Recently, Jelena Djokovic, the wife of Novak Djokovic, came out in defense of her husband on social networks. She clashed with journalist Ben Rothenberg, who called Novak “the greatest icon of the anti-vaccine movement “.
The journalist wrote on his Twitter account that the tennis player could have won his last Grand Slam this year, taking into account that the United States has not yet lifted its ban on entering the country without being vaccinated. Therefore, the Serbian tennis player could not participate in the US Open.
“Unless there is a change in US immigration law, Winbledon will be Djokovic’s last Grand Slam this year. The US requires foreigners to be vaccinated before entering the country, and Djokovic is adamant that he will not get vaccinated.”
Jelena, Novak’s wife was not going to put up with anyone speaking ill of her husband. She responded to Ben’s tweet, saying “Sorry. Just came to point out that you’ve branded him an anti-vaccine guy for no reason. He’s just following what his body tells him.”
At the moment, Novak Djokovic cannot participate in the US Open due to not being vaccinated. The vaccine law that is currently active in the United States prevents the tennis player from entering the country. The Serbian may miss the North American Grand Slam. The Center for Disease Control requires that all non-US citizens must be vaccinated to enter the country by plane.
Rothenberg was quick to remind the tennis player’s wife of his little altercation at the Australian Open, when he was deported for not being vaccinated. ” I understand that it is his decision, but what I am saying is that his decision to stay against vaccines is preventing him from participating in tournaments and makes him, like it or not, an important icon of the anti-vaccine movement. I saw it very clearly during the Australian problem.
Jelena responded, “You’re creating a very critical pitch that’s based on your criteria. He’s just choosing what’s best for his body. If he can’t play because he’s made that decision, he’s okay with it.”
The tennis player’s fans are divided by this controversy. Some support his decision, while others don’t see it as logical. They are upset that the Serb cannot play at the 2022 US Open, just like when he had to withdraw from Indian Wells due to his refusal to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Djokovic himself knows that it is very unlikely that he will be able to enter the United States again.