The 20-time Major winner Novak Djokovic has finally made it clear. In his interview with BBC, Novak admitted he is ready to skip big tournaments if they require players to be vaccinated. Djokovic confirmed he is not vaccinated, as he does not have enough information about it.
Still, the Serb is not an anti-vaxer, respecting all the efforts that people worldwide have put to end the pandemic and save lives. Still, he wants to keep the freedom of what he takes into his body, stating it's far more important than any trophy or title.
Novak had to skip the Australian Open following a ten-day saga about his visa, unable to chase the tenth Melbourne Park crown. Novak will compete in Dubai, and his schedule becomes tricky after that, as he can not play Indian Wells and Miami.
In April, Djokovic will compete at home in Belgrade and will follow news around Roland Garros and Wimbledon. Djokovic had an incredible 2021 season, lifting three Major titles and joining Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal on 20 Major crowns.
Nadal claimed the Australian Open to move away from his rivals, and Novak is still eager to match and pass him if he gets a chance to play at Majors.
Novak Djokovic does not plan to get a vaccine any time soon.
"I was never against vaccination, but I have always supported the freedom to choose what you put in your body.
The decision-making principles on my body are more important than any title or anything else. I'm trying to be in tune with my body as much as possible. Yes, that is the price I'm willing to pay; I will skip tournaments if they require a vaccine.
I was never against vaccination. I understand that globally, everyone is trying to put a big effort into handling this virus and seeing, hopefully, an end soon to this virus. I know that there is a lot of criticism, and I understand that people come out with different theories on how lucky I was or how convenient it is.
But no one is lucky and convenient of getting Covid. Millions of people have and are still struggling with Covid around the world. So I take this very seriously; I do not like someone thinking I have misused something or in my favor to, you know, get a positive PCR test and eventually go to Australia," Novak Djokovic said.