It really bothers me that Novak Djokovic thinks he is smarter than the scientists, and that he can ignore masking rules, ignore social distancing rules, all while refusing to be vaccinated. His wanton disregard for the coronavirus is well documented.
He has displayed a true lack of integrity as well, as he readily admitted he filed a False Statement on Australia Travel Document in his effort to play in the Australian Open, and then also said he had participated in an interview and a photo shoot, even after testing positive for the coronavirus. Back in January of this year, a Petition was started on Change.org to refuse a Vaccine Exemption for Djokovic to enter Australia and play in the Australian Open, and more than 50,000 signed the Petition.
Thankfully, the leadership in Australia took the pandemic seriously, and did not make an exception for Djokovic.
However, nearly half of our country has not taken the pandemic seriously, while others who did originally get vaccinated are not keeping up with boosters, social distancing, and masking in crowded indoor areas. This malaise appears to be affecting public opinion regarding Djokovic and his wish to play in the US Open, but WITHOUT a vaccination as required for a non-US resident to enter our country. I see many speaking out in favor of allowing Novak Djokovic to enter the country for this tennis tournament, and a petition to try to gain his entry.
But I can find no loud voice rebuking Djokovic, no petition to refuse his entry like was done by Australian citizens, etc. Of course, I am over 60, not a Facebook user (scrubbing a Facebook page? I can barely find someone's Facebook page) and lack of savvy internet/computer skills, but to me an outspoken anti-vaxxer like Djokovic should be called out, and should not be allowed entry into the US for any reason, in particular to visit a very crowded NYC. I would very much like to sign a Petition supporting the US policy to refuse his entry, if anyone else can find one.