Novak Djokovic's sponsor Peugeot 'glad' the world No. 1 has 'expressed himself'



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Novak Djokovic's sponsor Peugeot 'glad' the world No. 1 has 'expressed himself'

Carmaker Peugeot is glad Novak Djokovic has expressed himself openly this week and they expect their logo to be on the Serb's shirt when he competes in Dubai next week. 20-time Grand Slam champion Djokovic didn't get a chance to compete at this year's Australian Open after being deported from the country for being unvaccinated.

Djokovic explained himself in an interview with the BBC as he stated that he is not against vaccination but he wants to have the freedom of choice. Djokovic also made it clear that he is willing to skip tournaments that enforce mandatory vaccination.

“We anticipate the Peugeot brand will be represented at the tournament in Dubai on Mr. Djokovic’s shirt,” the source close to Peugeot told Reuters on condition of anonymity.

Djokovic holding to his principles

“Peugeot has taken note of Mr.

Djokovic’s statements and is glad that he has expressed himself,” the source said. Also, Djokovic admitted doing an interview with a L'Equipe reporter while he was COVID-19 positive was "selfish" from him. “It was a mistake.

I respect the journalist Franck (Ramella) who did the interview, he is in tennis longer than I am. We delayed that interview for some time and I found out that I was positive after he already landed in Belgrade. I had my mask on throughout the whole interview, kept physical distance.

I did take my mask off for the photoshoot, but both Franck and the photographer were a few metres away from me. I admit that it was selfish what I’ve done, it was a mistake that I own. I understand that not all people will forgive me and I understand the critics," Djokovic told RTS.

Djokovic is set to kick off his 2022 season in Dubai next week. The Dubai organizers have said that Djokovic will not have any problems playing at the event because of his vaccination status.