Novak Djokovic called ‘uneducated’ by Serbian politician as US Open suspension looms | Tennis | sport
Serbian politician Vesna Pesic claimed Novak Djokovic was “uneducated” in a scathing rant after challenging his tough stance on COVID-19 vaccination. The 35-year-old is set to miss competition at this year’s US Open, which is due to start at the end of this month, due to his refusal to be stung.
The Serb’s failure to get vaccinated drew widespread criticism from fans, players and pundits and was responsible for his unceremonious expulsion from Melbourne on the eve of this year’s Australian Open in January. Djokovic also looks set to be barred from playing at the US Open later this month for the same reason, but Pesic insisted unequivocally that he could only blame himself. -same.
She tweeted: “As a well-known cheerleader of Djokovic, I wonder when he protects his body from the vaccine at the age of 35?
“When you infect the brain, not much is good. It seems those pyramids in Bosnia didn’t help it.”
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In a response to a fan who had commented on his original tweet, Pesic added: “He’s not stupid, he’s uneducated because he’s only been hitting the ball since he was six years old. It’s not a sin, he made it. I don’t have a chance to fight them either.”
In the meantime, it remains to be seen whether Djokovic will ultimately be barred from playing at this year’s US Open, the tournament at which he was denied a stunning Calendar Slam last hurdle by Daniil Medvedev nearly ago. of 12 months. The 35-year-old has insisted he would like to compete at Flushing Meadows but will be barred from doing so unless the ban on unvaccinated players entering the country is lifted over the next few weeks.
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A number of personalities have also expressed their support for Djokovic, who clinched his last Grand Slam title at Wimbledon by beating runner-up Nick Kyrgios in the final earlier this year. John McEnroe recently criticized Joe Biden’s government for its hardline stance against unvaccinated foreign travelers by imploring them to allow Djokovic to play at the US Open despite entry restrictions.
“I think it’s BS, I think he should be allowed to play,” McEnroe told the USA Channel. digital fox. “My personal opinion is that I was vaccinated, I had a booster. It’s up to everyone to decide.
“He won a lot more majors than me because he dug in his heels and found that willpower, which very few people in the sport have ever found. That’s part of what made him so great, so he sticks to his guns.”