After passing to the semifinals of the tournament in Belgrade, Novak Djokovic answered questions at the press conference. Tennismajors reporters wondered if Djokovic would be vaccinated given a large number of players vaccinated “There have been a lot of options in terms of vaccines lately.
I heard from the organization, my brother (Djordje Djokovic, the tournament director), that a lot of (players) have been vaccinated." "There has been a lot of un-clarity I would say, as to whether there’s going to be a compulsory mandatory vaccination in order to take part on the ATP Tour, I don’t think it will come to that.
I hope not, because I’ve always believed in freedom of choice”. “And I will keep the decision as to whether I’m going to get vaccinated or not to myself, I think it’s an intimate decision and I don’t want to go into this game of pro and against vaccines, which media is unfortunately creating these days."
"I just don’t want to be labelled as someone who is against or who is for vaccines. I’m not going to answer the question you asked me and hope that everyone will respect that”.
Djokovic on vaccinations
In addition, journalists wondered if there really was anyone who thought vaccines were bad, and Djokovic again gave a political answer.
"I just feel it’s such a sensitive topic right now and people are getting very emotional about this, and I understand, there’s a lot going on for every country, our country here has been fighting this disease for a long time."
"A lot of people want to go back to their normal life, whatever that was, and trying to avoid infecting anyone or getting infected themselves, I understand that, it’s a responsibility. “But when it comes to vaccinations, I’ve always been a proponent of liberty and freedom of choice.
I think this is something right now that I just don’t want to get involved in." "If I say yes or no, I would be drawn into one team, so to say, and then there’s a lot of, I guess, conflict right now between people that want to get vaccinated and people who don’t want to get vaccinated.
“Because there’s a lot of uncertainty out there so I don’t want to answer this question because I don’t want to be part of the media campaign and that game." "I just don’t want it.
The only thing I’m asking is for people to respect my decision to keep the decision to myself and that’s it. I have the right to do that and that’s it." "Whoever wants to get vaccinated can get vaccinated and I respect that, who doesn’t want to, doesn’t have to.
I hope that it doesn’t become compulsory (to be able to play on the ATP Tour), I can say that clearly right now, because I’m clearly against that”.