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Novak Djokovic must get vaccinated–Spanish government spokeperson

/ 10:29 PM January 18, 2022

People wearing protective face masks walk past a poster with the image of tennis player Novak Djokovic announcing the Madrid Open, in Madrid, Spain January 18, 2022. REUTERS/Nacho Do

People wearing protective face masks walk past a poster with the image of tennis player Novak Djokovic announcing the Madrid Open, in Madrid, Spain January 18, 2022. REUTERS/Nacho Doce

MADRID—Tennis star Novak Djokovic should get vaccinated against COVID-19 as the player is expected to compete in Spain, the Spanish government spokesperson said on Tuesday.

“What Mr. Djokovic has to do is get vaccinated, that would be the most sensible thing to do,” Isabel Rodriguez told a news conference when asked whether the world men’s tennis No. 1 would be allowed to compete in Spain after his deportation from Australia for not being vaccinated.

Djokovic travels regularly to Spain where he owns a house in the southern resort of Marbella. He spent a few days there in late December and early January and video footage showed him training there.

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On Monday, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said: Any sportsperson who wishes to compete in our country must comply with the health rules of Spain.”

During the same news conference, the Spanish Prime Minister made an impassionate call for vaccination. Even though vaccination is not mandatory in Spain, the vaccination rate is one of the highest in Europe.

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