Having not made his vaccination status public, Djokovic has repeatedly expressed his views on having the freedom to choose what a person injects into their body. This opinion has earned him some detractors, but the World No.1 was shocked to find out that Kyrgios supported his stance.
On his No Boundaries podcast, Kyrgios said he was double-vaccinated but doesn’t think anyone should be forced to take the jab, noting that athletes like Djokovic and Brooklyn Nets’ Kyrie Irving have sacrificed a lot for their sports, and deserve to have autonomy over such decisions.
“That was unexpected, knowing what was coming from him towards me in the last couple of years,” Djokovic said laughing. “But this time I must agree with him that the freedom of choice is essential for everyone, whether it's me or somebody else.
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“Doesn't really matter whether it's vaccination or anything else in life. You should have the freedom to choose, to decide what you want to do. In this particular case, what you want to put in your body.”
Unbeknownst to the Serbian, Kyrgios had later posted a video retracting most of what he said on the podcast, and backed the idea of banning unvaccinated players from competing at the Australian Open.