“It’s the price I’m ready to pay”: Djokovic would rather miss Roland-Garros and Wimbledon than get vaccinated

World number 1 Novak Djokovic is ready to miss Roland-Garros and Wimbledon for the price of his refusal to be vaccinated against the coronavirus, but he is not “not antivax”he said in an interview with the BBC broadcast this Tuesday, February 15.

Due to lack of vaccination, the Serbian player was expelled from Australia in January, without being able to defend his title at the Australian Open in Melbourne, before his great rival Rafael Nadal won his 21and Grand Slam tournament, a record for men, because one more than “Djoko” and Roger Federer.

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“Yes, that’s the price I’m willing to pay”, said the Serb on the possibility of an absence from the Paris and London tournaments. He does not wish to be associated with the antivax movement, but defends the right of each individual to choose what is injected into their body.

“I try to be in tune with my body”

“I have never been against vaccinationhe added, indicating that he had already been vaccinated, in his youth. But I’ve always supported the freedom to choose what you put in your own body. This principle is more important to me than any title. »

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“I try to be in tune with my body as much as possible”also declared Djokovic in this interview, the first since he left Melbourne, visa canceled by the Australian authorities. “I was sad and disappointed”he summarized about this saga at the beginning of the year.

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The world number 1 also hopes that vaccination requirements will change and that he will be able to “play for many more years”. He remains open and does not rule out the possibility of a vaccination for him in the future, “because we are all looking, collectively, for the best possible solution to end the Covid”.

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