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Djokovic prepared to miss Grand Slams over COVID jab refusal

Vaccine mandates cast doubt on tennis star's chance to achieve record wins

Novak Djokovic: "The principles of decision making on my body are more important than any title or anything else."   © Reuters

Novak Djokovic is prepared to miss the French Open and Wimbledon rather than have a COVID-19 vaccination but is not an anti-vaxxer, the world number one said in his first interview since his failed attempt to play at the Australian Open.

After an 11-day roller coaster involving two visa cancellations, two court challenges and five nights in two stints at an immigration detention hotel, the unvaccinated Djokovic was deported before the tournament began.

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