Belgrade: Novak Djokovic is opposed to compulsory coronavirus vaccination for players.
The world’s No. 1 male tennis player is not in favour of players having to get vaccinated mandatorily — if a vaccine comes out by then — before they can begin competing once the season resumes post the coronavirus-induced suspension of all sport across the world.
There is no clarity on resumption of tennis yet, neither any guidelines from International Tennis Federation or Association of Tennis Professionals on what players would need to do.
“Personally I am opposed to vaccination and I wouldn’t want to be forced by someone to take a vaccine in order to be able to travel,” Djokovic said during a live Facebook chat with fellow-Serbian athletes.
“But if it becomes compulsory, what will happen? I will have to make a decision. I have my own thoughts about the matter and whether those thoughts will change at some point, I don’t know.
“Hypothetically, if the season was to resume in July, August or September, though unlikely, I understand that a vaccine will become a requirement straight after we are out of strict quarantine and there is no vaccine yet.”