Novak Djokovic: 'Too many people today allow themselves such freedom to...'

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The decision by the state of Victoria to require vaccination of all professional athletes in order to enter has concerned the tennis world. The vaccine situation is still not very clear, but statements from the past have also brought news about the world number one, Novak Djokovic, and his eventual presence at the next Australian Open.

The Serbian champion has in the past discussed the possibility of putting the mandatory vaccine in the sports world and has never been particularly happy about it. Now that at least in Australia the situation seems quite clear, there is curiosity to know how the number one in the world will react.

Djokovic has always talked about having to give athletes freedom of choice, even if no actual statement has come in at this point that could suggest this surprising ending.

Djokovic on his vaccination status

Novak Djokovic recently gave an in-depth interview to Jelena Medic of Blic, where he laid bare his schedule for the coming months.

Djokovic revealed that he will play the Paris Masters, ATP Finals and Davis Cup Finals this year, before going on to talk about his Australian Open plans. "I started training today," Novak Djokovic said. "It's been a long time since I last trained with a racket.

Admittedly, I trained my fitness, but I have only just started tennis. Today I was Olga's sparring partner. I am preparing her, and we will see what kind of work I did as sparring when she goes to the next tournament."

Since the announcement of the health order, scores of fans around the world have expressed curiosity about Djokovic's vaccination status. "Too many people today allow themselves such freedom to ask things and condemn a person," Djokovic said.

"Whatever you answer: 'Yes, I didn't, maybe, I don't know, I'm thinking,' they will abuse it. The media has become, I have no word how to describe it," he added. "It spreads fear and panic among people, and I don’t want to participate in that rift.

I feel that everyone is hostile. I don’t want to give them a reason to write some things about me. Now what I told you, one of your editors can take and make a scandal out of it. I don't want to take part in any storm that is happening right now."

It’s been a while since fans witnessed the World No. 1, Novak Djokovic in action. The Serbian ace was last competing at the US Open final, where he failed to overcome the Russian powerhouse, Daniil Medvedev. The man from Belgrade was on course to do the impossible, winning a historic Calendar Grand Slam, but was stopped in his tracks by a worthy opponent.