Dustin Brown on Novak Djokovic situation: Vaccine decision comes with consequences

Dustin Brown reacted to the latest Novak Djokovic by saying everyone has the right to decide whether or not they want to get vaccinated but then they should live with the consequences of their decision. 

Djokovic was granted a medical exemption for the Australian Open but his visa was denied at the Melbourne Airport and he was told to leave the country. 

“Every player on the Tour (ATP/WTA) had a choice to make (obviously also everyone else in the world, but let’s focus on tennis here),” Brown said.

“Depending on what they believe in, they decided to take it or not take it… Both decision come/came with consequences that we all have/had to deal with.

“If I decide, I don’t want to take it (for whatever reason), then I have to live with the consequence of not being able to enter a country, if they have a rule that says you have to be vaccinated (no matter if I feel this is right or wrong).

“This is the world we currently live in, more and more countries will have rules like this.”

‘Djokovic is not above the rules’

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said no one is above the rules, not even Djokovic. 

“Mr Djokovic’s visa has been cancelled. Rules are rules, especially when it comes to our borders. No one is above these rules. Our strong border policies have been critical to Australia having one of the lowest death rates in the world from COVID, we are continuing to be vigilant,” Morrison tweeted. 

Meanwhile, Djokovic’s father Srdjan blasted Australian authorities for their decision to deny Djokovic’s visa. 

“It’s a shameful decision. Deportation. All of us need to go out and welcome him [when he comes back]. I can’t talk to my son; they present him as a criminal. I’m lost for words for all what they have done to him,” Srdjan Djokovic told Blic.