Rafael Nadal’s uncle and former coach Toni Nadal launched a fresh attack on Novak Djokovic for his not getting vaccinated against COVID-19. The Serb has chosen not to put the vaccination in the body over participating in tennis tournaments.
“If everyone had done the same thing as Djokovic regarding vaccination, there would have been 10 times more deaths,” Toni said.
Because of his vaccination status, the 35-year-old couldn’t play in last year’s Australian Open. It created much drama before Djokovic was deported from the country due to its strict vaccine mandate. He went on to miss the Indian Wells as well as the Miami Open amidst USA’s strict protocol. Also Read: Who Is Lorenzo Musetti Girlfriend? Know All About Veronica Confalonieri
After being forced to withdraw from Canadian Open and the Cincinnati Masters, the 22-time Grand Slam champion would then pull out of the US Open last August, before lifting his 22nd Grand Slam trophy this year when Australia lifted the ban.
Djokovic also missed the first two Masters tournaments in the US this year because of the country’s strict rule to restrict foreign travelers from entering the country without getting vaccinated. But the USA will lift the ban on May 11, which will allow Djokovic to participate in the tournament again. Also Read: Daniil Medvedev Vs Holger Rune Match Prediction, Head-To-Head, Preview, And Live Stream | Monte-Carlo 2023
What did Toni Nadal say when Novak Djokovic was deported from Australia last year?
Though Djokovic had applied for an exemption as he wanted to defend his title at the 2022 Australian Open, the government chose to deport him. Commenting on the same, Toni Nadal, at that time, tried to persuade the Serb to take the vaccine because of its deadly nature.
“There are almost six million people who have lost their lives due to this damn virus and many other millions who have received the vaccine,” Toni wrote in his El Pais column. “I want to think that Novak is no stranger to all this and that he will clear up the doubts as a sign of human sensitivity and understanding,” the 62-year-old added.
Meanwhile, the two-time Monte-Carlo Masters champion was knocked out of the tournament after facing Italy’s Lorenzo Musetti (4-6, 7-5, 6-4) in the third round. Also Read: “I Would Be Happy If It Might Inspire Other Players…”- Andy Murray After Hip Surgery
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