Freedom stronger than tennis: French player backs Djokovic

French player Pierre-Hugues Herbert has backed Novak Djokovic stance on virus jabs, believes freedom more important than tennis

French player Pierre-Hugues Herbert believes freedom is stronger than tennis when it comes to mandate on jabs

French player Pierre-Hugues Herbert has backed Novak Djokovic’s stance over inoculation, saying personal choice was more important than tennis.

On Tuesday, World No 1 Djokovic told BBC that he was willing to sacrifice Grand Slam titles rather than forcibly taking the jab.

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“I was never against vaccination but I’ve always supported the freedom to choose what you put in your body,” the Serb had said.

“The principles of decision making on my body are more important than any title or anything else. I’m trying to be in tune with my body as much as I possibly can.”

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Herbert chose to skip the Australian Open earlier this year because of their vaccination.

“Freedom is stronger than tennis and everything else,” Herbert told French newspaper L’Equipe.

“I found myself a lot in the interview he (Djokovic) gave. Great respect for his position. He has convictions, respect.”

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Men’s tennis governing body, the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) has been urging players to get vaccinated.

Although more than 90 per cent of the top-100 have taken both the jabs, the ATP cannot manke it mandatory for its players to get vaccinated since they are not deemed as employees.

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Herbert, who contracted the virus recently, has been playing Challenger and Tour events in France.

“I’m just very happy to be on the court and to be able to play tournaments in France,” he said.

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“We want to play in front of our public, that’s what motivates me and makes me want to be a tennis player.”