NOVAK DJOKOVIC is in the spotlight amid his ongoing battle to play at this year’s Australian Open.
Novak Djokovic has long made it clear he’s opposed to the coronavirus vaccine. The Serb, whose involvement in this year’s Australian Open is currently up in the air, has often spoken out on the matter. Roger Federer has too and, with the two men both iconic sporting figures, it appears their views couldn’t be more different.
Last week, Djokovic flew out to Australia believing he’d secured a medical exemption that would allow him to play in the Grand Slam despite not having a vaccine.
Ever since, however, the Serb has found himself in the spotlight.
Djokovic was arrested and forced to quarantine but, on Monday, a judge ruled he was free to participate as he looks to win a 21st major of his career.
Yet his involvement in this year’s showpiece tournament is still uncertain.
Australian authorities are now looking to see whether Djokovic provided the wrong information on his travel documents, having previously insisted he’d not travelled in the 14 days prior to jetting Down Under.
And with Djokovic seemingly keen not to be vaccinated, it’s intriguing to see what Federer’s stance is.
The duo, along with Rafael Nadal, are statistically the best players to ever grace a tennis court
Federer, speaking in May last year, confirmed he’d been given the jab.
And the Swiss maestro even went as far to reveal which version he’d been given, saying: “Yes, I’m vaccinated.
“I am happy to have been able to do it with all the trips I take.
“Even if I’m staying in Switzerland, I think there are advantages. Above all, I did it for others because I don’t want to give it to anyone else, even if I still remain very careful.
“We’re very careful with the family and with our friends.”
Nadal, too, has made his feelings on the vaccine clear as well.
The Spaniard, who will also be vying for a 21st Grand Slam title at the Australian Open, last week expressed a belief all players should be vaccinated.