Novak Djokovic has spoken out against media misinterpretation of his vaccination stance.
Djokovic earned a medical exemption from the Australian Open in January 2022 after declining the COVID-19 vaccination. The 22-time Grand Slam winner’s exemption was contested in Australia, and he was imprisoned and deported.
The Serb’s anti-vaccine position made global news at the time.
Djokovic addressed vaccination criticism on Monday, May 15, after defeating Grigor Dimitrov in the third round of the Italian Open.
Despite media misinformation, the 35-year-old stressed his loyalty to his convictions. Djokovic stressed that he supports the vaccine option.
Djokovic also said that the BBC edited his vaccination interview to fit their story. He was disappointed by the media and his colleagues’ replies.
Novak Djokovic faces Cameron Norrie in Italian Open 4R.
Novak Djokovic will play Cameron Norrie in the fourth round of the Italian Open to defend his title. In Rome, the Brit beat Alexandre Muller. Norrie defeated Marton Fucsovics 6-2, 7-6(4) to face Djokovic.
He last defeated Norrie in the 2022 Wimbledon semifinals. Their first ATP clay-court match is in Rome.