World No. 1 Novak Djokovic’s comments on vaccination and the vaccine have been revealed in the wake of his encounter with the Australian border patrol.
Djokovic landed in Australia and was immediately confronted by the Australian Border Force officials. This was confirmed by Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who claimed that famous people like the Serbian would be the first ones checked at the border.
The 20-time Grand Slam winner was initially cleared to play in Australia under a medical exemption. However, the current situation has seen his visa revoked at Melbourne Airport, sparking controversy and casting doubt on his Australian Open participation.
In the middle of this fiasco, things only got worse, as Djokovic’s comments on vaccination were revealed to the internet.
“Personally I am opposed to vaccination and I wouldn’t want to be forced by someone to take a vaccine in order to be able to travel,” he had said earlier, as quoted by 9News Australia.
“But if it becomes compulsory, what will happen? I will have to make a decision.
“I have my own thoughts about the matter, and whether those thoughts will change at some point, I don’t know.”
All on him
Djokovic also remained firm on him deciding whether to take it or not, and insisted that he didn’t want it to be a compulsion.
“I don’t think it’ll come to that. I hope not, because I’ve always believed in freedom of choice,” he explained.
“And I will keep the decision as to whether I’m going to get vaccinated or not to myself.
“It’s an intimate decision, and I don’t want to go into this game of pro and against vaccines, which the media is unfortunately creating these days.
“I don’t want to be labelled as someone who is against or who is for vaccines. I’m not going to answer the question … and hope that everyone will respect that,” he concluded.