Novak Djokovic: Vaccine should be personal choice and I hope it stays that way



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Novak Djokovic: Vaccine should be personal choice and I hope it stays that way

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic has acknowledged that winning the US Open won't be easy since he believes there is several players capable of winning it all at Flushing Meadows. "There are tremendous players in the draw: Zverev, Medvedev, Tsitsipas are top contenders.

I feel the different tension, but I don’t give it significance on a daily basis," Djokovic said, per Sasa Ozmo. Djokovic has won this year's Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon and now he is aiming to win the US Open and collect a Calendar Grand Slam for the second time in his career.

"I have not spoken to Rod Laver (about calendar slam), but I will try to reach out. We always have a chat in Australia, I admire him and look up to him. Hopefully he can tell me something that will help me," Djokovic revealed.

Djokovic doesn't want to be pressured into taking the vaccine

"I feel it should be a personal decision whether you want to get vaccinated or not. I hope it stays that way," Djokovic said. Djokovic hasn't played since the Tokyo Olympics and he feels refreshed ahead of the US Open.

"I took an extra break and didn’t play in Cinncy, which was previously planned. I am pleased with my preparations for the US Open. There is no need to put additional pressure, but pressure is a privilege, it truly is, this is what you play for," Djokovic claimed.

It will be a bit strange feeling at this year's US Open since Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams won't be playing. "I know that we are not that young anymore (Roger, Serena) we can’t play as much tournaments as before.

When the injury becomes chronic, it’s worrisome not just for the career, but after it as well. Overcoming the pain is part of the game, but there needs to be a balance," Djokovic noted.