Novak Djokovic US Open 2021

‘It’s what makes him such a champion’ asserts Patrick Mouratoglou on Novak Djokovic vaccine stance

Patrick Mouratoglou has explained that the unwillingness of Novak Djokovic to get vaccinated against Covid-19 is a perfect example of the focused determination he exercises to be a sporting champion. 

The coach of 23-time Slam winner Serena Williams believes that the world number one’s decision to refuse the vaccine is brave and should be respected.

At time of publication, Djokovic is the only player inside the ATP top 100 who is not vaccinated against Covid-19.

“Novak [Djokovic’s] choice is courageous,” Mouratoglou said on his YouTube channel in support of Djokovic.

“It explains to the entire world why he’s such a champion.

“He’s not scared by what’s going to happen to him, and he accepts the consequences.”

After being deported from Australia ahead of his most successful Slam this year, Djokovic is a doubt for the remaining Majors of the season, Roland Garros, Wimbledon and the US Open.

Should he not play those events, it opens the door for Rafael Nadal to pull further ahead in the Slam race to 22 titles or more after already overtaking Djokovic with his 21st Slam triumph at the Australian Open.

Even in the near future, Djokovic may not be able to play the ‘Sunshine Double’ of Indian Wells and Miami as his unvaccinated status throws up difficulties for entering the US.

“[Djokovic] now knows that [by] not being vaccinated he puts himself at risk of not becoming the greatest player of all time,” Mouratoglou continued.

“Knowing that, he says ‘I keep my line, I’m not going to get vaccinated.’

“Unfortunately, we live in a world where we don’t respect the beliefs of people so much.

“I think it’s a great asset to stick to what you deeply believe.

“He doesn’t believe in vaccination, which, again, is his right.”

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