Former world No. 1 Boris Becker says he understands Novak Djokovic's decision to keep his vaccination status private but acknowledged that his job is to be a tennis player and suggested that he should follow the rules set by local authorities.
Novak Djokovic's participation at the Australian Open has been a popular topic over the last month after Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews indicated that only vaccinated players could be allowed to play at the Australian Open.
As it stands now, unvaccinated players will be allowed to play at the Australian Open but they will have to complete 14 days of hard quarantine.- “I can understand it at first [Djokovic’s reluctance]. That is his right, that is privacy, that has to be protected," Becker said, per Tennishead.
“But if he wants to work as a tennis player, then unfortunately they are rules and for all tennis players who want to go to Australia: “The state of Victoria requires proof of vaccination. It is completely unimportant what we mean.
If the Australian government has decided that way, there is only one solution”.
Becker hopes Djokovic will start receiving more love
Djokovic lost the US Open final but he was touched by love he received from the crowd.
"The incredible ovation he received during the final was very good for him," Becker said, per Sportskeeda. "That ovation should make it very clear that Novak is on the way to being loved in the final stretch of his career."
Becker thinks the US Open final loss became an emotional problem for Djokovic. "Novak is still digesting the tremendous opportunity he could not take advantage of in the last US Open," said the German. "It became a major emotional problem for him, things did not go as expected."
Djokovic is set to return to action at the Paris Masters. "I hope he plays again soon. I think he will see everything more clearly again once he gets back into dynamics, plays tournaments and wins matches again," Becker added.