Novak Djokovic would oppose compulsory vaccination to return to tennis

Novak Djokovic would oppose compulsory vaccination to return to tennis
“Personally, I am against vaccination and I would not want to be forced by someone to take a vaccine in order to travel,” said Djokovic, who won his 17th grand slam at the Australian Open in February, says in a live Facebook chat on Sunday, according to Reuters.

“But if it becomes mandatory, what will happen? I will have to make a decision. I have my own thoughts on the matter and if these thoughts will change at some point, I don’t know.

“In theory, if the season were to resume in July, August or September, although unlikely, I understand that a vaccine will become a requirement immediately after our exit from strict quarantine and there is no vaccine yet . “

Last month, former world No. 1 Amélie Mauresmo tweeted “no vaccine = no tennis”. However, neither ATP nor WTA tours have suggested that this would be necessary, when scientists believe a Covid-19 vaccine is at least 12 months away.

CNN has contacted ATP and WTA for comments.

Mauresmo said the current tennis season – which has been suspended until at least July 13 – could be completely lost.

Wimbledon was canceled for the first time since World War II and the French Open has been postponed until September.

Questions remain as to whether the US Open, which is scheduled to start in New York on August 24, can go ahead, with organizers saying they will continue to monitor the situation.

“I think we’re going to have to draw a line under the 2020 tennis season,” Mauresmo tweeted. “International circuit = players of all nationalities plus staff, spectators and people from all over the world who bring these events to life. No vaccine = no tennis.”

Updates the story to reflect Reuters credit.


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