Novak Djokovic says he is not anti-vaccination but would rather skip Grand Slams than be forced to get a Covid jab.
The Serb was deported in extraordinary circumstances on the eve of last month’s Australian Open where Rafael Nadal won a record 21st Grand Slam trophy to move ahead of Djokovic and Roger Federer on the all-time men’s list.
Djokovic was asked in an interview with the BBC, published on Tuesday, if he would sacrifice taking part in Wimbledon and the French Open over his stance on the vaccine even if it meant he missed out on his chance to move ahead of his rivals and make history.
“Yes, that is the price that I’m willing to pay,” Djokovic said.
“I am part of a very global sport that is played in a different location every single week, I understand the consequences of my decision.
“I was prepared not to go to Australia. I understand not being vaccinated today, I am unable to travel to most of the tournaments at the moment.”
WATCH Djokovic’s interview in the video clip below:
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