Novak Djokovic’s vaccination theory is driving the internet wild
Speculation is rife after images of world No.1 emerge Novak Djokovic at a concert in Central Park, which required participants to be fully immunized.
Djokovic became the center of speculation this weekend after Victoria included professional athletes in a vaccination mandate that will require around 1.25 million “authorized workers” to be vaccinated against Covid-19 by the end November.
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This could prompt the best tennis players in the world who are not vaccinated to get the Vaccine against Covid-19 or skip the Australian Open grand slam.
And the biggest name that has sparked speculation, with his vaccine status unknown, is nine-time Australian Open champion Djokovic.
Prior to the tenure, Tennis Australia chief Craig Tiley reportedly urged the Victorian government to suspend a vaccine tenure for athletes, for fear that this will distract top players such as Djokovic.
But now fans are wondering if the world No.1 is vaccinated after images of Djokovic appeared ahead of the US Open.
In the image released on August 25, Djokovic is seen greeting a young fan in Central Park for the SummerStage concerts.
Djokovic carries a guitar and appears to be attending concerts in the world famous park.
However, to enter, the majority of SummerStage attendees had to be fully immunized.
In another image, Djokovic appears to be filming a performance.
The photo, taken from a fan, was retweeted by the SummerStage account.
However, this does not prove that Djokovic had the vaccine.
Djokovic may have attended concerts at Marcus Garvey Park or Rhodey Island, which required a negative test 72 hours prior to attendance.
But, Djokovic appeared to be pictured in Central Park.
Last year Djokovic made his position on the vaccine known.
“I think it should always be a personal decision whether you want to get the vaccine or not. So I am in favor of that, ”Djokovic said previously.
“So whether or not someone wants to be vaccinated is entirely up to them. Hope it stays that way. “
In April 2020, Djokovic said: “Personally, I am opposed to vaccination, and I would not want to be forced by someone to be vaccinated in order to be able to travel. “
Djokovic then lost the men’s US Open final to Daniil Medvedev and delayed his pursuit of 21 Grand Slam titles, a men’s record.
Australian Open worried about vaccine mandate
Over the weekend, reports emerged of Tiley’s discussions with the Victorian government.
Friday’s announcement didn’t surprise Tiley who, according to age, had pressured the government against this decision for fear that it would discourage personalities like Djokovic from attending.
Age Anonymous sources familiar with the conversation reported, who said Tiley argued against the move before relenting as figures like the AFL and MCC expressed their support behind closed doors.
“Tiley has said we won’t have star players and the state government has effectively said ‘suck it’,” the source said.
A Victorian government spokesperson told Yahoo Sport Australia that requirements for cricketers and participants in the Australian Open have yet to be determined.
“Vaccination requirements for international cricketers and Australian Open participants have not yet been settled,” a spokesperson said.
“The National Cabinet and the Commonwealth will establish rules for vaccinated and unvaccinated international arrivals, in accordance with the national plan.”
“Further vaccination requirements for the Australian Open and other events will be taken into account by public health if necessary. “
“We are continuing to work with sports organizations on how to organize upcoming events. “
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