Novak Djokovic sidesteps vaccination issue



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Novak Djokovic sidesteps vaccination issue

Novak Djokovic recently won his ninth title at the Australian Open, thus putting the 18th Grand Slam title of his amazing career on the board. The world number 1 literally annihilated Daniil Medvedev in the final, confirming the special bond with these fields and responding to the bookmakers who had predicted an uncertain battle to the last.

The 33-year-old Serbian had to deal with an abdominal injury that affected him for most of the tournament, from which he was able to come out despite people's criticism. The Belgrade veteran is only two points behind Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the Grand Slam standings, in addition to having already guaranteed the mathematical certainty of breaking the record of weeks at the top of the ATP ranking.

In an interview granted to '7NEWS Australia' shortly after his triumph at Melbourne Park, Djokovic was asked what his behavior would be if the COVID-19 vaccine were to become mandatory to play on the tour.

Novak Djokovic on the vaccine

"Let's see what happens," Novak Djokovic said.

"There’s been a lot of discussion about that but nothing is yet concretely set about that or there aren’t any regulations or rules in place from ATP or from Slams. So I’m just going to wait and see," he added.

"Right now it’s all a debate and it’s all in the air, so I don’t want to make any comment about something that is not yet complete." Novak Djokovic's incredible triumph on Sunday was somewhat sullied during the trophy presentation, as fans in the Rod Laver Arena booed Tennis Australia chair Jayne Hrdlicka during the course of her speech when she spoke about vaccinations.

"It was definitely not an easy situation to be in for head of TA. I empathise with her," Djokovic said. "I thought she did very well under those circumstances and conditions, it was definitely not easy to stay composed but she did.

She ended her speech in a very good manner." Novak Djokovic didn't sound too optimistic about when the pandemic will end, but acknowledged that it is human to want things to go back to normal. "There’s a lot of mixed opinions and mixed emotions about everything that is happening in the world today.

People want to go back to their normal lives, it’s normal in a way that you see and hear the frustrations," Djokovic said. "It doesn’t look like the end is near, especially in Europe in terms of sports events and having the crowd on the stands."