A rule by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) bans the Serbian starlet from entering the US without proof of vaccination.
“It’s embarrassing and defies logic and science,” journalist and sports presenter Ben Fordham said in a statement to Sportskeeda reported.
“He’s one of the fittest people on the planet,” the journalist said of Djokovic. “He doesn’t drink, he travels with his personal doctor and nutritionist.”
Fordham noted the athlete has already recovered from COVID, meaning his body has been producing antibodies.
“I had COVID twice, I had COVID in June 2020 and I recently had COVID in – I tested positive – PCR – December 16, 2021,” Djokovic said during an interview earlier this year.
Fordham isn’t the only one to call Djokovic’s effective ban a foul; tennis legend John McEnroefor example, called the rule “ridiculous”.
“These politicians are too much in each other’s way,” McEnroe said blown up via ESPN Airwaves last month. “They did it in Australia. Let’s let the guy come in and play in the US.”
“I mean come on,” he added.
Djokovic has made it clear he has no plans to vaccinate himself against the virus, citing his good health and feelings about medical freedom.
“I am not vaccinated and have no plans to be vaccinated,” he said last month. according to to Yahoo! Sports.
Already in February the three-time US Open champion said the BBC that he is willing to sacrifice championships for those beliefs.
“That’s the price I’m willing to pay,” Djokovic said of potentially missing tournaments due to mandatory vaccination. “Because the principles of decision-making are more important to my body than any title or anything else. I try to be as in tune with my body as possible.”
“I’ve never been against vaccinations,” said the athlete, “but I’ve always advocated the freedom to choose what you put into your body.”
The tennis star was dramatic in January arrested and deported from Australia because of his vaccination status, which means he cannot defend his title at the Australian Open.
“It definitely influenced me in the first few months of the year,” said Djokovic said the ordeal. “I wasn’t feeling great in general. I mean, mentally, emotionally, I wasn’t in a good place.