"The hole he’s digging just keeps getting bigger it makes me laugh" - Tennis fans react to Novak Djokovic's comments on potentially missing the US Open

Fans react to Novak Djokovic potentially missing the US Open
Fans react to Novak Djokovic potentially missing the US Open
Karan Vinod

Novak Djokovic has been making headlines all year due to his stance on the COVID-19 vaccination. The Serb has been adamant that he will not get the vaccination and has insisted that people should have the right to decide what to put in their body.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion has already missed a whole host of tournaments this year, including the first Major of the year Down Under. Djokovic, who has won the Australian Open a record nine times, could only watch from the sidelines as his great rival Rafael Nadal won his 21st Grand Slam at Melbourne Park in January.

The Serb was able to play at the French Open and will be competing at Wimbledon as well. But questions have arisen over his participation at the US Open later this year as unvaccinated travelers will not be allowed to enter the United States.

Djokovic, in a press conference, made it unequivocally clear when asked about his views on vaccination ahead of the year's final Major.

Q. About the US Open, you said there's nothing you can do at this point. But you do still have time to get vaccinated before New York to make it in time for the US. Is that something you've completely closed your mind to as an option going forward, or...NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Yes.

Tennis fans subsequently flooded Twitter to react to the news, with many making their displeasure known.

"The hole he’s digging just keeps getting bigger it makes me laugh," one fan wrote.
the hole he’s digging just keeps getting bigger it makes me laugh…
And That's your choice Novax…
Hope the rules change so he can be there.…
No surprises here. It really is a shame that this man was willing to take pain killers and undergo elbow surgery in 2018 to prolong his career (which goes against his holistic approach to life), yet he refuses to take a vaccine which protects both himself and others around him.…
Some way to completely let a key year go to waste when you're already 35yo!…
Djokovic has given up on GS record. I don't care if Djokovic doesn't win another gs but unable to participate in majors in his last few years of his tennis career is sad.Uncertainity is painful and it's hard to watch Novak shooting himself in the foot like this.…
@BenRothenberg Knowing Djokovic, he’ll find a way to rort the system to get in to US.

Many fans expressed their support for Novak Djokovic and applauded his decision to stick to his principles.

"This is where my love for the player vs. the person is really distinguished," one fan wrote.
@BenRothenberg This is where my love for the player vs. the person is really distinguished.
@BenRothenberg Novak doesn't change his mind if there isn't a very good reason. (And there isn't). So proud that he stands with his principles. Unlike a lot of players who didn't actually want to vaccinate but just did it to play. At heart they are just as opposed to vaxing as Novak.
Right. His body, his choice. Remember?…
@BenRothenberg If Novak Djokovic sits out the US Open and is banned from the Australian Open for 3 years, he will not be able to play in ANY of the hard court majors for over a year (soonest would be the 2023 US Open) and he may not ever be able to do so unless he gets vaccinated. Amazing.
@BenRothenberg So he was permitted to play the USOpen last yr when the Covid situation was much worse but not permitted to play it this year? Are we really still doing this? This is insane.
Tennis has been more entertaining off court this season Waiting for the new Djokovic saga…

Another set of tennis fans believe that this is the perfect opportunity for Rafael Nadal to achieve the Calendar Grand Slam.

"RAFA pls make use of it," one fan urged.
Rafaeellll come get yoo things baby…
#Nadal for the win!!…
@BenRothenberg RAFA pls make use of it👀
Grande @DjokerNole ni se te ocurra vacunarse, hay que ir con nuestros principios hasta el final 🤪🤪…

Novak Djokovic's history at the US Open

Djokovic at the 2021 US Open - Day 14
Djokovic at the 2021 US Open - Day 14

Novak Djokovic was on the brink of making history last year when he reached the final of the US Open and was a match away from achieving the Calendar Grand Slam. However, Daniil Medvedev put an end to his dream in what turned out to be a one-sided final.

Djokovic has been triumphant in New York on three occasions - 2011, 2015 and 2018. His most memorable victory came in 2011, when he fought back from two sets down in the semifinals against Roger Federer to reach the final, saving two match points in the process. He beat Nadal in four sets in the showpiece event.

In 2015, the Serb beat Federer in the final in four sets despite the Swiss maestro coming into the match without dropping a single set throughout the tournament. In the 2018 edition, Djokovic beat Juan Martin del Potro in straight sets, dropping just two sets in the entire tournament.

Edited by Nihal Taraporvala


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