Novak Djokovic interfere deprivation unvaccinated in society. The media he accuses scaremongering. He leaves his start at the Australian Open.
The message from the other side of the world sounds clearly, and they may have been specially formulated for the greatest tennis guild. I do not think that an unvaccinated players get a visa for this country. The virus does not care where you are in the world ranking or have as won many Grand Slams you, said Dan Andrews, Prime Minister in the state of Victoria, where the January will take place the Australian Open.
In the world rankings top Novak Djokovic stands. 20 Grand Slam titles won the Serb, nine of them in Melbourne. Whether he is vaccinated or not, he will not reveal that this was private and each answer would be used against him anyway, Djokovic said the tabloid Blic. But obviously it is provided with barriers to entry and can therefore open his title defense. I do not know if I will fly to Australia
It would be a turning point in Djokovic career, 17 times, year after year since 2005, he has pitched at Melbourne Park. The plant on the Yarra River is for him what is the Stade Roland Garros for Roger Federer Wimbledon and for Rafael Nadal: his favorite place in the world of tennis. However, he is willing to make a sacrifice in order to be heard, because Djokovic thinks he has discovered abuses.
Djokovic disappointed by the discord that is sown between vaccinated and unvaccinated
Not only in sports but also in general in the world, I am disappointed about the discord that is sown between vaccinated and unvaccinated, Djokovic said. It was terrible when someone was discriminated against because he make a decision for themselves. To blame for this state are especially the media, to build up the pressure and spread fear and panic . Even so he will not betray his vaccination, rather waiving his favorite tournament.
He will probably have to, because Djokovic influence is limited. Even before the US Open in September 2020, it had overestimated themselves, wanted to intervene with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo against the corona measures, but did not penetrate before. Australia is his threat to abandon the tournament, nor influence the decision makers. Even if there should be a visa would have affected player probably several weeks in quarantine, said Premier Andrews.
Since the beginning of the crisis Corona Australia is among the countries with the most rigid rules of entry and remains almost completely isolated. 2021 Australian Open took place under great security measures, all male and female players had quarantined for two weeks. Indian Wells Alexander Zverev reported recently that the vaccines are a major topic among the players facing Australia, however, the vaccination rate is (still) relatively small.
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While there are no exact figures, because in addition Djokovic other players also like the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas hide their status, but according to players union ATP were not vaccinated than 65 per cent for men last. Some players like Dominic Thiem will be vaccinated during the winter break, who remains skeptical rather have to fly, or: watch Open at the Australian.