John McEnroe says he disagrees with Novak Djokovic’s decision not to get vaccinated, but adds that he respects the Serb’s decision. Djokovic, 35, has not been vaccinated against COVID-19 and that cost him his participation in the Australian Open.
Now, Djokovic is likely to miss the US Open as unvaccinated people are barred from entering the country under current US vaccination laws. “Novak has not been given the credit he deserves, he is a class player,” McEnroe told Tennis365.
“I don’t agree with his decision not to get vaccinated, but I respect it. He’s one of the fittest guys in the world and everything he puts into his body is carefully monitored. been a train wreck for him. A complete debacle.
To the extent that the way he was kicked out of Australia, are you kidding me? The way it all played out was just horrible, so I respect him even more for getting through these things. He has to be the mentally toughest player I have ever seen on a tennis court.
(Rafael) Nadal is the most effort player, but Djokovic is amazing mentally. What he is able to tackle and still succeed at this extraordinary level.” After winning Wimbledon, Djokovic confirmed that he does not intend to get vaccinated just to be able to play in the US Open.
In addition, Djokovic made it clear that he will not in any way try to force him into the United States. “We have to fix this,” McEnroe said. “Djokovic needs to play at the US Open. Please someone figure out how we make this happen because we need this amazing champion there.”
Djokovic is at risk of missing the next two Grand Slams. After being kicked out of Australia, Djokovic was handed a three-year ban from entering the country. However, his ban could be lifted “under the right circumstances” and we could see him in the tournament next January.
Cobolli on Novak Djokovic
During a recent interview with OA Sport, Italy’s upcoming tennis star Flavio Cobolli weighed in on the topic, suggesting that his idol Novak Djokovic should be allowed to play in the US as he makes the tournaments “more beautiful.”
“I’m not sure, but I believe that seeing the strongest player in history being out of the top 20 at the end of the year is not good for tennis and will certainly weigh on us all. In my opinion, it is right to let him play in America because it is also thanks to him that the tournaments are even more beautiful,” Cobolli said.