Novak Djokovic’s refusal to clarify his position on COVID vaccination has cast the Serb as a vaccine conspiracy theorist.

Swiss website suggested that the world No. 1 has fallen into the rabbit hole as he holds off on committing to January’s Australian Open due to its ruling that all players must be vaxxed for the virus.

Taking a page from the Trump playbook, Djokovic told Serb press in Paris at the Bercy Masters that – of course – media is to blame.

“There is less and less free journalism and information. It’s all about spreading propaganda that serves an elite,” he said.

“I haven’t read a newspaper or watched the TV news for years, not even online.

Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev at the net at the Australian Open in February. Photo: Tennis Australia/ MORGAN HANCOCK

“But through my presence on social media, I keep seeing what is being reported.”

The world No. 1 has a vast combined social media following of around 30 million many of whom follow his various pronouncements as god’s truth.

The sometimes prickly player has never enjoyed the fan love routinely received for a decade and a half by rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal – both of whom are vaxxed.

Djokovic suffered a summer collapse as his dream of a Golden Slam was buried by his competitive meltdown at the Tokyo Games, where he lost a semi-final to Alexander Zverev and then refused to play the mixed doubles final.

His misery was compounded when he was hammered in the US Open final by Daniuil Medvedev. After a six-week disappearing act, Djokovic is back on court this week in Paris.

The gluten-free player who has in the past suggested that he can draw energy from water, has refused repeatedly in recent months to reveal his position on vaccines.

Novak Djokovic celebrates with coach Goran Ivanisevic in Melbourne in February. Photo: Tennis Australia/ SCOTT BARBOUR

And if he does not start his two-jab vaxx regime guick-smart, he is sure to be banned from travelling to Australia and starting the bid for a 10th title at the Open from January 17.

The player whose summer exhibition tour of the Balkans in June, 2020, landed him, his wife and fellow players Zverev and Grigor Dimitrov with cases of COVID, is refusing to budge on what looks like an anti-vaxx position:.

“I am against it. Because I don’t want someone forcing me to take a vaccine to travel. I decide what is best for my body.”

Whether Djokovic gets vaccinated or not is of course up to him.

The question about it is legitimised by the fact that the status has an influence on whether he can compete in the Australian Open.

He recently said: “That is a private matter and, according to the law, could I get someone who asks me about it. This question is inappropriate.”


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