Novak Djokovic gets brutally honest on his vaccine views

Djokovic has receivied lots of criticism over the past few years due to his vaccine stance.

by Dzevad Mesic
Novak Djokovic gets brutally honest on his vaccine views
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Novak Djokovic says he is "not anti-vax nor pro-vax" but rather "pro-freedom to choose." Djokovic, 36, has drawn lots of criticism and scrutiny since the start of the pandemic due to his vaccine stance. Since 2020, Djokovic has been subject to some harsh criticism regarding his unwillingness to take the COVID-19 vaccine and he has also found himself in some pretty uncomfortable situations - most notably in Australia in 2022 January.

But despite everything, Djokovic has stayed firm in his views and beliefs. “People try to declare me as an anti-vax. I’m not anti-vax. Nor I am pro-vax. I’m pro-freedom to choose," Djokovic told Jon Wertheim on 60 Minutes.

Djokovic doesn't regret his choice

After missing the 2022 Australian Open, Djokovic also wasn't allowed to enter the United States for the 2022 US Open.

When Djokovic returned to action after missing the 2022 US Open, he insisted there were no regrets on his side over missing the last Grand Slam of the season because his beliefs and principles come before everything else.

"I don't have any regrets. I mean, I do feel sad that I wasn't able to play, but, you know, that was decision that I made. I knew what the consequences will be, so I accepted them. That's it. I congratulate Alcaraz for winning US Open.

He did it in an incredible fashion. He's 19 years old and already number one in the world. He's a great addition to our sport, a great star in making. We can't speak about him as future, because he's already a present," Djokovic said after last year's US Open.

When Djokovic returned to the United States this past August for the first time since 2021, he repeated the same message. “The reason why I was not here for two years, I have zero regret on that. I’m just glad to be back," Djokovic said in August.

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