Novak Djokovic continues to say ‘no’ to the covid vaccine and is ready to give up the US Open, the last Grand Slam event scheduled in New York from 29 August. The 35-year-old Serbian is preparing to defend his title at Wimbledon. The tournament on the London grass starts tomorrow without Russian and Belarusian tennis players, excluded from the British federation after the start of the war in Ukraine. Read also Djokovic reiterated his position towards the vaccine by answering a specific question. Does he continue to rule out the possibility of getting vaccinated before the US Open? “Yes”, said the Serb who this year, as it is known, precisely because he was not vaccinated, was expelled in January from Australia and missed the Australian Open. “To date I cannot enter the United States and this gives me extra motivation to do well here “at Wimbledon. “I hope to have a good tournament like I have done in the last 3 editions. Then, let’s see what happens. I would like to go to the USA but today it is not possible. There is not much I can do, it is up to the US government” decide “whether to let unvaccinated people into the country”. The Belgrade champion also expressed his opinion on the exclusion of Russians and Belarusians from Wimbledon: “I do not see how they could have contributed to what happened”, he said referring to the war and judging the exclusion “unfair”. “They are professional athletes, they deserve to compete for the win. None of them have expressed support for the war. I understand both points of view, it is difficult to say what is right or wrong,” he added referring to the decision of the Wimbledon organizers. “But I don’t think it’s right to put myself in a position to be excluded” from the tournament “due to circumstances that I didn’t help to create.”
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