Novak Djokovic news: Italian Olympic boss does not want Serbian at Italian Open

Novak Djokovic gesturing

The President of the Italian Olympic Committee, Giovanni Malagò has said that he is against the idea of world No 1 Novak Djokovic participating in the Italian Open this May over the Serbian’s stance towards the COVID-19 vaccination.

Djokovic missed the Australian Open last month due to his refusal to take the COVID-19 jab and he has said that he is prepared to miss majors if it means that he does not have to take the vaccination.

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Malagò’s comments come amidst Italian government under-secretary in the sports portfolio Valentina Vazzali suggesting that there could be a loophole for Djokovic to play in Italy.

Italy does not require the Super Green pass which shows that a person has been vaccinated against COVID-19 or recovered from it for sports such as tennis. However, she did add that Djokovic would have to avoid staying in a hotel or going to a restaurant while in Italy.


“It absolutely wouldn’t be right,” Malago told Italian state brodcaster RAI.

“Even if you shower in a camper and eat and sleep in improvised situations, the message is totally wrong.

“I get dozens of emails every day from mums and dads who are furious because their children don’t have the green pass and cannot do sport.

“Explain to me why a champion who is in the same situation can”.

In addition to Malagò, Italian Health Under-secretary Andrea Costa has also said that he is against the prospect of Djokovic playing in the Italian Open due to his anti-vaccination stance.