World No. 17 Pablo Carreno Busta admits he doesn't know whether Novak Djokovic's decision not to get vaccinated is right or wrong but noted that he respects it. Djokovic, who wasn't allowed to compete at the Australian Open, has made it clear that he is willing to skip tournaments that introduce mandatory vaccination.
Djokovic doesn't plan on retiring any time soon but he also doesn't intend to take the vaccine any time soon. "[Novak Djokovic's decision to not get vaccinated] is a personal decision," Carreno Busta told Marca, per Sportskeeda.
"It is not possible [for others] to assess if it is right or wrong. He acts from his point of view and according to his way of thinking, he does what he thinks is best for him. If he does not want to get vaccinated, it must be respected and accepted."
Djokovic explains his vaccine stance
In an interview with RTS, Djokovic suggested he doesn't want to take the vaccine because he doesn't know what effect it could have on his body. “As an elite athlete, I want to triple-check everything that enters my body.
If something changes for 0.5% in my body, I feel it. I am just cautious before making any decisions, I am taking my time and keeping my mind open. I will live with the consequences," Djokovic said. “I stand for choice and the autonomy of every individual, that every person has the right to decide in the matter of their health.
I don’t like being labelled and put in the same category with certain initiatives or movements, I never said I support any of those. I have always tried to respect everybody’s choices, I hope that people can respect mine as well”.
Djokovic started his season this week in Dubai, where he made the quarterfinal before suffering a shock loss to Jiri Vesely.