Australians are big tennis followers however they’ve despatched away Novak Djokovic earlier than he may set foot on the Australian Open, shattering his dream to win a report 21st Grand Slam title or beat Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer with whom he’s at the moment tied for probably the most males’s singles titles at 20. He was the favourite getting into. Not solely did he seal a 3rd consecutive win at Melbourne Park final 12 months, he has gained right here 9 occasions general.
However we at the moment are in a time of increasing vaccine mandates and Djokovic just isn’t vaccinated. Certainly he has fairly a world status as an anti-vaxxer. He arrived in Australia with a medical exemption for each vaccination and quarantine. However at the same time as each Staff Australia and Victoria State have been defending the exemption, locals who’ve seen over 250 days of lockdown have been elevating an outcry over it. Sending Djokovic again soothes this outcry however questions stay about why some native authorities vigorously defended the exemption whereas others rejected it equally vigorously. It speaks to a worldwide woe of people caught between totally different and even contradictory guidelines and rules as they navigate worldwide and different borders through the pandemic.
Above all, in fact this episode underlines that from taking part in in sports activities tournaments to attending them, and a number of different services and companies, entry goes to be more and more restricted solely to those that are absolutely vaccinated, whether or not this implies two doses or three and even 4. It additionally takes place within the backdrop of Serbia, which may be very happy with its tennis hero but in addition suffers excessive vaccine hesitancy, having achieved solely 46.5% full vaccination, low in comparison with lots of its European neighbors. Bottomline is that exceptions to celebrities ship out the incorrect message and subsequently one much less exception is that significantly better for the pandemic-hit world.
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