Djokovic’s wife takes a day after ‘anti-vax poster boy’ remark – RT Sport News


Novak Djokovic won Wimbledon on Sunday, but should be ruled out of the next Grand Slam in New York

Novak Djokovic’s wife Jelena has launched a fierce defense of her husband and his vaccine stance after a tennis journalist accused the Serbian star of being a “anti-vax poster boy.”

Djokovic was crowned Wimbledon champion for the seventh time on Sunday by defeating Australian Nick Kyrgios in a four-set battle.

The title was a 21st Grand Slam for Djokovic and puts him just one behind Rafael Nadal in their fight for an all-time record.

But the appearance at the All England Club could be the last time Djokovic is seen at a Grand Slam until May next year.

US entry rules on unvaccinated foreigners appear to be preventing the 35-year-old from being allowed into the country to compete in the US Open in August and September.

Djokovic’s expulsion from Australia earlier this year could also mean he is banned from playing at the Melbourne Grand Slam for up to three years. That would make the 2023 French Open the next time he lines up for a major tournament.


Commenting after Djokovic’s Wimbledon win, tennis writer Ben Rothenberg, who has featured on the pages of The New York Times, USA Today and elsewhere, tweeted: “Unless there is a quick change in US immigration law, Wimbledon will be Djokovic’s last Grand Slam event of the year.

“The United States requires vaccinations for foreigners to enter, and Djokovic has firmly stated that he has ruled out getting vaccinated, entrenching himself as an anti-vax posterboy.”

It was the final comment that seemed to enrage Jelena Djokovic, who fired back in replies: “Sorry. Just make sure it’s noted that YOU tagged it as an antivax poster boy for whatever reason. He simply replied what HIS body choice is.

Rothenberg, who has often criticized Djokovic, replied: “I understand it’s his choice.

“But I also say that his decision to be so strongly against vaccines that it limits his ability to play tournaments has made him, unwittingly or not, a huge icon of the anti-vax movement. I saw it very clearly during the Australian Open.

Jelena, who was in the stands and at Wimbledon and shared a passionate kiss with her husband after his victory, shot back: “You create a very critical narrative that matches your program.

“He just chooses what is best for his body. If he does not play because he has made this choice, there is no problem. »

Rothenberg still couldn’t let it lie, shooting: “I can accept the judgment.

“I believe that every citizen, especially public figures, had a duty to act responsibly with actions and public health messages during the pandemic, and as someone who covered Novak as an influential champion qu he is, he has deeply disappointed me on several occasions.”

Jelena then suggested that Rothenberg simply had it for her husband.

“Thank you for sharing your beliefs. Hope you don’t get judged for them. Or become the poster child for hate and bullying. You never know,” she replied.

“You are also an influential figure, please don’t continually disappoint. Unless that is your role.

Speaking after his Wimbledon triumph – his fourth straight at the All England Club – Djokovic said he had no intention of getting a Covid-19 shot just to be able to play in the United States.

“I’m not vaccinated and I’m not planning on getting vaccinated so the only good news I can have is they’re taking away the mandatory green vaccine card or whatever you call to enter the United States or a exemption”, says Djokovic.

American tennis icon John McEnroe has implored American politicians to allow Djokovic into the country, calling the situation “ridiculous.”


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Djokovic insisted that he is not an anti-vaxxer, but simply advocates freedom of choice over what people put in their bodies.

“The principles of making decisions about my body are more important than any title or anything else. I try to be in tune with my body as much as possible,” Djokovic told the BBC earlier this year.

“I have never been against vaccination. I understand that everyone around the world is trying to make a big effort to manage this virus and hopefully see the end of this virus soon.




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