‘I can’t defend Novak Djokovic’s choice to…’, says legend

The Novak Djokovic case has not yet come to its conclusion. Although the world’s number 1 won the appeal, he expects to hear about the decision of the Minister of Immigration Alex Hawke on his visa. The latter is examining the case with great attention, before issuing the final verdict on whether or not the Serb will stay in Australia. Meanwhile, the 20-time Grand Slam champion has already started training in Melbourne Park ahead of the 2022 Australian Open. The 34-year-old from Belgrade has won the Happy Slam nine times, as well as winning the last three editions. In the event of a ‘Down Under’ triumph, Nole would reach 21 Grand Slams, beating Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the all-time standings. The Swiss will not be back on the pitch before the summer, while the Spaniard is far from being in top condition. In a recent interview with the ‘Daily Express’, WTA legend Martina Navratilova pulled Djokovic’s ears over her choice not to get vaccinated. A decision that could heavily affect Novak’s season.

Navratilova on Novak Djokovic

“It’s unbelievable – what a saga. It could have been avoided. I just wish Novak Djokovic had taken that vaccination to begin with,” she was quoted as saying by the Daily Express. “I admire him so much but I can’t defend the choice to not get vaccinated. You have to take one for the team. It’s getting crazier by the minute.” The former 18-time Grand Slam champion said Djokovic should get the jab, and that he needs to be more mindful of those around him. “We’re in such close contact in the locker rooms. I couldn’t wait to get vaccinated. I admire Novak and I know what it takes to be that committed,” Navratilova said. “I would be much more scared of getting sick from not being vaccinated than whatever side effects I might have from the vaccination. You really need to be more aware of everybody else.” Many current and ex-players expressed their views on Djokovic’s fight to compete at the Australian Open. Notably, while some were positive, some were negative. According to the renowned journalist, Ben Rothenberg, a few were left uncomfortable when Djokovic hit the Gym on Tuesday. He wrote on Twitter, “[Djokovic] came to the gym before his hit. The place went silent with everyone staring. Talk about uncomfortable.” However, Djokovic got some support from his long-time rival, Rafael Nadal. Speaking in an interview, Nadal said, “Whether or not I agree with Djokovic on some things, justice has spoken…I wish him the best of luck.”

 

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