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‘Freedom over what you put in your body,’ Novak Djokovic on Covid vaccine

In one of the press conference in Turin, Novak Djokovic spoke about the Covid vaccine and 'freedom of choice'.

Novak Djokovic

World No.1 Novak Djokovic has always been vocal about his opinions, which may sometimes go against public sentiment. For the very same, the Serbian maestro often gets a lot of heat from fans and fellow players, but Djokovic has always took a stand for things he believes in.

He has one of the first players to publicly say that the Covid vaccine shouldn’t be made mandatory in sports. He has time and again emphasized that getting shot should be one’s personal decision and hence couldn’t be imposed on anyone.

Recently, Nick Kyrgios made it clear that he believes that unvaccinated players shouldn’t be allowed to play the Australian Open- which indirectly was targeted towards Djokovic.

Nick Kyrgios and Novak Djokovic

Recently, in a press conference, Djokovic was asked about Kyrgios’ comments, to which he replied, “That was unexpected knowing what was coming from him towards me in the last couple of years.” 

“But this time I must agree with him that the freedom of choice is essential for everyone, whether it’s me or somebody else,” he added. “Doesn’t really matter whether it’s vaccination or anything else in life. You should have the freedom to choose, to decide what you want to do. In this particular case, what you want to put in your body.”

“I have been always a proponent of that and always a supporter of freedom of choice, and I will be always supporting that because freedom is essential for I’d say a happy and prosperous life,” Djokovic said. 

Djokovic to face Zverev in the semifinal

Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev

Novak Djokovic has been flawless this week in Turin so far. He hasn’t dropped a single set in his first two matches and has qualified for the semifinals. In his last group stage match, he will face Briton Cameron Norrie on Friday. On account of his straight sets victories, he has ensured that he’ll top the group.

In the semifinals, he will face German third seed Alexander Zverev. The last two times they met, their match went down the distance and the same is expected in Turin too.

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