Serb Novak Djokovic celebrates after defeating Gael Monfils of France in a semi-final of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship in Dubai, United has Arab Emirates, Friday, February 28, 2020. (AP Photo / Kamran Jebreili)
BELGRADE, Serbia – Novak Djokovic has reiterated that he will be anti-coronavirus vaccine when the pandemic's trip becomes mandatory, but says he is open to changing his mind.
High-ranking Djokovic said in a statement emailed to The Associated Press on Tuesday: "I personally am against vaccination against COVID-19 in order to travel.
“But if it becomes mandatory, I have to make a decision whether to do it or not. This is my current feeling and I don't know if it will change, but it really affects my job. "
A vaccine has not yet been made, but some like Amelie Mauresmo have said that world tennis tours should only start again if there is one.
Djokovic caused a stir in a live Facebook chat with other Serbian players on Sunday when he said that if vaccination were mandatory when the tour resumed, he would "not want to be forced by anyone" to do so.
In his statement on Tuesday, Djokovic said that many tennis players and other athletes asked him what he thought about the situation.
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"I expressed my views because I have the right and feel responsible for highlighting certain key issues related to the tennis world," he said.
Djokovic and his wife Jelena advocated natural healing rather than vaccinations, saying that like the rest of the world, he was "a bit confused".
"I'm not an expert, but I want to be able to choose the best for my body," he said. "I am open and will continue to research this topic because it is important and it will affect us all."
Prominent Serbian epidemiologist Predrag Kon, a member of the state team fighting the spread of COVID-19, said Djokovic should not have given any statements against vaccinations because of his great public influence in his home country, the Balkans.
Djokovic won the Australian Open in January for his 17th Grand Slam title, and ATP suspended its tour in March due to the global virus outbreak.
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