Flavia Pennetta: Novak Djokovic will remain faithful to himself and his beliefs



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Flavia Pennetta: Novak Djokovic will remain faithful to himself and his beliefs

Former Italian tennis player Flavia Pennetta says it will be a hell of a life being unvaccinated but doubts Novak Djokovic will change his personal and take the jab. "I have no idea [how he is going to play at tournaments that require mandatory vaccination].

I doubt [he will get vaccinated now]. He will remain faithful to himself, perhaps even more than before," Pennetta told Corriere della Sera, as quoted on Sportskeeda. "It will be a hell of a life, being unvaccinated."

During his 10 days in Australia, Djokovic had his visa twice canceled and he was twice placed in detention. In the end, Djokovic ended up getting deported from Australia and stripped of a chance to compete for the Australian Open title.

'Djokovic could have avoided all of this'

"I have unvaccinated friends who are not named Novak Djokovic. I am for the freedom of choice but [only as long as it] doesn't affect anyone else. If I had him here, I would say, 'My friend, you are a fool.

You could have stayed at home quietly with your wife and your children,' Pennetta said. "It would have been better not to challenge Australia, a country that absolutely does not share the no-vax stance. He could have started the next season, and none of this would have happened."

Many have urged Djokovic to take the vaccine after the Australia visa debacle. "You can give him all the good advice you want, but a 34-year-old adult man who has been able to overturn the hierarchies of world tennis decides [what he wants to do with his life]," Pennetta said.

Djokovic is tied with Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer on the all-time Grand Slam record list with 20 Majors. "Nole has a great desire to make that record [of 21 Grand Slams], the champions are like that. They have a fire that burns inside, like Serena Williams who turned 40 and yet has not given up," Pennetta said. "Great champions have no limits, or are unable to recognize them."