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LONDON (LifeSiteNews) – Tennis champion Novak Djokovic said during a press conference last Thursday that he does not regret refusing the COVID-19 jab in spite of the fact that it barred him from participating in the U.S. Open.

“I don’t have any regrets,” Djokovic told reporters at a press conference in London shortly before the Laver Cup. “I mean, I do feel sad that I wasn’t able to play (the U.S. Open), but that was a decision I made, and I knew what the consequences would be. So I accepted them, and that’s that.”

Djokovic was barred entry into the United States this summer on account of a federal prohibition on un-jabbed non-citizens from entering the country. The U.S. Open, while it did not have a jab mandate, said that it would follow federal jab mandates, thus barring Djokovic from playing.

Commenting on his participation at the Laver Cup, his first tournament in two months, Djokovic stated, “I’m not used to making, obviously in the last 15 to 20 years, longer breaks between the tournaments, but it is what it is… That’s kind of the situation I was in. I’m just excited to be able to play here now and most of the other indoor [tournaments] for the rest of the season.”

In January, Djokovic was detained in Australia when he came to the country to play in the Australian Open after not revealing his vaccination status and his visa was canceled. A legal battle ensued, which ended with a judge ruling that Djokovic’s visa be reinstated. Djokovic was deported from the country shortly after the ruling for his views on the jab and his visa once again canceled. Typically, when Australia cancels someone’s visa, that person cannot apply for a visa again for three years, barring some exceptional circumstance. Djokovic was also barred from playing in the Canadian Open for his refusal to take the jab.

Discussing his Australian visa situation and the possibility of playing at future Australian Open events, Djokovic said Thursday, “It’s really not in my hands right now. I’m hoping I can get some positive news soon.” In May, Djokovic said that he holds no grudges over being deported from Australia.

Djokovic has refused to take the abortion-tainted shots “based on all the information that I got,” citing the “principle of understanding what is right and what is wrong for you,” for which he says he is willing to put his career on hold.

Djokovic is one of millions of people around the world who continue to harbor concerns about the safety and effectiveness of the COVID shots, which were developed far more quickly than traditional vaccines under former U.S. President Donald Trump’s Operation Warp Speed initiative and have failed to stop the spread of the virus.

In March, it was found that 11,289 cases of pericarditis/myocarditis after COVID vaccination were reported to the U.S. government’s federal Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) between January 1 and February 25, which was already 47% of the 24,177 reports for the same submitted in all of 2021. An April study out of Israel indicates that COVID infection alone cannot account for such cases, despite claims to the contrary.

COVID shot defenders claim that VAERS offers an exaggerated view of a vaccine’s potential risks, as anyone can submit a report without vetting it, but the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention researchers have acknowledged “high verification rate of reports of myocarditis to VAERS after mRNA-based COVID-19 vaccination,” leading to the conclusion that “under-reporting is more likely” than over-reporting.

Further, VAERS is not the only data source indicating cause for concern. Data from the Pentagon’s Defense Medical Epidemiology Database (DMED) has been similarly alarming, showing that 2021 saw drastic spikes in a variety of diagnoses for serious medical issues over the previous five-year average, including hypertension (2,181%), neurological disorders (1,048%), multiple sclerosis (680%), Guillain-Barre syndrome (551%), breast cancer, (487%), female infertility (472%), pulmonary embolism (468%), migraines (452%), ovarian dysfunction (437%), testicular cancer (369%), and tachycardia (302%).