Novak Djokovic received the support of Robert F. Kennedy, JFK’s nephew, in his attempt to compete in the US Open despite not being vaccinated. “Get into action! Tell the Biden administration to let Djokovic play at the US Open,” tweeted Robert F.
Kennedy, Jr. tweeted on July 28. Along with his tweet, Kennedy included a link to a petition in support of Novak Djokovic’s participation in the US Open. “In short, Djokovic poses no public health risk: his participation is good for the game and he shouldn’t have to give up his principles to compete.
The US Open is ready to let Djokovic compete. Don’t let tyranny stop you,” concludes the message preceding the signing of the petition. According to the description on the website of Children’s Health Defense, a corporation chaired by Robert Kennedy, “Kennedy is an esteemed author, with a long list of published books, including the New York Times bestseller, Crimes Against Nature.”
Mr. Kennedy was named one of Time Magazine’s “Heroes for the Planet” for successfully helping Riverkeeper lead the fight to restore the Hudson River. His reputation as a strong advocate for the environment and children’s health stems from a litany of successful lawsuits.
He received recognition for his role in last year’s historic win over Monsanto as well as in the DuPont affair that inspired the film Dark Waters (2019) in the United States due to his vaccination status.
Djokovic, 35, has not been vaccinated against COVID-19 and cannot travel to the United States as international visitors are required to show proof of vaccination. As it stands, Djokovic is very likely to miss this year’s US Open.
Seth Dillon on the Novak Djokovic saga
The latest to come forward in support of Novak Djokovic is the CEO of news site The Babylon Bee, Seth Dillon.
He argued that if the 21-time Grand Slam champion was allowed to play without a vaccination last year, there is no reason to ban him this time. “Djokovic played at the US Open last year, 2021. He lost to Medvedev in the final.
He wasn’t vaccinated. Why in the name of almighty science can’t he play this year?” Dillon tweeted. After winning his seventh Wimbledon title last month, Djokovic again clarified his stance on the matter.
“I have not been vaccinated and do not intend to be vaccinated, so the only good news I can have is that they require the mandatory green vaccination card or whatever you call it to enter the United States, or a Remove Exception. I don’t think an exemption is realistically possible. If that’s possible, I don’t know what an exemption would be about,” Djokovic said.