Novak Djokovic clinched his seventh Wimbledon title last Sunday, reviving a season that was in danger of becoming bankrupt. Equalizing the seven wins of his idol Pete Sampras at Church Road, the Serbian phenomenon has hoisted himself to 21 Majors, reducing the gap that separates him from Rafael Nadal in the all-time ranking.
The first six months of 2022 had not given particular joys to the former number 1 ATP, who paid a very high price for his choice not to get vaccinated against the Coronavirus. In addition to not being able to defend the title at the Australian Open, the 35-year-old from Belgrade ended up in the eye of the storm and suffered serious damage to his image.
As things currently stand, Nole would not be able to travel to the US to compete in the American Masters 1000 and the US Open. In a press conference following the triumph in London, the 'Djoker' revealed that he will not play smaller tournaments to hunt for points.
On the microphones of 'GB News', the well-known journalist Benjamin Butterworth shot zero against the 21-time Grand Slam champion.
Nole advanced in the race of Grand Slam victories
Novak Djokovic, the Serbian tennis, advanced in the race of Grand Slam victories on Sunday 10th July.
"Absolutely [people need the vaccine] and he’s a disgrace," Butterworth said. "Novak Djokovic is one of the most dangerous people in sport and one of the most dangerous celebrities on this planet. Because if you look at the report from the Lancet, the medical journal, it says that an estimated 14.4 million people have had their lives saved by virtue of having the vaccine," he added.
"And the highest estimates from around the world of people after having the vaccine is 77,000. So it’s clear that what Novak Djokovic did is put people at risk," Butterworth went on. "And that’s why he’s a disgrace." Butterworth added that Djokovic is one of the most well-known sports stars in the world and that he was using the platform he was given to "put people off getting the vaccine." "We know that the chance of passing it on is reduced by about a third if not more, so it is beneficial in terms of passing it on," Butterworth said.
"But Djokovic is one of the most famous sport stars in the world and he chose to use that platform, a platform that lots of people admire him for being such a remarkable tennis player, and he used that to put people off getting the vaccine."