Novak Djokovic and Jelena Djokovic
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Following Wimbledon win, Novak Djokovic came under more fire for his anti-vaccination stance after which his wife Jelena lashed out at a reporter over it.

Nick Kyrgios was defeated by Djokovic in the Wimbledon final Sunday, and the latter claimed his 21st grand slam title, reported Yahoo! Sport. Win in New York in the coming weeks would put him level with Rafael Nadal, but Djokovic won’t be allowed to compete. That is unless American border rules change to allow unvaccinated visitors into the US, reported Earlier this year, Djokovic, 35, was refused entry into Australia because of his vaccination status. Due to his anti-vax stance, he was deported and made to miss the Australian Open.

After defeating Kyrgios, Djokovic said that he is not vaccinated and he is not planning to "get vaccinated." According to him, the only good news he can have is them (the US) removing the "mandated green vaccine card" or whatever you call it to enter America or exemption.

Following his comments, Jelena defended her husband on social media. She even engaged in a Twitter fight with tennis journalist and podcaster Ben Rothenberg, who has been critical of the tennis star's refusal to get vaccinated against coronavirus.

Rothenberg tweeted that unless there is a swift change in U.S. immigration law, "Wimbledon will be Djokovic’s last Grand Slam event of the year." The journalist noted that the U.S. requires vaccination for foreigners to enter, and the Wimbledon champion has firmly said that he has ruled out getting vaccinated, "entrenching himself as an anti-vax posterboy."

Jelena lashed out by saying that just making sure that it is noted that "you tagged him as anti-vax poster boy for whatever reason you have." She said that her husband simply responded what "his body choice is." Rothenberg replied that he understands that it’s her husband's choice, but he is also saying that his decision to be so firmly against the Covid vaccine that it limits his ability to play tournaments has made "him, unwittingly or not, into a huge icon of the anti-vax movement."

Jelena said that the journalist is creating a "very judgmental narrative that fits your agenda," and later thanked him for sharing his beliefs. She hoped he doesn’t get judged for them or becomes a "poster boy for hatred and bullying."

Her tweets didn’t sit well with many, including tennis content producer David Kane. He said that you can’t boast an enormous sphere of influence and not acknowledge that "you have the power to legitimize an anti-science movement," and claim "you’re being bullied when someone with a significantly smaller sphere points that out."

Mirror reported that U.S. immigration officials recently dropped the requirement for all incoming passengers to return a negative Covid test before taking a flight. But they maintained the need for proof of vaccination to be presented on arrival.

Novak Djokovic and Jelena Djokovic
Novak Djokovic of Serbia relaxes with his wife Jelena Djokovic after the exhibition doubles match of the Adria Tour charity exhibition hosted by Novak Djokovic, on June 12, 2020 in Belgrade, Serbia. Photo by Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images

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