As he prepares for his comeback in Dubai following the coronavirus vaccine issue that stopped him from defending his Australian Open title, world number one Novak Djokovic said on Thursday that he has missed playing tennis.
The Serb, who was deported from Australia owing to a lack of immunizations, toured the Serbian pavilion at the Dubai Expo, taking off his black mask when asked and leaving a lengthy comment in the visitors’ book.
During brief words to the media, he stated, “I am delighted to go back and play on Monday.” He was referring to the Dubai ATP competition. “After everything that has transpired, I miss tennis.”
Since his deportation last month due to his potentially career-ending decision not to take the coronavirus vaccine, the 20-time Grand Slam winner has kept a low profile.
Rafael Nadal, a Spanish opponent, won the Australian Open in Melbourne, becoming the first player to win 21 major titles, one more than Djokovic and Roger Federer combined.
Djokovic told the BBC last week that he was not anti-vaccination, but that he was willing to miss more major tournaments as a result of his unwillingness to be vaccinated.
He answered, “Yes, that is the price I am willing to pay.”
“I had made up my mind not to go to Australia. “I understand not being immunized today; I am currently unable to travel to most events,” Djokovic remarked.
The United Arab Emirates, which reported 895 new cases on Thursday, does not require a coronavirus vaccine.
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