid-19, highlighting his freedom to choose.

Despite a medical exemption (after contracting covid), Djokovic had his visa canceled by Australia's Immigration Minister Alex Hawke on the grounds that his presence could incite '

civil unrest

' and encourage a sentiment anti-vaccine.

While the Belgrade native wishes not to be associated with the 'anti-vax' movement, he supports the right of individuals to choose:

I understand the criticisms.

But I have never been against vaccination.

I have always supported the freedom to choose what you put in your own body.

This principle is more important to me than any title.

I try to be in tune with my body as much as possible.

He even admits having already been vaccinated, in his youth.

But in the name of his deeply rooted convictions, the man with 20 Grand Slam titles is ready to miss Roland-Garros and Wimbledon.


Yes, that's the price I'm ready to pay

," said the Serb about the possibility of an absence from the Paris and London tournaments.

Read alsoNovak Djokovic facing a horizon riddled with question marks

A wishful thinking?

The world number 1 hopes that vaccination requirements will change across the world and that he can "

play for many more years


Because he always has in his sights the record of Grand Slam titles.

Thanks to his success at the Australian Open, Rafael Nadal passed him with 21 coronations on the clock.

The Djoker also opens the door to a possible vaccination, in the future, “

because we are all looking, collectively, for the best possible solution to put an end to Covid


Expected in Dubai next week

The world number one is in any case registered for the ATP 500 tournament in Dubai, scheduled for the last week of February.

Vaccination is not compulsory to be able to enter the United Arab Emirates.

On the other hand, he risks having to skip the American tour and the Monte-Carlo tournament, where you have to be vaccinated to play in the tournament.

The Serb is therefore taking the risk, for the time being, of not playing much in 2022...

Source: lefigaro

All sports articles on 2022-02-15

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