Serbian tennis superstar Novak Djokovic attended a basketball game in Belgrade and he received a very warm welcome by the Red Star Belgrade supporters. Djokovic was denied entry into the United States so instead of flying to Indian Wells, Djokovic stayed in Belgrade.
On Thursday, Djokovic attended a EuroLeague game between Red Star Belgrade and Maccabi Tel Aviv. When Djokovic was introduced to the crowd, a round of applause followed. Djokovic stood up from his seat to acknowledge the crowd that gave him a warm welcome.
Djokovic out of Indian Wells, Miami
"While I was automatically listed in the @BNPPARIBASOPEN and @MiamiOpen draw I knew it would be unlikely I’d be able to travel.
The CDC has confirmed that regulations won’t be changing so I won't be able to play in the US. Good luck to those playing in these great tournaments," Djokovic wrote on Twitter. Djokovic is sticking to his word as recently he made it clear he is willing to skip tournaments that mandate players to be vaccinated.
“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 told RTS. “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 now has some time off as he is expected to return to action at the Monte Carlo Masters. The Monte Carlo Masters starts in a month.