Novak Djokovic news: Rafael Nadal’s coach warns unvaccinated world No 1’s ‘career in serious danger’

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Novak Djokovic is in danger of “falling behind in the battle he has fought so long for” if he doesn’t get vaccinated against Covid-19, according to Rafael Nadal’s coach Carlos Moya.

Spaniard Nadal edged ahead in the race for most Grand Slams won by a man in the Open Era last week after he defeated Daniil Medvedev in a titanic five-set battle in the Australian Open final.

World No 1 Djokovic, of course, didn’t take in the season-opening major after he was deported from Australia on the eve of the tournament following a drawn-out saga over his visa and vaccination status.

Having won three of the four Grand Slams in 2021 to draw level with Roger Federer and Nadal, many would have backed Djokovic to be the first to 2021, but his decision not to get vaccinated has put his Grand Slam hopes in doubt.

There has been talk that he could be forced to miss the French Open and US Open if he remains unvaccinated and Moya believes his decision could have serious implications.

“I don’t think Djokovic is anti-vaccines, but he has always maintained his right to choose,” he told Spain’s Onda Cero radio station.

“But now he finds himself in a difficult situation.

“I don’t think Rafa’s win will have changed anything in his mind.

“But it’s clear that if he doesn’t get vaccinated then he’s going to fall behind in the battle he has fought so long for.

“I think it’s going to be very difficult for him to compete in Grand Slam tournaments if he doesn’t get vaccinated, and his career will be in serious danger.”