“Novak Djokovic is a symbol of courage and freedom” Italian Art historian praises the Serb for not bowing to the ‘incompetent government’ in Australia

Italian Art historian and critic Vittorio Sgarbi praises Novak Djokovic for winning over Italians with his performance in the Rome Masters.

Novak Djokovic and Vittorio Sgarbi
Novak Djokovic and Vittorio Sgarbi

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic made a fantastic return during the Claycourt season of the season as he won his record-extending 38th ATP Masters title at the 2022 Rome Masters while finishing as the runner-up in the 2022 Belgrade Open. Prior to the Golden Swing, Novak had played just one tournament, the 2022 Dubai Tennis Championships that too in the last week of February.

The lack of playing time for Novak at the start of the season was due to the drama in Australia where he was not allowed to play because of his unvaccinated status against Covid-19 despite having a medical exemption from the medical board set up by the government. Novak was also denied entry to the US for the same reason although he was not humiliated like in Australia where despite entering the country he was later deported and banned for 3 years.

“Djokovic is a symbol of freedom and courage. Djokovic did not win just one match, but he won everyone who wanted to make him play. Art is an individual thing, music is individual, sport is individual and neither your citizenship nor your attitude can be a reason to prevent someone from dominating. So whoever prevented Djokovic from playing in Australia – he is a coward! It is the government of the incompetent who treated him as if he were ill.

“He was so ill that he arrived in Italy and won the tournament as soon as these bans imposed by the incompetent were lifted. We have to live in a healthy world, and the sick have to be treated. And Djokovic showed what he is like as soon as he was allowed to play. Now we see that we live in a world of the unfortunate and a world of cowards. Djokovic is a symbol of courage and freedom. I am him and I support him at this moment,” said Italian Art historian Vittorio Sgarbi as per the reports of Mondo.rs.

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With reports emerging about whether Djokovic will be allowed in France as the country was looking to impose a ban on non-vaccinated foreigners. However, due to the drop in cases of Covid-19, the ban was not imposed and Novak could make the journey to play in Paris for the 2022 French Open where he will be the defending champion and is looking for his 3rd title in Roland Garros and 21st career Grand Slam title.

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