Aussie tennis star in hot water over Novak Djokovic tweet

Aug 05, 2022
Australian tennis player John Millman suggested that Djokovic should be able to compete in the US Open despite his vaccination status. Source: Getty Images.

Australian tennis player John Millman has attracted the ire of social media after questioning why Novak Djokovic can’t compete in the US Open.

Djokovic is not permitted to enter the US given the nation’s current regulations that require non-citizens to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19, preventing the recent Wimbledon champion from competing in the US Open.

While revealing to Twitter his withdrawal from the ATP 250 event in Mexico after he tested positive for Covid-19, Millman suggested that Djokovic should be able to compete in the US Open despite his vaccination status given so many Americans appear to be not following Covid-19 guidelines.

 

His tweet quickly triggered a fierce debate among Twitter users, with many criticising Millman and calling for Djokovic to get the vaccination if he wishes to compete.

 

Although there were many who criticised Millman for his view just as many supported his stance and called for Djokovic to be included in the US Open despite his vaccination status.

Following the uproar, Millman clarified his position on the vaccination requirement and voiced his support for a vaccination requirement.

Djokovic’s stance on vaccines and his refusal to follow vaccine mandates has marred his recent on-court achievements, which earlier this year saw the world No. 6 forfeit his spot at the 2022 Australian Open after his Australian visa was cancelled.

Djokovic’s visa was cancelled after arriving at Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport at around 11:30 pm on Wednesday, January 5. Following a court battle on January 10 to have the cancellation overturned and after the intervention of Immigration Minister Alex Hawke, Djokovic was forced to leave Australia.

Djokovic was spotted leaving Australia at Melbourne’s Tullamarine airport at 10:30pm on Sunday, January 16 flanked by Australian Federal Police (AFP) officers as he boarded an Emirates flight to Dubai.

Despite his vaccine objections and the roadblocks it has caused for his competitive sporting career, Djokovic recently secured his Wimbledon men’s final win at Centre Court on Sunday, July 10.

In the highly anticipated final showdown between himself and Nick Kyrgios, Djokovic recorded a 4-6 6-3 6-4 7-6(3) victory over Kyrgios at the All England Club. His Wimbledon win continues Djokovic’s winning streak at the club to 28 matches, with his recent victory marking the first time he has won four consecutive titles at the tournament.

A humbled Djokovic struggled to find the words to convey what winning the Wimbledon finals meant to him and those closest to him.

“I’ve lost words for what this tournament, what this trophy means to me, to my team, to my family. I have said this many times,” he said.

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