Of course, Djokovic could avoid the pre-Grand Slam circus by getting vaccinated against Covid. Given that individuals must wait 28 days before a second dose, that would all but certainly rule him out of the US Open – but it would give him the green light for all future events.
Djokovic has made his position absolutely clear, though: He is willing to miss Grand Slams over his stance. “Yes, that is the price that I’m willing to pay,” Djokovic told the BBC in February when asked if he was prepared to be barred from tournaments.
The 35-year-old has denied that he is part of the anti-vaccine ‘movement’ but says it is ultimately down to him what he does with his body. “I have never said that I am part of that movement. The principles of decision-making on my body are more important than any title or anything else.
“I’m trying to be in tune with my body as much as I possibly can. Based on all the information that I got, I decided not to take the vaccine, as of today.”