Novak Djokovic said players are not required to be vaccinated with COVID-19 to compete on the ATP circuit and must support their freedom of choice.
Earlier this month, ATP released new guidelines that vaccinated players are not considered to be in close contact with those who test positive. The men’s tennis governing body has also created an exemption list for vaccinated athletes.
ATP and Women’s WTA recommended athletes will accept vaccination if available.
“There are many options for vaccines,” Djokovic said, but it’s still unclear whether they are compulsory.
“I don’t think it will come to it. I’ve always believed in freedom of choice, so I hope not,” Djokovic said when asked if he was vaccinated at the Serbia Open. I told reporters.
“And I continue to decide whether to vaccinate myself. It’s an intimate decision and unfortunately the media wants to participate in this game in favor of and against the vaccines that are making them. No, every day.
“I don’t want to be classified as someone who is against or in favor of the vaccine. I’m not going to answer that question … and I hope everyone respects it.”
Djokovic, who tested positive for COVID-19 last year, had previously stated that he personally opposed vaccination and did not want anyone to be vaccinated to allow him to travel.
By Shrivathsa Sridhar