In recent weeks ATP led by Italian Andrea Gaudenzi has urged players to receive their dose of vaccine when this is possible, promising numerous benefits and benefits in return. Not everyone, however, agreed: among them the Serbian champion Novak Djokovic, who had already shown some reluctance regarding vaccines in the past.
In an interview also published on the EssentiallySports website, the 18-times Grand Slam champion explained the reasons for his disagreement with the ATP.
Djokovic: "I can't say anything"
"I've heard that players who get vaccinated will get benefits and better housing conditions," commented Nole.
"There are many unknowns, ambiguities and illogical things." The world number one also suggested that the Association Tennis Professionals submit to the rules set by the management of the different tournaments on the Tour, instead of following its own protocols.
He said: "I can't say anything until the ATP makes a decision, at least as far as our sport is concerned." Last year, the Belgrade champion, together with the Canadian Vasek Pospisil, created the controversial PTPA (Professional Tennis Players Association), an institution created in open contrast with the ATP with the aim of satisfying 100% the requests of the players.
, many of them dissatisfied with the management of the pandemic. Djokovic has decided to take part in the Serbia Open, an event on the major circuit staged from 2009 to 2012 and then canceled, to be brought back to the calendar only starting this year.
Novak's last success in Belgrade dates back to ten years ago, when he defeated Feliciano Lopez in the last match with a score of 7-6 6-3. In 2012 our Andreas Seppi triumphed, champion in the final over Frenchman Benoit Paire in two sets.
Meanwhile, Filip Krajinovic and Dusan Lajovic, both on the draw in Belgrade, have received the vaccine. A few days ago it was also the turn of Eugenie Bouchard and Victoria Azarenka, who promptly made it known through social media.