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Novak Djokovic’s anti-vaxx beliefs keep him out of US Open

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Self-sabotage can be deadly like unexpected cushioning.

After winning his 21st Grand Slam at Wimbledon – his seventh at the All England Club – on Sunday, no one knows when Novak Djokovic will play tennis again, as he won’t be able to build on the momentum of his recent victory in New York. for the US Open.

Why?

Because Novak Djokovic has been his own biggest opponent lately.

After showing us how hypocritical he was when he called out Naomi Osaka for not following the rulesthen turned around and was at the center of controversy at the Australian Open over his vaccination status and visa issues that prevented him from competing Down Under, Djokovic returned to play at Wimbledon, but will miss probably next month’s US Open for the second year in a row due to being an anti-vaxxer.

“The only good news I can have is that they are removing the mandatory green vaccine card…to enter the United States,” Djokovic said on Sunday. “Or exemption.” According ABC News, he told the BBC in February that “based on all the information I have obtained, I have decided not to take the vaccine”. He also reiterated that he does not plan to get vaccinated.

If one of the greatest tennis players of all time wants to be an obstacle in his own career, then that’s his right. But what we’re not going to do is give the impression that he’s a brave icon for personal and civil rights, like some people try to do.

James Melville, a communications and sponsorship consultant, freelance writer and pundit – according to his Twitter biography – used the app this week to try to make it look like Djokovic has somehow become a face for human rights .

Social media rightly roasted it.

“Two sports icons. Two different eras. But there is a huge similarity between Muhammad Ali and Novak Djokovic. They stayed true to their principles even when the world tried to shut them down. They both transcended the sport with their bravery when under fire,” he wrote stupidly as if Djokovic couldn’t play or risk being jailed. But what’s even funnier is that Melville is too stupid to realize that Ali was pro-vaccine and that he was doing promotions for them.

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CaliforniaEvery time an athlete takes a stand some idiot somewhere tries to compare him to Ali when there hasn’t been a single athlete since Ali who has faced as much as him and then been able to overcome everything and become a champion again. We’ve even seen people try it out with Colin Kaepernick at times over the years because they don’t realize Kaepernick’s banishment from his sport is still ongoing as he’s been out of the NFL since 2016 because he simply asked the police to stop killing Black. people.

One day, when Djokovic is older, he will be alone with his thoughts, wondering how many major tournaments he could have won if he had been vaccinated. When you’re so good at your sport, the urge to improve and win more is what drives you. So if Djokovic wants to add more material to his trophy case, he should just consider the NBA as a reason getting the shot could help improve his storied career even further. Bradley Beal and Andrew Wiggins were once anti-vaxxers, but they ended up getting smart. Beal just signed a $251 million contract to stay with the Washington Wizards, and Wiggins just had the best season of his basketball life and was named an All-Star Game starter and won his first championship with the Golden State Warriors. And to bolster that argument, last week the Kansas City Royals lost 10 players as anti-vaxxers couldn’t travel to Toronto to play against the Blue Jays.

And then there’s Kyrie Irving. Like Djokovic, he’s a legendary talent who’s also an anti-vaxxer. And because he refused to get shot, his team’s season was destroyed and his franchise is in disarray, and he’s lost millions and could lose more. Don’t be like Kyrie Irving or the Kansas City Royals, Novak Djokovic. Be like Andrew Wiggins.

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