Martina Navratilova on Novak Djokovic: Right thing to do would be to go home

Former world No. 1 Martina Navratilova thinks returning home would be the right thing to do for Novak Djokovic but obviously he won’t do it on his own. 

“The best thing for Novak to do, I think, is to just say, ‘You know what? There were too many mistakes, not okay, I’ll be the only unvaccinated player here… everybody else who isn’t vaccinated has been sent back. And the right thing to do is just go home,” Navratilova told Sunrise, as quoted on Sportskeeda.

“It’s the right thing to do, but he obviously won’t do that, cause he wants that 21st Major title.”

Djokovic stands firmly by his beliefs

Djokovic refused to reveal his vaccination status before the Australian Open, stating it was a private matter. 

During his court appearance this week, it was confirmed that Djokovic tried to enter Australia unvaccinated but on a medical exemption. 

“I call it a snuffle, it’s just such a combination of mistakes on everybody’s part. The bottom line is, sometimes your personal belief has to be trumped by what’s good for the greater good. For those around you, your peers,” Navratilova said.

Navratilova admitted she didn’t want to take the vaccine at first.

“I also didn’t want to take the vaccine because I was worried about what it may do to my body… everybody else is doing it because it’s the right thing to do and the country demands it, quite frankly. There are two choices, don’t get vaccinated or don’t go play,” Navratilova added. 

After winning his appeal in court, Djokovic said in an Instagram post:  am pleased and grateful that the Judge overturned my visa cancellation. Despite all that has happened in the past week, I want to stay and to try to compete at the Australian Open.  I remain focused on that.  I flew here to play at one of the most important events we have in front of the amazing fans.  For now I cannot say more but THANK YOU for standing with me through all this and encouraging me to stay strong.”

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