American Tennys Sandgren says he will stick to his vaccine beliefs even if it hurts his career.
Sandgren, a two-time Australian Open quarterfinalist, is set to miss the Australian Open because he doesn’t want to get vaccinated.
“I haven’t lost a moment of sleep over it, I feel it is a potentially slippery slope that we are going down, and we are being forced to take things we don’t want to take,” Sandgren told Sky News.
“I am resolute and sticking with what I believe in, even if it hurts my career.
“Maybe this thing calms down in a year – that’s kind of what I am hoping, my plan is to play in the States until the US Open…one slam is better than none.”
Sandgren on the Novak Djokovic situation
Djokovic was detained at the Melbourne Airport for nine hours before being told his visa was cancelled.
Djokovic appealed the decision and will remain in Melbourne until the court makes its ruling.
“I’d probably just go home,” Sandgren said.
“I’m not sure if I would follow through with the lawsuit on Monday… I can see why you would do that if you feel you have been treated unjustly or in an unfair manner….For me I’d just go home.”
Sandgren warned that Djokovic would be a scary opponent if allowed to play the Australian Open.
“You can see him walking on the court and getting a plethora of boos and jeers and playing just fine,” Sandgren added.
“I don’t want to play him anyway, let alone when he has been locked up in a cage, quote unquote, for a few days – I don’t want to see that!
“When he is determined, he won’t let go ever – he will literally dig to the depths of his soul to not be stopped.”