Novak Djokovic insists on not being vaccinated

Novak Djokovic knows that as things stand, Wimbledon will be his last Grand Slam tournament of 2022. He will not be able to play at the US Open because he has not received the COVID-19 vaccine and will not be allowed to enter the United States as unvaccinated foreigner. “That’s extra motivation to play well here,” the 35-year-old Serb said at the All England Club on Saturday. Djokovic entered the season tied with Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer for 20 Grand Slams, the men’s record. But his decision not to get vaccinated led to his deportation from Australia in January, and Nadal raised his tally to 21. Nadal then beat Djokovic in the French Open quarterfinals en route to winning his 22nd Grand Slam title. On Monday, Djokovic will have the honor of kicking off the competition on Center Court as the defending champion. He is the top seed and will be looking for his fourth consecutive title and seventh overall here. “I hope to have a very good tournament, just like in the three previous editions. And then I’ll have to wait. I would love to go to the United States, but until today it is not possible,” said Djokovic, who has fallen ill with COVID-19 twice. “There is not much I can do. I mean it’s up to the US government to decide whether to allow unvaccinated people into the country.”

 

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