(LifeSiteNews) — Following confirmation by officials at the Australian Open tennis tournament last month that COVID jabs will be required of all players, tennis superstar Novak Djokovic’s father said it would be likely that his son would skip the tournament due to the mandate.
Much debate has surrounded the Serbian tennis phenomenon regarding the upcoming tournament Down Under as pressure from the state government in Victoria, where the championship is to be held, began mounting on event organizers to require inoculation against the novel coronavirus before permitting anybody to participate.
Tennis Australia, the authority overseeing the Australian Open, confirmed in a ruling last month that the January games would be closed to anyone who has not received one of the abortion-tainted jabs.
Despite his title as the world’s number one tennis star, tournament CEO Craig Tiley said that no exceptions to the rule will be given, even for the top seed.
“We would love to see Novak here, he knows that he’ll have to be vaccinated to play here,” Tiley said.
Following the strict ruling, Djokovic’s father, Srdjan, told Serb TV that “[u]nder these blackmails and conditions,” his famous son “probably won’t [play].”
“I wouldn’t do that. And he’s my son, so you decide for yourself,” he added.
Srdjan appeared to support his son’s decision to keep his “vaccine status” private, saying, “As far as vaccines and non-vaccines are concerned, it is the personal right of each of us whether we will be vaccinated or not … No one has the right to enter into our intimacy.”
The 34-year-old star player has refused to bow to industry and media pressure to reveal whether he has received an experimental COVID shot, stating his conviction in October that such decisions ought to remain private.
“I will not reveal my status whether I have been vaccinated or not, it is a private matter and an inappropriate inquiry”
Djokovic argued that “[p]eople go too far these days in taking the liberty to ask questions and judge a person. Whatever you say ‘Yes, no, maybe, I am thinking about it,’ they will take advantage.”
Earlier in the year, the sportsman said he has “always believed in freedom of choice,” adding that he “will keep the decision as to whether I’m going to get vaccinated or not to myself.”
The nine-time Australian Open champion was pressed about the possibility of his appearance at next year’s tournament following his team’s exit from the Davis Cup, which concluded Sunday.
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“You will be informed. I know what you want. I’m not going to give you an answer. I know what you want to ask me. But you will be informed. That’s all I can tell you. I cannot give you any date,” Djokovic answered.
“Obviously Australia is around the corner, so you will know very soon.”
Djokovic did reveal his inclination not to take the jab back in April as part of a Facebook live video with fellow Serbian athletes, saying, “Personally I am opposed to vaccination and I wouldn’t want to be forced by someone to take a vaccine in order to be able to travel.”
“But if it becomes compulsory, what will happen? I will have to make a decision. I have my own thoughts about the matter and whether those thoughts will change at some point, I don’t know.”
Djokovic has previously stated his conviction as a man of faith, in 2011 saying his Christian identity is “the most important title of my life, because before being an athlete, I am an Orthodox Christian.”
The Serbian Orthodox Church, to which Djokovic belongs, has publicly declared a position on the currently available jabs. Members of the hierarchy, however, have notably not been wearing face masks in public and kept their churches open throughout the coronavirus crisis while Catholic churches around the world were closed for many months at the order of the bishops.