Tennis superstar Novak Djokovic has just won his 7th Wimbledon title!
We usually don’t cover tennis but here is why we are covering Djokovic’s big win today.
Djokovic earlier in the year made major headlines due to publicly announcing he’s unvaccinated against the coronavirus.
As a result of not getting the Covid-19 vaccine, he was unable to compete in the Australian Open and was ultimately deported from the country.
Djokovic’s win is extra confirmation of the ongoing trend that unvaccinated athletes are performing better than athletes that are vaccinated.
The unvaccinated Novak Djokovic triumphs at Wimbledon. An immense champion, even in life. pic.twitter.com/jW8aBzDeGB
— RadioGenoa (@RadioGenoa) July 10, 2022
💪🏻 Novak Djokovic:
“I understand that being unvaccinated today, I’m unable to travel to most of the tournaments… that is the price I’m willing to pay.
The principles of decision making on my body are more important than any title, or anything else.”https://t.co/Jbm5hkWH9g pic.twitter.com/ZdNGSxS3Bd
— Efrat Fenigson (@efenigson) July 10, 2022
Yahoo News had these details to share:
Unless something unexpected happens, Novak Djokovic isn’t planning to participate in the U.S. Open next month.
Djokovic, just after he beat Nick Kyrgios to win Wimbledon on Sunday, said he is not planning to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in time to participate in the final Grand Slam of the season.
“I’m not vaccinated and I’m not planning to get vaccinated so the only good news I can have is them removing the mandated green vaccine card or whatever you call it to enter United States or exemption,” Djokovic said, via ESPN. “I don’t know. I don’t think exemption is realistically possible. If that is possibility, I don’t know what exemption would be about.
“I don’t know. I don’t have much answers there.”
Djokovic defeated Kyrgios 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3) on Sunday to pick up his 21st career Grand Slam and his seventh Wimbledon title. He is now just one Grand Slam win behind Rafael Nadal, who holds the all-time record at 22.
Djokovic is famously unvaccinated against the coronavirus, and he was actually deported from Australia and unable to play in the Australian Open earlier this year due to issues with his visa and the vaccine.
As he’s still unvaccinated, he is unable to enter the United States.
Absolutely insane https://t.co/u5MdmkgpSf
— Jack Poso 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) July 11, 2022
Novak Djokovic isn’t the only unvaccinated athlete to outperform his vaccinated peers, Brooklynn Nets point guards have laid better than vaccinated athletes too.
Back in March, Kyrie Irving scored 60 points in one game which is a Brooklyn Nets’ franchise record and he only needed 35 minutes to do it!
Kyrie Irving, who is unvaccinated and isn’t allowed to play in New York City because of covid health protocols, scored 60 points in 35 minutes tonight on the road in Orlando. I don’t know guys, seems like he’s pretty healthy to me.
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) March 16, 2022
Kyrie Irving just scored a career-high 60 points in 35 minutes tonight vs the Orlando Magic, setting a Nets record for the most points in a game.
Being unvaccinated is the new superpower.
— Kangmin Lee | 이강민 (@kangminjlee) March 16, 2022
The trend doesn’t end there though, the 2021 MVP of the NFL Aaron Rodgers also had one of the best statistical seasons in football and he did it while he was unvaccinated.
AARON RODGERS: "This idea that it's the pandemic of the unvaccinated, it's a just a total lie… If the vaccine is so great, then how come people are still getting covid and spreading covid?… Personal health decision should be private." pic.twitter.com/O8BspdAdgS
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) November 5, 2021
Unvaccinated athletes have not just been good on the ground but they have been dominant in the water too.
Michael Andrew a swimmer who was very vocal about not getting the Covid-19 vaccine won first-place gold in the 4×100-meter medley relay race.
Michael Andrew, Olympic gold medal favorite, defends decision to remain unvaccinated for Tokyo – Yahoo Canada Sports has been published on Canada News Media – https://t.co/x24fg2hFRj #news pic.twitter.com/9lOBO5HsVd
— Canadanewsmedia (@canadanewsmedia) July 15, 2021