Novak Djokovic speaks on COVID vaccination after the controversial ‘booing’ at AO trophy presentation ceremony

World no.1 Novak Djokovic shares his views on the coronavirus vaccines.


Novak Djokovic won his record 18th grand slam title on Sunday with a straight set victory over Daniil Medvedev. But the trophy presentation ceremony was a bit controversial with the fans booed Tennis Australia chair Jayne Hrdlicka.

Jayne Hrdlicka was forced to halt her speech following the Australian Open final – when the fans started booing her over her remarks over the coronavirus ‘vaccine’. The act of the fans wasn’t taken well on the social media.

The championship winner, Novak Djokovic also commented about the vaccines. He said he won’t commit to taking the COVID-19 vaccine and instead said he’ll “wait and see” once the ATP implements its rules and regulations moving forward.

“I’m just going to wait and see”: Novak Djokovic on taking the vaccine

Novak Djokovic

“Let’s see what happens. There’s been a lot of discussion about that but nothing is yet concretely set about that or there aren’t any regulations or rules in place from ATP or from slams,” Djokovic said.

“So I’m just going to wait and see. Right now it’s all a debate and it’s all in the air, so I don’t want to make any comment about something that is not yet complete.”

Djokovic praised the TA president and spoke of Australia’s fortune at being able to walk around without masks and host large crowds.

“It was definitely not an easy situation to be in for head of TA. I empathise with her,” Djokovic said. “I thought she did very well under those circumstances and conditions, it was definitely not easy to stay composed but she did. She ended her speech in a very good manner.”

“There’s a lot of mixed opinions and mixed emotions about everything that is happening in the world today. People want to go back to their normal lives, it’s normal in a way that you see and hear the frustrations.

“We are all in it together, we all want to go back to being free and not being masks and stuff like this. It doesn’t look like the end is near, especially in Europe in terms of sports events and having the crowd on the stands.

“It’s highly unlikely we’ll get to experience what we experienced here in Australia. So definitely try to remember and enjoy this kind of experience because it seems like it’s going to be a unique one for quite some time.”

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