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Novak Djokovic has given exceptional interview to BBC News. where he speaks up on everything about Australian issues.
The world No. 1 was asked about vaccination and if he would sacrifice competing in Wimbledon or French Open over his viewpoint on the vaccine.
“Yes, that is the price that I’m willing to pay,” he said.
“I was never against vaccination,” he told the BBC, confirming that he’d had vaccines as a child, “but I’ve always supported the freedom to choose what you put in your body.”
Djokovic once again broke silence on his own attitude towards the vaccine.
“The principles of decision making on my body are more important than any title or anything else. I’m trying to be in tune with my body as much as I possibly can.”
The Serb star was also addressed speculation about the sequence of events ahead of the Australian Open in January.
“I understand that there is a lot of criticism, and I understand that people come out with different theories on how lucky I was or how convenient it is,” he claimed.
“But no-one is lucky and convenient of getting Covid. Millions of people have and are still struggling with Covid around the world.
“So I take this very seriously, I really don’t like someone thinking I’ve misused something or in my own favour, in order to, you know, get a positive PCR test and eventually go to Australia.”
The 34-year-old was also questioned about further details about his time in Melbourne in January.
“I was really sad and disappointed with the way it all ended for me in Australia.It wasn’t easy.” he said.
“Absolutely, the visa declaration error was not deliberately mad.
“It was accepted and confirmed by the Federal Court and the minister himself in the Ministry for Immigration in Australia.
“So actually, what people probably don’t know is that I was not deported from Australia on the basis that I was not vaccinated, or I broke any rules or that I made an error in my visa declaration.
“All of that was actually approved and validated by the Federal Court of Australia and the Minister for Immigration.
“The reason why I was deported from Australia was because the Minister for Immigration used his discretion to cancel my visa based on his perception that I might create some anti-vax sentiment in the country or in the city, which I completely disagree with.”
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