In recent weeks, the 'Association Tennis Professionals' (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 Novak Djokovic, who had already shown some reluctance regarding vaccines in the past. In an interview also published on the EssentiallySports website, the 18-race Grand Slam champion explained the reasons for his disagreement with the ATP.
“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: “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.
Novak Djokovic's opinions regarding vaccinations have often been the subject of intrigue. Understandably, therefore, Djokovic claimed on Friday that he would rather not take sides in the matter. He did, however, stress that people should always have freedom of choice when it comes to using vaccines.
Novak Djokovic on the vaccines
"I hope that it doesn't become compulsory; that's the only thing," Novak Djokovic said. "I am saying that clearly and openly right now, because I am fully against that.
I think everyone should have the freedom of choice to do whatever they want. Especially if you're harming somebody's physical integrity and their body. There should always be a choice whether you want to get vaccinated or not."
Novak Djokovic made it clear that he is not against the use of vaccines, but he repeatedly stressed on the importance of having 'options' "Well, I'm really glad that the players have options to choose," Djokovic said.
"Serbia has has had actually a lot of options in terms of vaccines lately. What I heard from the organisation and my brother, he told me there's a lot of players that want to get vaccinated with different vaccines.
There's been there's been a lot of unclarity in terms of whether there's going to be a compulsory mandatory vaccination in order to take part in the debate. I don't think it will come down to that. I hope not, because I'm always a supporter of freedom of choice."