Sports, Tennis

Djokovic adamant not take the Covid-19 vaccine

Published : 27 Jun 2022 09:26 PM

Novak Djokovic’s one-word response shuts down vaccine speculation when the World No.3 Novak Djokovic said in a Wimbledon press conference that he would not be getting vaccinated to play at the US Open.  

Djokovic made international headlines earlier this year when he was detained and deported in Melbourne ahead of the Australia Open due to his unvaccinated status.

The 20-time grand slam champion admitted in an interview he wouldn't get vaccinated in order to play grand slams.

Djokovic has been allowed to play both the French Open and will take part in Wimbledon as the No.1 seed with the countries allowing unvaccinated visitors.

 However, doubts still remain over whether Djokovic will play at the US Open with the country currently requiring all visitors to be vaccinated.

Djokovic said a day out from Wimbledon that SW19 will most likely be the last grand slam he plays in 2022.

And Djokovic was pressed on whether he had definitively decided he would not take the Covid-19 vaccine. The World No.3 was adamant. Meanwhile, Serena Williams has taken advantage of Wimbledon’s decision to allow players to practice on Centre Court at the All England Club this year in response to nasty scenes that plagued the tournament last year.

Wimbledon organisers have gone against 145 years of tradition in 2022 in allowing players to practice on the main courts at the grass-court grand slam for the first time ever.

Practicing on the main courts at Wimbledon has always been off-limits, with organisers desperate to keep the surface in good condition for the two weeks of the tournament.

However that has all changed this year, with organisers desperate to avoid a repeat of last year's farcical scenes in which a number of players were injured after falling on the slippery grass. 

Williams was the most-high profile case and was forced to retire hurt in tears during her first-round match.