Arab tennis star Ons Jabeur thinks everyone should respect Novak Djokovic’s decision to not get vaccinated.
Djokovic, ranked at No. 1, refused to take the jab but was granted a medical exemption for the Australian Open.
Djokovic’s visa was cancelled and he was detained before the judge reinstated the visa of the world No. 1.
“I feel like some players they blame him for coming, some players they don’t. I feel like we should respect his choice that he didn’t want to get vaccinated. If they didn’t want him to come, why did you give the exemption and everything? So, I feel like it’s tough what’s happening to him or to anybody; it’s a very, very tough situation. So, I don’t know. I have no idea,” Jabeur told Arab News.
“I hope it’s not political as people are saying. I feel like he’s going for a historical run this season, especially at the Australian Open, and he saw an opportunity to get an exemption so he took it, and you cannot blame him for that really.”
Jabeur feels for Renata Voracova as well
Czech doubles specialist Voracova played at the Melbourne Summer Set 2 last week before she was taken into detention and deported from Australia on Saturday.
“But I kind of feel for the Czech player, Renata Voracova, who got deported. It is really unfair that you deport her and for example he comes and plays. And I think the WTA or ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) should speak about this because it’s really, really not fair,” Jabeur added.
Jabeur, ranked at No. 10 in the world, revealed she is looking to make additions to her team.
“Just someone with experience as an ex-player, someone who can help me with more their views, if maybe they won a Grand Slam, maybe they were No. 1 before, so I’m trying to look for that expertise. Nothing confirmed yet. But let’s see, maybe in a month,” Jabeur explained.