'Novak Djokovic's never actually said he's an anti-vaxxer', says former ace

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'Novak Djokovic's never actually said he's an anti-vaxxer', says former ace

Novak Djokovic has experienced another great season in his career. The Serbian champion started 2021 in Australia and, after being eliminated on the occasion of the ATP Cup, he was the protagonist of a fantastic march in Melbourne.

Despite the physical problems encountered in the match against Taylor Fritz in the third round, Djokovic found a way to recover and win the final by beating opponents of the caliber of Milos Raonic, Alexander Zverev and Aslan Karatsev in difficult matches.

In the final act of the Australian Open, the Belgrade one clearly defeated Daniil Medvedev and took home the tournament for the ninth time; no one has done better than him. Djokovic then skipped the Masters 1000 in Miami to recharge his batteries and prepare for the clay season in the best possible way, where he reached the final at the BNL Internazionali d'Italia and won the ATP 250 tournament in Belgrade 2, before performing.

in Paris. At Roland Garros, Djokovic became the first player in the Open Era to win all the Grand Slams at least twice. Impossible to forget the epic battle that allowed him to beat Rafael Nadal in the semifinals. The Serbian then tied the score with Roger Federer and Nadal at Wimbledon.

On the All England Club turf he won his 20th Grand Slam by dominating his opponents and enforcing the law of the fittest. The two defeats suffered at the Tokyo Olympics and the US Open cannot in any way obscure an unusual 2021.

In the first case it was Zverev who beat him in the semifinals; in the second, Medvedev was in charge of extinguishing the dream of the Grand Slam. Djokovic was only one step away from history, but he couldn't handle the pressure in the last act of the New York Grand Slam.

Australia will once again kick off the new tennis season and there are still many doubts related to the presence of Djokovic.

McNamee opens up on Djokovic

All rumors of Novak Djokovic applying for a medical exemption to play at the 2022 Australian Open were put to bed by the former CEO of the Australian Open and Tournament Director of the Hopman Cup, Paul McNamee.

"There is absolutely no substance to that story you referred to in the Herald Sun [Djokovic applying for medical exemption] which was on the front page. I mean, that's a complete fantasy," McNamee said. "Even the journalists themselves can't confim it," he added.

He reminded the hosts that Novak Djokovic has never once spoken out against vaccinations, and it is other people who have attributed that stance to him through their own interpretations. "He's never actually said he's an anti-vaxxer.

I mean, he never actually said that," McNamee said. "People interpret that because of the way he handled it," he added.