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Although he doesn’t want to be associated with the anti-vax movement, tennis star Novak Djokovic has said that he’s willing to miss out on participating in Grand Slams rather than getting a vaccination.

The Serbian caused an uproar in Australia last month when he was granted a visa and was allowed to enter the country even though he hasn’t been vaccinated.

Australian law requires all people who enter the country to show proof of vaccination. Following an outcry from the public, the 20-time Grand Slam winner was deported from Australia and therefore missed out on competing in the Australian Open.

In an interview with the BBC, he said that he was never against vaccination, confirming that he’d had vaccines as a child, but he’s always supported the freedom to choose what you put in your body.

Djokovic’s visa was granted on the grounds that he had recently recovered from Covid and therefore would be allowed to enter the country even though he hasn’t been vaccinated.

Many people questioned this as they found it too convenient that he had recovered from Covid in December, mere weeks before he was meant to travel to Australia.

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