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‘Never Told Others…’ – Coach Backs Novak Djokovic Amid Rising Controversy Surrounding His Stance

Novak Djokovic has had an unusual 2022 season. He was aiming to continue his dream form of last season, which saw him win three Grand Slam titles. However, he was embroiled in a controversy as soon as he landed in Australia to defend his Australian Open title. Subsequently, the Serb faced a lengthy legal battle on his visa exemption. In the end, he faced deportation from Australia which prevented him to defend his Australian Open crown.

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After off-court controversies, Djokovic endured a poor run of form before he came back strongly to win the Rome Masters and the Wimbledon Championships. However, after the grass-court glory, the former World Number 1 faces the risk of missing the US Open owing to his vaccination status. Recently, his coach, Goran Ivanisevic has backed him amidst the off-court drama.

Goran Ivanisevic comes out in support of Novak Djokovic
During an interview, Djokovic’s coach opened up about the Serb’s vaccination stance. He said, “I respect and appreciate him, he made a decision that he will not change. When they proclaim him to be a leader, to have a bad influence on people, that is wrong.”

Flushing, NY, USA; Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts after smashing his racket in the second set of the match against Daniil Medvedev of Russia in the men’s singles final on day fourteen of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory
Further, he went on to add, “He doesn’t want to get vaccinated, he doesn’t want to introduce it into his body, and he never told others not to get vaccinated. I respect and support his decision.”

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Amid uncertainty over his US Open participation, fans have started a petition in support of Djokovic. They have appealed to the United States government and the USTA to work together to resolve this issue.

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