Novak Djokovic reiterated that he is against coronavirus vaccination if travel becomes mandatory after the pandemic has subsided, but says he is ready to change his mind.
High-ranking Djokovic said in a statement to The Associated Press on Tuesday: “Personally, I am against vaccination against COVID-19 so that I can travel.
“But if it becomes mandatory, I will have to decide whether to do it or not.” This is my current feeling, and I don’t know if it will change, but it really influences my profession. “
A vaccine has yet to be made, but some like Amélie Mauresmo have said that world tennis tours should not start again until there is one.
Djokovic sparked a live Facebook chat with other Serbian players on Sunday when he said that if a vaccination was required when touring resumed, he “would not want to be forced by anyone” to take it.
In his statement on Tuesday, Djokovic said that many tennis players and other athletes had asked him for his opinion on the situation.
“I expressed my opinion because I have the right and I also feel responsible for highlighting certain essential subjects which concern the world of tennis,” he said.
Djokovic and his wife Jelena advocate natural healing, not vaccination, and said that, like the rest of the world, he was “a little confused.”
“I am not an expert, but I want the opportunity to choose what is best for my body,” he said. “I keep an open mind and I will continue to research this topic because it is important and it will affect us all.”
Prominent Serbian epidemiologist Predrag Kon, member of the national COVID-19 team, said Djokovic should not have made anti-vaccination statements due to his enormous public influence in his homeland from the Balkans.
Djokovic won the Australian Open in January for his 17th Grand Slam singles title, and ATP suspended its tour in March due to the global virus epidemic.
AP writer Jovana Gec has contributed