Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson, said he is a firm believer in vaccination and he urged world No. 1 Novak Djokovic to take the jab.
Djokovic flew to Australia after being granted a medical exemption for the Australian Open but the Australian Border Force revoked his visa upon his arrival.
“Look, I think it’s important for the Australian authorities to make their own dispositons,” Johnson said when asked if Djokovic would be blocked entry to the UK for Wimbledon.
“All I would say about Novak Djokovic, against whom I have played tennis actually – he’s pretty good – is that I believe in vaccination and I think it’s a wonderful thing to do.
“I think everybody should get behind a programme that is allowing this country to be the most open economy in Europe and simultaneously to protect people up and down the land, so it has massive advantages.”
Djokovic won in court
Djokovic appealed the decision and on Monday the judge ruled in favor of Djokovic.
After Djokovic’s visa was reinstated, Djokovic’s father, Srdjan, claimed the Australian authorities tried to “pursuade Novak into signing his visa revocation.”
“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,” 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.”