‘I am opposed to it and I wouldn’t want to be forced to take one’: Novak Djokovic could risk losing his world No 1 ranking if tennis players are forced to take a vaccination when action returns after coronavirus shutdown

Monday, April 20, 2020
By Paul Martin

Novak Djokovic’s opposition to vaccines may stand in way of his return to tennis
A push is growing for all players to be vaccinated once tennis restarts
Djokovic has expressed his reluctance to be given a coronavirus vaccine
The highly contagious virus has wreaked havoc upon the tennis calendar

By TREVOR MARSHALLSEA
DAILYMAIL.COM
20 April 2020

World No 1 Novak Djokovic’s opposition to vaccines could stand in the way of his return to tennis when it eventually it resumes following the coronavirus pandemic.

A push is growing for all players to be vaccinated when tennis starts again, provided one is produced by then.

Former world No 1 Amelie Mauresmo last month said tennis should not resume unless players can be vaccinated, although the scientific community has repeatedly said that may be a year away.

‘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 in a live Facebook chat with several fellow Serbian athletes on Sunday.

‘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.’

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