Novak Djokovic’s anti-vaccine stand sees him named the best among the Big-3 by Republican Presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy

Vivek Ramaswamy has lauded Novak Djokovic for his strong anti-vaccination stance, even if it meant missing Grand Slams.


Novak Djokovic’s anti-vaccine stand sees him named the best among the Big-3 by Republican Presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy

Vivek Ramaswamy and Novak Djokovic image via: Wired)

Novak Djokovic’s anti-vaccination stance has raised eyebrows among many on the tennis circuit. The anti-vaccination stance of Nole made him pay a big price. He had to miss major tournaments due to the COVID-19 rules and regulations in that respective country. 

First of all, he missed the Australian Open in 2022 as he was deported from Australia. The deportation was done just because Nole wasn’t able to provide his vaccination status on his arrival. 

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Secondly, he also had to miss the US Open because of the strict Covid rules and would not be able to enter the US without being vaccinated.

However, this anti-vaccination stance is also being encouraged by many. The US Republican Presidential Candidate Vivek Ramaswamy has lauded heavy praise on the Serbian for his courageous decision to even miss the Grand Slams for his stance. 

In a podcast with Darren J. Beattie Ramaswamy was asked about his favorite player among the Big-3. To which Ramaswamy said:

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Recently Novak has taken over for me (from Nadal) because he embodies a different virtue of courage. The fact that he gave up slams for his principled decision to not take the vaccine, I respect the decision. I respect the courage and conviction...he embodies excellence.

This anti-vaccination stance and its consequence of missing the Grand Slams also put Nole’s dream of having most Grand Slams at risk. Back then, Rafael Nadal had the greatest number of Grand Slams with 22, while Nole was in second place with 20. Eventually, after Nole’s splendid season in 2023, Nole was able to overtake Rafa with 24 Grand Slam titles.

Novak Djokovic

Amidst all the controversies regarding Nole’s anti-vaccination stance, Nole clarified the situation. In an interview with the BBC, the Serbian said that he was not against vaccination. Adding to this, Nole said that he had taken vaccines when he was a child. The Serbian further said

I've always supported the freedom to choose what you put in your body.
Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic (Image via: X)

The Serbian made sure during this season that all dues were cleared. Winning both the Australian Open and the US Open has settled the scores for Nole. 

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The World No. 1 will again be featured in the Australian Open in January. The upcoming season will be a big one for Serbia, with the Olympics around the corner. Moreover, with Nadal returning to the court next season, fans would be hoping to see a clash between the two giants of the game.

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