Novak Djokovic waiting on ATP for clarity over vaccine protocols as ‘there is a lot of ambiguity’

Novak Djokovic admits he is skeptical over the ATP’s proposed incentives for players who get vaccinated against Covid-19, saying “I do not see the logic”.

Although the ATP insists that Covid-19 vaccine shots won’t be mandatory, they have encouraged players to get the coronavirus vaccine as those who have taken the jab will no longer be considered as close contacts of anyone testing positive for the virus.

Players will also be exempt from having to isolate on arrival at tournaments and having to take regular Covid-19 tests.

However, it is still “subject to approval from the local authority for each tournament”.

When asked about his opinion on the matter, Djokovic replied during an interview with “I have heard some stories, that it is being considered that the vaccinated will be provided with easier and better conditions around their stay and accommodation.

“[The protocols being] that they will not have to be in the bubble for all players. I don’t know, we’ll see, it hasn’t been decided yet, there is speculation, there is a lot of ambiguity, campaigns are being conducted on both sides.”

The 18-time Grand Slam winner admitted in 2020 that he “opposed to the vaccination against Covid-19 in order to be able to travel”, but insisted at the time he is “keeping an open mind” and will continue to research the issue.

He added: “I can’t say anything until an ATP rule is passed. For us, the ATP is the main one, until the Board of Directors makes a decision, that is speculation. We must accept the conditions as they are.

“I will add that I do not see the logic that the ATP sets a protocol like this, that we have to be in a safe environment because it is not a ‘bubble’.

“The rules and conditions of local governments are important, you follow the situation in that country and that’s it.

“That is logical and normal, they decided to take an unnecessary and rigorous position. Everyone has their responsibility.”

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