Speaking to reporters at this week’s Serbian Open, the 33-year-old insisted he would not reveal if he would receive a vaccine in the future and hoped that receiving a vaccine would not be. not made compulsory by the governing bodies of sport.
“I don’t think that will happen. I hope not, because I have always believed in freedom of choice,” Djokovic said, per Reuters.
“And I will keep the decision whether or not to get the vaccine,” he said. “It’s a personal decision, and I don’t want to get into this pro and anti-vaccine game that the media unfortunately creates these days.
“I don’t want to be labeled as someone who is against or who is for vaccines. I’m not going to answer the question … and I hope everyone respects that.”
Djokovic’s comments come after the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) said vaccinated players would not be classified as close contacts of those who tested positive for the virus, meaning they would be less susceptible to disruption during competitions.
The ATP and the Women’s World Tennis Association (WTA) have recommended that players get vaccinated when offered.
Djokovic tested positive for coronavirus last year after an exhibition event he hosted in Croatia.
The Serb has previously said he would oppose a mandatory vaccination, but has since said he will wait for more details from ATP on his protocols.
Djokovic won the Australian Open earlier this year to claim his 18th Grand Slam title. He also broke Roger Federer’s all-time record for most of the weeks he spent as the men’s world No.1.