Martina Navratilova: I admire Novak Djokovic but can’t defend his vaccine choice

Former world No. 1 Martina Navratilova said she admires Novak Djokovic but added she is not OK with his choice to not get vaccinated. 

“It’s unbelievable – what a saga. It could have been avoided. I just wish Novak had taken that vaccination to begin with,” Navratilova was quoted as saying by the Daily Express. “I admire him so much but I can’t defend the choice to not get vaccinated. You have to take one for the team. It’s getting crazier by the minute.”

Navratilova, an 18-time Grand Slam champion, urged Djokovic to take the vaccine. 

“We’re in such close contact in the locker rooms. I couldn’t wait to get vaccinated. I admire Novak and I know what it takes to be that committed,” Navratilova said. “I would be much more scared of getting sick from not being vaccinated than whatever side effects I might have from the vaccination. You really need to be more aware of everybody else.”

Djokovic’s visa reinstated

On Monday, the judge decided to reinstate Djokovic’s visa.

However, the situation is far from over as Australian Immigration Minister Alex Hawke could make the call to revoke the Serb’s visa. 

“Thank you to everyone in the world that has been fighting for the freedom of speech. Various things have happened, and it’s been difficult but he’s extremely strong mentally. He always tried to help, kept a good behaviour,” Djokovic’s father, Srdjan said, per Tennis Majors.

“The last game have been played the past 5 days. Let him now play the game he’s the best in the world at. They took away his rights. They attempted to persuade him to sign his visa revocation. He refused to because there was no reason.

“He was alone with them for several hours, without a phone. He finally had his phone back and could contact his legal team who made a very good work. We respect the law and rules of every country where we go.”