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Tennis legend says Djokovic must act “for the greater good” by “taking one for the team” and getting vaccinated

Sports icon Martina Navratilova urged Novak Djokovic to lead by example by taking photos of Covid to make sure he doesn’t get ‘really sick’, admitting she ‘couldn’t wait’ to do so vaccinate.

Former world number one Navratilova watched in horror as the Djokovic saga unfold in Australia, where he was held for several days because he had not been vaccinated.

The world’s best male player was released by a judge on Monday and now looks set to defend his Australian Open title when the tournament kicks off on January 17, though reports claim he could still be stopped and that his visa is canceled by the government of the country.

“It’s really amazing – what a saga”, 18-time Grand Slam champion Navratilova told Good Morning Britain.

“I just wish Novak took this vaccination to start. He is a great leader; he is an amazing and amazing athlete. I have defended him so many times but I cannot defend the choice not to be vaccinated. .

“If you don’t want that vaccine because you don’t know it, you don’t want it no matter what, you always have to take one for the team. If you want to lead you have to lead by example. This example would be what is for the greater good.

“All of this could have been avoided, but here we are and who knows where it will all end? It’s getting crazier and crazier by the minute.”

Australian Open boss Craig Tiley has claimed 97% of players have now been vaccinated, but Djokovic, who previously told people not to take the “freedom” to ask him questions about his status, confirmed that he had not been stung in the court documents presented during his hearing.

“We are in such close contact in the locker room and you are obviously talking about the possibility of catching Covid”, Navratilova Street, which lifted the trophy in Melbourne in 1981, 1983 and 1985.

“Plus, if you get it you can get really sick. I was in line and couldn’t wait to get the shot. I would have stood in line 30 years ago.

“I would be much more afraid of getting really sick if I wasn’t vaccinated than the side effects I might have from the vaccination.

“Billions of people are hoping to get vaccinated and they cannot get vaccinated. We have this problem here in the [United] Many people states who choose not to have it.

“You really need to be more aware of everyone. He’s in amazing shape, he’s one of the greatest athletes in the world, so you think you’re indestructible.

“But we do know people have died in incredible form – marathon runners and ironmen etc. I won’t say arrogant, but maybe naive in thinking he would be okay.”

Djokovic is expected to be allowed to stay in Australia under a high-profile medical exemption as he tested positive for Covid in December 2021.

The 34-year-old also tested positive following his ill-fated Adria Tour in 2020, which came at a time when Covid vaccines were not available and much of the sporting calendar was on hold due to the pandemic.

The all-time great Navratilova qualified her criticism by speaking of her admiration for Djokovic.

“I love him, he’s just an accomplished professional”, the 65-year-old confessed.

“I don’t know what he was hoping for: if he hadn’t tested positive for Covid, how would he have obtained the exemption? This is what I do not quite understand.

“Even if somehow they let him in, I just don’t know how he can get over it emotionally.

“It’s just undermining and, as an athlete, you want to save that energy. It’s so divisive: there will be people who will defend it until death and there will be people who will really, really be annoyed. “

Djokovic posed in court hours after his hearing and posted a message pledging to play in the first Grand Slam of the year, which ends on January 30 and could be a testament to history if he wins his 21st title. major.


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