Speaking to reporters throughout this week’s Serbia Open
, the 33-year-old insisted he would not reveal whether or not he will get a vaccine sooner or later and hoped receiving a jab would not be made obligatory by the game’s governing our bodies.
“I don’t think it’ll come to that. I hope not, because I’ve always believed in freedom of choice,” Djokovic stated, per Reuters.
“And I will keep the decision as to whether I’m going to get vaccinated or not to myself,” he stated. “It’s an intimate decision, and I don’t want to go into this game of pro and against vaccines, which the media is unfortunately creating these days.
“I do not need to be labeled as somebody who’s towards or who’s for vaccines. I’m not going to reply the query … and hope that everybody will respect that.”
Djokovic’s feedback come after the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP)
said vaccinated players would not be classified as close contacts to those who tested positive for the virus, meaning they would be less likely to suffer disruption during competitions.
Both the ATP and the women’s World Tennis Association (WTA)
recommended players receive a vaccination when offered.
Djokovic tested positive for coronavirus last yea
r after an exhibition event he organized in Croatia.
The Serbian has previously said he would oppose a compulsory vaccination but has since said he would wait for more clarification from the ATP over its protocols.
Djokovic received the Australian Open earlier this 12 months to assert his 18th grand slam title. He also broke Roger Federer’s all-time record
for most weeks spent as the lads’s world No.1.