Novak Djokovic hopes Covid-19 vaccine will not be mandatory for players
April 24, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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World No. 1 Novak Djokovic says he hopes Covid-19 vaccines will not be mandatory for tennis players on tour.
(CNN)World No. 1 Novak Djokovic says he hopes Covid-19 vaccines will not be mandatory for tennis players on tour.
Speaking to reporters during this week's Serbia Open, the 33-year-old insisted he wouldn't reveal whether he gets a vaccine in the future and hoped receiving a jab would not be made compulsory by the sport's governing bodies.
"And I will keep the decision as to whether I'm going to get vaccinated or not to myself," he said.
Djokovic's comments come after the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) said vaccinated players would not be classified as close contacts to those who tested positive for the virus, meaning they would be less likely to suffer disruption during competitions.
Both the ATP and the women's World Tennis Association (WTA) recommended players receive a vaccination when offered.
The Serbian has previously said he would oppose a compulsory vaccination but has since said he would wait for more clarification from the ATP over its protocols.