World No.1 Novak Djokovic refused the idea of taking a vaccine for the coronavirus even if it became mandatory for travel. Subsequently, the Serbian attracted a lot of criticism for his stance on the vaccine. Noah Rubin, who has always been quite vocal about many issues in tennis, said that Djokovic will have to comply with the rules.
Rubin asserted that all players will have to follow the regulations set by the tennis officials when it comes to the vaccine. This is especially necessary since it is about protecting the health and well-being of all athletes on the tour.
The tennis tour is comprised of hundreds of players and their support staff. Moreover, top players like Djokovic also come in contact with a lot of fans. Consequently, Rubin believes that a hypothetical coronavirus vaccine will be a workplace necessity. He urged the 17-time Grand Slam champion to think about the people that may come near him.
“You can call it a personal belief all you want. But it’s not personal when it affects other people. This is a typical workplace etiquette. If I’m trying to be in the same locker room, touching the same towel, whatever the case maybe – I don’t want to be anywhere near that,” Rubin told Tennis Majors.
“Obviously, you can have your own belief. But then you have to think about the people around you because when you come back on the circuit there are going to be a lot of people. … he has to do it, absolutely,” he added.
For now, there is no vaccine available against the deadly virus, which has killed more than 350K lakh people around the globe. However, we hope that health organizations develop a vaccine soon and the tennis tour resumes this year.