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Novak Djokovic defends his position on not getting vaccinated, says he’ll bear the ‘consequences’ but will ‘stay true’ to what he believes in

After his title triumph in Del Aviv, Novak Djokovic talks about his vaccination stand and how the media hasn't been fair to him.

Novak Djokovic

21-time grand slam champion Novak Djokovic won his 89th career title in Tel Aviv after he defeated Marin Cilic in the final in straight sets 6-3,6-4. This was Djokovic’s third title of the season and he became the first player to win atleast one title on each surface this season. Djokovic has had a tough year so far due to his vaccination stand and he addressed it after winning the Tel Aviv Open.

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In an interview to Guy Azriel of i24NEWS, Djokovic said that he stays true to his values and believes in freedom of choice. He said that he is ready to take any consequences but will always stay true to what he believes in.

“I stay true to my values and to things that I believe in and I believe in freedom of choice and I believe that everyone should have possibility to choose what they would to do their bodies, so I made my decision. That meant that I am not going to two Grand Slams and that’s fine you know. It is what it is. I will take the consequence of that but I will stay true to what I believe inDjokovic said.

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‘The media has not been very nice to me’: Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic

Djokovic then said that the media hasn’t been nice to him this year because there was an agenda in terms of strategy. He has learnt to just deal with it and swallow it. He is just going to do his best and play good tennis.

“You know that the spotlight that you mentioned, unfortunately, this year it created a lot of negative spotlights and the media has not been very nice to me, but I kind of expected it because the media is not always so nice when there is an agenda in terms of strategy. So I have to just deal with it and swallow it, and go out on the court and do what I do best, and that’s playing tennis,the Serb said.

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Lakshya Chopra is an aspiring sports writer and enthusiast who covers tennis for FirstSportz. He is currently pursuing his B.Tech (Computer) degree from VIIT, Pune. He is the most passionate guy in the room when it comes to Sports. He is hugely inspired by Rafael Nadal.