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Novak Djokovic willing to miss French Open, Wimbledon over vaccine
Feb 17, 2022, 6:47:00 AM

Novak Djokovic willing to miss French Open, Wimbledon over vaccine

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic said he is willing to miss playing in the upcoming Grand Slams - French Open and Wimbledon because of his stance on vaccination. During an interview with BBC - the 20-time Grand Slam winner said that he has not received any vaccination for Covid-19.

Djokovic has been surrounded by controversies since the Australian Open after attempting to enter Australia without a valid vaccination exemption. ‘The Serbian tennis star was later deported from the country and missed out on an opportunity to play in the year's first Grand Slam.

Rafael Nadal went on to win the Australian Open, giving him 21 major singles titles, which took him ahead of Djokovic in the race of who will end up as the highest Grand Slam winner.

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"I was never against vaccination," Djokovic told the BBC. "I understand that globally, everyone is trying to put a big effort into handling this virus and seeing, hopefully, an end soon to this virus."

"I understand that not being vaccinated today I'm unable to travel to most of the tournaments at the moment. That is the price that I'm willing to pay," Djokovic added.

Djokovic said he has always been careful about everything he puts in his body. “Based on all the information that I got, I decided not to take the vaccine, as of today,” he said.

Djokovic has won the French Open twice, including in 2021. He also has six Wimbledon titles, including the last three.

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Words: Abhishek Nandwani

Image: PA