Tennis, Novak Djokovic, covid vaccination status, deportation from Australia, breaking the silence


Novak Djokovic has broken his silence after being kicked out of Australia last month for his anti-vaccination stance.

The world’s No. 1 male tennis player had refused to publicly disclose his COVID-19 vaccination status…until now.

He confirmed in a tell-all interview with the BBC that he was not vaccinated against the virus that has brought the world to its knees for the past two years.

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However, he does not define himself as an anti-vaxxer.

“I’ve never been against vaccination,” he told the BBC.

“But I’ve always supported the freedom to choose what you put in your body.

“Because the principles of deciding on my body are more important than any title or anything. I try to be in tune with my body as much as possible.”

Djokovic returns home to Serbia

Djokovic was initially granted an exemption to enter Australia despite not being vaccinated, which the Victorian government and Tennis Australia said was mandatory to play the Open in January.

But the federal government stepped in and sensationally canceled his visa, before locking him in quarantine in a hotel in Melbourne and then deporting him after an unsuccessful appeal hearing.

Djokovic was kicked out of the country and Rafael Nadal won the Open, edging out Djokovic and Roger Federer to set a new record for Grand Slam wins.

Djokovic hasn’t spoken publicly about the saga so far.

“I was really sad and disappointed with how it all ended for me in Australia,” he said.

“It was not easy.”

His vaccination status has already cost him a major tournament, and now the French Open have said they will also blacklist Djokovic unless he is vaccinated.

But the world No. 1 is ready to miss Grand Slam tournaments to hold fast to his convictions.

“Yes, that’s the price I’m willing to pay,” Djokovic said.

Djokovic doesn’t rule out getting a COVID-19 shot in the future, but for now he will continue to refuse the vaccine.

“I understand that, around the world, everyone is trying to make a big effort to manage this virus and hopefully see the end of this virus soon.”

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