Hours after Craig Tiley, director of the Australian Open, publicly announced that tennis players who want to play the first Grand Slam of the season must be vaccinated against covid-19, the reactions have not been long in coming.
Especially when the tennis players who are in the heat of the fight for the title at the ATP Finals in Turin, they were asked about it. Unsurprisingly from his repeated insinuations in recent months, Novak Djokovic, a little fond of vaccines in general, gave a most enigmatic answer as to whether or not he intends to be in Australia: "We'll see.
We'll have to wait and see. "In a similar, mysterious line, Medvedev showed himself: "Yes, I'm actually a bit surprised that they confirmed it so late, let's say. Months have passed. At least I knew that was probably the case.
The prime minister or the governor of the state of Melbourne, I don't know if I don't remember exactly who said it, but it was official. I was surprised to see this news because I was like, what's new?" The Russian's rival in the Masters final, Zverev, was much clearer when giving his opinion on mandatory vaccination: "We are visiting another country.
It is not about tennis. It is about the virus that is happening, right? No it is a tournament or tennis. We are visiting a different country. At the end of the day the country is allowing us to enter. We have to follow the rules and follow the guidelines.
I hope he is able to play. At the end of the day, I'm number 3 in the world, so if he doesn't play (because of Djokovic), it's easier to win the tournament."
Djokovic is a key member of the PTPA
Apart from being a phenomenal tennis player, Novak Djokovic is a key member of the PTPA (Professional Tennis Players Association).
He is one of the founders of the association and has been fighting for the rights of the players along with his friend, Vasek Pospisil. “We are a conformist society, we always prefer to join the herd than to get out of it.
Instead of saying ‘this is wrong, it’s not fair, I will fight for this other one, who is less fortunate than me’, they choose the easier way. I know that I am a thorn in the side of many, I am trying to expose the monopoly that has been in our sport for many years,” said Djokovic in the interview.
(Translated via Google Translate) In the same interview, Nole highlighted that only around 150 players make a living out of tennis and such a thing doesn’t happen in any other sport. He feels that it is not fair and thus wants to bring a change.
“I know who I am and what I am, I know what is fair. Barely 150 players make a living from tennis in the men’s and women’s categories. Give me any other sport in which this is the case. It is precisely for these boys and girls that we stand up,” added the 20-time Grand Slam champion.