“Not Planning To Get Vaccinated”: Novak Djokovic After Winning Wimbledon

“Not Planning To Get Vaccinated”: Novak Djokovic After Winning Wimbledon

Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic is hoping that US authorities will change entry rules over time to allow him to participate in the US Open, even though he has refused to be vaccinated against the corona virus. Serbia’s top seed defeated Nick Kyrgios by four sets on Sunday to clinch his seventh All-England club title and his 21st Grand Slam overall – just one behind Rafael Nadal.

He is now aiming for his fourth US Open crown after losing to Daniel Medvedev in the final last year.

But as things stand, his non-vaccinated status means he will not be allowed to travel to the United States to play in next month’s tournament.

“I’m not getting vaccinated and I’m not planning to get vaccinated so the only good news I have is that they have to remove the mandatory green vaccine card or whatever you call it entry into the United States or a waiver. Yes, “said the 35-year-old. Old

“I don’t think the exemption is realistically possible …. I think it’s just a matter of whether they remove it in time for me to go to the United States.”

The Serb was deported from Australia in January as part of his vaccination campaign, which prevented him from defending his Australian Open title.

Djokovic acknowledged that the beginning of the year was difficult and that it took months to recover.

“It definitely affected me in the first several months of the year,” he said. “I wasn’t feeling well in general. I mean, mentally, emotionally, I wasn’t in a good place.

“I wanted to play, but when I went out on the court for the first tournament of the year, in Dubai, I felt a lot of pressure and emotion.

“I was not feeling myself in court. I realized then that it would take some time, I would have to be patient, and sooner or later I would find myself in this state, in the best condition, where I would like to be. “

‘Difficult year’

Djokovic’s coach, former Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisov, said it had been a “difficult year” for the player.

But he said he never doubted that Djokovic would recover, calling him “brave.”

“People like it, you have no doubt,” he said. “He’s a great champion. He says it may have taken a long time, but it didn’t take long.

“It took the right amount of time for him to recover and digest everything that happened to him.”

Djokovic, whose fourth Wimbledon victory was his fourth in a row at the All England club, said he was now taking a much-needed leave.

“I’m on vacation,” he said. “Whether I play a tournament soon or not, I will definitely rest for the next two weeks as it has been a very tiring and demanding period for me over the last few months.

“A lot of tennis, which I was very happy about. I got what I wanted here. Then I will hopefully wait for some good news from the United States because I would really like to go there.”

The former world number one said he did not feel pressured to play a particular schedule.

“I got that historic No. 1, No. 1 in weeks, that I’ve worked all my life. Now that it’s done and dusted off, I really prefer slim and big tournaments and Where I want to play, where I like. “

Djokovic also said that he feels he has picked himself up from the Wimbledon crowd on Sunday – when he is playing with Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal – he has often faced a tough battle to win over fans. ۔

“I definitely felt the support and love from the crowd today, so I’m very grateful for that,” he said.


“Obviously it’s no secret that any player will want people to support him during the match because it can make a big difference in how you feel at the end of the day.”

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