Novak Djokovic’s Vaccine Exemption for Australian Open An Insult
Novak Djokovic’s vaccine exemption for the Australian Open is an insult not only to other players but to spectators and Australian people as a whole.
Djokovich first posted on Instagram on Tuesday morning last week that he had been granted the medical exemption.
Australian Open Tournament officials trying to be polite saying the decision was approved by independent experts.
Which experts? what about morals and double standards?
Vaccine Mandate For Players
The state of Victoria, where Melbourne is located, had mandated that all players, staff, and fans at the Australian Open be fully vaccinated unless there was a legitimate reason for an exemption.
Now, this is where Novak saw his chance to try and prove that rules do not apply to him, or should I say they apply to him only if they are to his advantage?
A Wiggle Room?
Now according to a tweet by Deputy Premier James Merlino Vaccine is mandatory for staff, players, and the rest, but there is a wiggle room. “Medical exemptions are not a “loophole” for privileged tennis players.
They’re actually necessary if you want to watch the Australian Open and work(ball boy for example?) The reason being that anyone who plans on attending should be fully vaccinated, which includes fans.”
Do You Believe this?
But this sounds hollow and shallow, Russian Tennis player Natalia Vikhlyantseva revealed she could not travel to the Australian open because her COVID-19 vaccine, Russian Sputnik V is not recognized by local health authorities.
At least she has a Vaccine, Djokovich does not, yet she can not participate. Is it because she`s not a top 10 tennis player so she does not get special treatment?
Disrespecting Australian People And The Tennis Game
Thumbing his nose at an entire country, trying to prove himself how powerful he is. It`s a disgrace and an insult to the ATP as a whole if they let Novak play, there is no way around it or a polite way to say it.
Queensland has lived with Covid-19 restrictions and disruptions for over 18 months, what makes it ok for an outsider to think they can come in, not follow the rules and expect an exception?
What most folks do not understand is why Australia is being very strict with other folks but bending to accommodate Djokovich.
What about the low-ranked players who are not yet rolling in Tennis prize money and could not afford to have a court hearing arrangement over a weekend?
Do you know what options they have? Pack their bags and leave.
Let`s face it, not all Tennis players can afford expensive lawyers to present them in something that any person with respect will say “I tried my way in but it did not work” and go away silently with the head bowed down.
But not Nole, he had to make some noise, I find it arrogant, disrespectful, and disgraceful.
I’m not one to speak diplomatically, but I find Novak is causing drama many of us do not need.
So let`s say the ATP let him participate in the AO, how does he expect other players (who followed the rules and are vaccinated to feel)? I know Rafa and Andy Murray spoke diplomatically about the situation but…………
What are the ball boys and ball girls supposed to do, what about the locker rooms? how does he expect to handle the Tennis balls or when he needs a quick racket change?
Maybe He`ll play with a tennis ball machine as his opponent.
To Expect Vaccine Exemption For Australian Open Is Rude
With all things considered I find it quite rude, arrogant, and selfish given that some players can not take part. If Novak is trying to prove something, it is time to call it quits.
Should he get his way and be allowed to take part, I hope the rest of Victoria will come together and say no, we are not going to watch this guy play. But I know that is a wish full thinking on my part.
Power, control, and dominance are ok, but do it with a tennis racquet on the court on fair terms.
Maybe I’m wrong, but I do not think Roger or Rafa could have had the guts to ask for what Nole is asking for, their integrity will just not allow it.
Do Us All A Favor
I respect and admire the fact that Novak stood his ground, not everyone could have tried to pull this off. That`s why we are in a free world, entitled to our opinions, we can take it or leave it.
But I feel there is a place for everything, if all of us have to wear masks, vaccinate, or whatever, we mostly have two choices, do it or leave it or move on to something elsewhere our choices are better tolerated.
But once we
I feel that Novak Djokovic’s vaccine exemption for the Australian Open is an Insult to many players, and spectators alike but mostly, it is wrong to expect Australians to just accept an exception for a specific person yet they have been limited as to what they can do and can`t depending on if they are vaccinated or not.
It`s time for ATP and the Australian government to say enough of the drama. Let other players have that space.