Novak Djokovic closed the gap in the men’s Grand Slam race by winning his seventh Wimbledon title and 21st major on Sunday. He is now just one behind leader Rafael Nadal, who has 22 Grand Slams to his name.
While Djokovic’s feat on the pitch has been celebrated and much talked about, his stance on the COVID 19 vaccine continues to land him in hot water.
Djokovic has received a lot of criticism since January when he was kicked out of Australia due to his unvaccinated status. Now, with his participation in the US Open hanging in the balance following COVID-19 restrictions in the country, another reporter has raised concerns over Djokovic’s views on the jab.
Journalist Benjamin Butterworth spoke on GB News’ Dan Wootton Tonight, criticizing the Serb’s continued refusal to get vaccinated, which “puts people at risk”. Butterworth went on to call Djokovic a “shame”.
“Absolutely [people need the vaccine] and it’s a shame, Novak Djokovic is one of the most dangerous people in sport and one of the most dangerous celebrities on this planet.
“Because if you look at the Lancet report, the medical journal, it says that about 14.4 million people had their lives saved because of the vaccine.
“And the highest worldwide estimate of people after getting the vaccine is 77,000.
“So it’s clear what Novak Djokovic did puts people at risk and that’s why he’s a disgrace,” Butterworth said.
Butterworth added that Djokovic is one of the most well-known sports stars in the world and has used the platform given to him to “talk people out of getting vaccinated”.
“We know the chances of passing it on are reduced by about a third or more, so it’s beneficial in terms of transmission.
“But Djokovic is one of the most famous sports stars in the world and he chose to use this platform, a platform that many people admire for being such an outstanding tennis player, and he used it to deter people to get vaccinated,” Butterworth said.
“I just felt a huge relief, because emotionally I was constantly stressed, like never before in my life” – Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic revealed after his Wimbledon victory that the dramatic saga of his expulsion from Australia had left him “constantly stressed like never before”.
In an article on Tennis Majors, Djokovic said the source of his stress was not only the expulsion itself, but also the negative reviews that followed.
And while he always tried to stay “calm and mentally balanced”, the situation shook him.
“I just felt a huge relief, because emotionally I was under constant stress, like never before in my life – not just because of what happened in Australia, but because of what happened to me. subsequently followed in relation to this.
“I always strive to do things that make me calm and mentally balanced, but I am a human being after all – there have been very ugly insults, taunts, the media constantly reminding me of what happened , and it touched me… But I’m happy to say that I haven’t carried that emotional burden for a while now, even more so with this victory,” said Novak Djokovic.