‘Novax’ Djokovic Makes Headlines Once Again, Admits He’s Willing To Give Up on Major Titles To Stay Jab Free

‘Novax’ Djokovic Makes Headlines Once Again, Admits He’s Willing To Give Up on Major Titles To Stay Jab Free

Byron Pillay
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:56 PM
  • Novak Djokovic is getting ready to compete for the first time since he was deported from Australia ahead of the Australian Open
  • The world number one tennis player has admitted that he would give up on the chance of winning titles if it meant he could not get the vaccine
  • Fans are divided on social media after Novak Djokovic spoke about how he is not 'anti-vax' but would not get the vaccine

Novak Djokovic has divided sports fans once again with his recent comments about the vaccine.

The world number one tennis player admitted that he would be willing to give up on competing for major titles if it meant remaining jab free.

Novak Djokovic is kissing goodbye his chances of winning more grand slam titles as he stands firm about not getting the jab. Image: Julian Finney
‘Novax’ Djokovic Makes Headlines Once Again, Admits He’s Willing To Give Up on Major Titles To Stay Jab Free
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Djokovic is returning to action at tournament in Dubai, the first time he will play since he was deported from Australia, IOL reported.

Speaking to the BBC though, Djokovic said that he wasn’t ‘anti-vax’ but would be willing to miss out on grand slam tournaments if it meant that he didn’t have to get the Covid19 jab.

His response though has social media divided once again, with some applauding the player for standing up for what he believes in.


"That is by definition, "anti-vax". How can he say he is not anti-vax? @DjokerNole"


"Just dump him from the tour entirely."


"Whilst some rush to get the vaccine so they can go on holiday, #novakdjokovic has said he would rather miss out on future tennis trophies than be forced to get a Covid vaccine. Now, this is integrity. Thanks for standing up against coercion and fighting for freedom."


"So proud of Novak for standing up for what in he believes in and fighting. If he doesn’t want to get vaccinated then I’ll support his decision and respect that. Won’t ever stop supporting you Novak "


"If #novakdjokovic wants to abandon chances at being best male tennis player to antivax conspiracies, please let him do so very quietly and away from media."


"Getting the vaccine is about protecting others. Covid once again showing us all how much people tend to put themselves first these days. What happened to community? You get vaccinated to protect the vulnerable, the elderly, your community and yourself."

Novak Djokovic in talks to sue Australia, Serbian unhappy with the treatment he received from government

The saga between Novak Djokovic and the Australian government is far from coming to an end, despite the world number one being deported from the country before the start of the Australian Open.

Novak Djokovic was originally detained and his VISA rejected when he arrived in Melbourne for the tournament, but he was then let go after his lawyers filed an appeal, Sports Brief earlier reported.

The Australian Government then threatened to deport Djokovic for a second time after he admitted to 'errors' with his paperwork and admitted to attending events and conducting an interview with a journalist while he was Covid19 positive.

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Byron Pillay
Byron Pillay is a sports writer and Head of the Department at Sports Brief (joined in 2022) with over 10 years of experience in community journalism and a degree in journalism from Caxton's Cadet School.
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