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Novak Djokovic has given his most in-depth interview to date after his deportation from Australia – announcing that he is willing to sacrifice his Grand Slam record hopes by not getting the vaccine. The world No 1 was at the centre of controversy Down Under last month in what turned out to be a 10-day fiasco.

After initially being given a medical exemption to compete at the Australian Open, Djokovic was soon at the mercy of Australian officials who wanted his visa revoked.

Despite winning the first court case, Djokovic ended up losing the battle to compete in Melbourne as he was deported the day before the tournament started.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion had stayed relatively quiet on the matter, although a brief statement given to Serbian media suggested that silence would soon be broken.

And now Djokovic has given an wide-ranging interview to the BBC on the saga in Australia, while also speaking out on his own vaccine status.

Djokovic did distance himself from the anti-vax movement, admitting that he could potentially get the vaccine in the future.

He said: “I was never against vaccination. I understand that globally, everyone is trying to put a big effort into handling this virus and seeing, hopefully, an end soon to this virus.”

But the 34-year-old rejected the idea of getting a vaccine just to compete in tournaments on the ATP Tour.

And Djokovic is prepared to skip this year’s French Open and Wimbledon over their current vaccine requirements for entry into the country.

“Yes, that is the price that I’m willing to pay,” he said.

“Because 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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