World No. 1 Novak Djokovic has admitted that he is opposed to coronavirus vaccination and that he would have to think what to do if players were asked to take the vaccine. On April 1, the ATP and WTA further extended the suspension of the men's and women's professional tours until at least July 13 due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Players doubt the season will resume after the current suspension expires but the ATP and WTA have given themselves until June 1 to decide what to do with the summer hard-court season. "Personally I am opposed to vaccination and I wouldn’t want to be forced by someone to take a vaccine in order to be able to travel,” Djokovic said in a live facebook chat with several fellow Serbian athletes, per Reuters.
“But if it becomes compulsory, what will happen? I will have to make a decision. I have my own thoughts about the matter and whether those thoughts will change at some point, I don’t know. “Hypothetically, if the season was to resume in July, August or September, though unlikely, I understand that a vaccine will become a requirement straight after we are out of strict quarantine and there is no vaccine yet”.
Djokovic, now a 17-time Grand Slam champion, started the season with 18 wins and zero losses. The 32-year-old led Serbia to winning the inaugural ATP Cup, before he claimed a record eighth Australian Open and made it all the way in Dubai.
The Serb was extremely close to not winning it all in Dubai but he managed to save three consecutive match points against Gael Monfils in the semifinal and set up a final against Stefanos Tsitsipas.