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Novak Djokovic Australian Open series 2022

‘It’s just selfish’ – ATP pro slams Novak Djokovic vaccine exemption

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While he has empathy for the world number one, former top 30 pro Joao Sousa has labelled Novak Djokovic as being selfish for attempting to play the Australian Open unvaccinated.ย 

As things stand, the nine-time Australian Open champion is preparing to defend his three successive trophies and fight for a 10th Down Under and 21st overall.

However, Djokovic could yet be deported on the decision of Australian immigration officials.

That decision would be made in light of false information given on his declaration form for entering the country, something the 20-time Slam winner has addressed in a public statement.

Responses from fellow pros have been mixed, with the Portuguese world number 140 now weighing in as he progresses through Australian Open qualifying.

โ€œI respect that he fights for what he believes and I can be empathetic with what he is going through in Australia,” Sousa told Portuguese outlet Bola Amarela.

“But it’s a bit selfish from him to arrive here as the only player unvaccinated. It’s tough for us players to accept that.

“Many players, not in my case, didn’t want to get vaccinated and were forced to do it to be able to play tournaments. He is finding a way around those rules.”

Djokovic has been training at Melbourne Park on Rod Laver Arena, sharing an image with his team after winning his court case as well as video released from a 9 News drone.

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