World No. 1 Novak Djokovic says he plans to play wherever he gets allowed as he still has the love and passion for the game. Djokovic, 34, hasn't been vaccinated against COVID-19 and he has indicated that won't change anytime soon.
In an interview with the BBC, Djokovic made it clear that he is willing to skip tournaments that enforce mandatory vaccination for participants. Djokovic, who wasn't allowed to play the Australian Open, kicked off his 2022 season this week in Dubai.
Djokovic admitted that everything he has been going through hasn't been easy for anyone close to him. "Wherever I have an opportunity, I'll be using that opportunity and going to play because that's what I do, that's what I love to do.
I have support from my family. My team is still there with me," Djokovic said, per Sportskeeda. "It's important for me because obviously it wasn't easy for anyone in my surroundings to go through these kinds of circumstances and situations that we have all been through."
Djokovic not intending to play the full schedule
Djokovic is aware that he won't be able to participate in all tournaments because of his vaccine stance and that's the price he is willing to pay.
"I'm not intending to play the full schedule. That wasn't my intention prior to this season or the season before," he said. "I was trying to aim to play my best at the Grand Slams, some of the 1000 events we have, and playing for my country.
Those were the biggest motivations that I had in terms of the scheduling." Djokovic revealed he took a 10-day break after the Australia visa debacle. "I started training probably about 10 days after I came back from Australia.
I did fitness more or less every day. I've been playing tennis for the last three weeks. I've been enjoying it, enjoying my time on the court in Belgrade."