Denis Istomin Supports Novak Djokovic’s Travel Vaccine Opposition

Published 05/28/2020, 7:05 PM EDT


Amid the coronavirus pandemic, traveling has become the biggest challenge worldwide. Tennis professionals spend a lot of time on airplanes since traveling is part of their job. With the on-going situation that’s playing around the globe, the resumption of the season seems unlikely for the moment. One possible solution in the future could be a travel vaccine. World Number one Novak Djokovic‘s refusal to get vaccinated has earned him some criticism. 

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Novak Djokovic’s take

“Personally I am opposed to vaccination and I wouldn’t want to be forced by someone to take a vaccine in order to be able to travel. But if it becomes compulsory, what will happen? I will have to make a decision. I have my own thoughts about the matter, and whether those thoughts will change at some point, I don’t know,” Djokovic said.

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World Number 156 Denis Istomin who defeated Djokovic in the second round of 2017 Australian Open, backs the Serbian’s take on the COVID-19 travel vaccine. He mentioned, the players should have the liberty to decide on their vaccination needs.

“Let them accuse me too then! I agree with Novak! There cannot be a compulsory vaccine. Every person should be able to decide whether they want to get vaccinated or not,” Istomin told UBI Tennis.

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Previously, World Number one Djokovic was criticized for his misconception and the former American player, Andy Roddick, didn’t agree with what he said. Also, the Serbian healthcare officials disagreed with his opinion as well.

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Later, Novak clarified that he has the leverage to decide what’s best for his body. The Serb admitted he is still unsure regarding the vaccine. He’ll continue to research and make up his mind for the potentially compulsory vaccine for the coronavirus.

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Novak Djokovic

This week, Novak traveled from Spain to his Serbian residence. Very soon, he’ll be back on the tennis courts having signed up to play at the Ardia Tour event.

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Mahalakshmi Murali

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Mahalakshmi Murali joined EssentiallySports in 2018 as a tennis author and has gone on to pen more than 1800 engaging articles, probing into various aspects of the sport and its illustrious players. With her expertise on the sport, Mahalakshmi has interviewed stalwarts from the sport such as Serena WIlliams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou and Kevin Anderson’s physio, Carlos Costa. Equipped with her vast experience and a keen understanding of the sport, Mahalakshmi now co-heads the tennis department.

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