'Novak Djokovic explains to the entire world why...', says top coach



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'Novak Djokovic explains to the entire world why...', says top coach

Novak Djokovic's choice not to get vaccinated risks compromising his season. The world number 2 was unable to defend the title at the Australian Open due to the well-known events and lost the leadership of the ATP ranking to Daniil Medvedev.

The Serbian veteran made his seasonal debut on the hard court in Dubai, but his path was already interrupted in the quarterfinals by the revived Jiri Vesely. Although he is regularly entered in the Indian Wells and Miami Masters 1000, Nole cannot travel to the United States under current rules.

Given the recent news from France, his participation in Roland Garros is also uncertain. Meanwhile, Rafael Nadal has won the Australian Open to 21 slams. In a video posted on his YouTube channel, Patrick Mouratoglou defended Djokovic's position against the Covid-19 vaccine, declaring himself in favor of freedom of choice.

The 34-year-old from Belgrade has just separated from his longtime coach Marian Vajda.

Mouratoglou talks about Djokovic

"I think that Novak Djokovic's choice is courageous," Mouratgolou said. "He explains to the entire world why he is such a champion.

He is not scared by what is going to happen to him and he accepts the consequences of it. People can have the feeling that he puts tennis second and in a way he does - for the first time in his life probably. He probably believes that the other quest is bigger than tennis."

The Frenchman, who coaches legendary American Serena Williams, then reiterated his respect for the Serb for sticking to his strong beliefs. "He now knows that not being vaccinated puts him at risk of not becoming the greatest player of all time," Mouratoglou continued.

"And knowing that, he says - 'I keep my line, I'm not gonna get vaccinated.' Unfortunately, we live in a world where we don't respect the belief of the people so much, and I think it's a great asset to stick to what you deeply believe.

He doesn't believe in vaccination, which again, is his right. He has spent his whole life making sure that his body is in the best possible shape, going into details that you have no idea about," Mouratoglou added.

"When you have lunch with Novak once in your life, you know how much he weighs every single element that goes in his plate - the quantity of everything, the quality of everything. That's incredible. He is the perfect example of how you should professionally behave to become the best player in the world. He is obesessed with that."