Novak Says No to Australian Open Vaccine Mandate

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Things just got interesting:



Looks like someone is going to defend their title after all. And highlight a certain issue in the process. Let's go 2022 indeed! :clap: :thumbsup:
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And, predictably enough, the propagandistic smear campaign begins:

https://www.bignewsnetwork.com/news/272 ... -exemption

I wrote earlier in this thread that
Judging from the likes/dislikes ratio on that video (running at about 150:1) he's receiving a lot more admiration these days, and not so much for charisma but for character and standing on principle. I really hope that he stays strong and realises that he has huge support worldwide on this issue. :clap:
This was before YouTube began to hide how many dislikes their videos were getting. It hardly equates with "Djokovic despised by all of Australia" a few weeks later now, does it? Like why would the country rail against him, it's not like he locked Australia down:
"I hate to break it to you angry Australians, but Novak Djokovic wasn't the one who made you spend almost two years in lockdown," - Sam Street.
Some sense made it through.

I generally don't like seeing sport and politics mixed in this manner, but I really hope that the Melbourne crowds will be fair to him. I suspect that they will be.
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S-19 wrote: Wed Jan 05, 2022 1:28 am And, predictably enough, the propagandistic smear campaign begins:

https://www.bignewsnetwork.com/news/272 ... -exemption

I wrote earlier in this thread that
Judging from the likes/dislikes ratio on that video (running at about 150:1) he's receiving a lot more admiration these days, and not so much for charisma but for character and standing on principle. I really hope that he stays strong and realises that he has huge support worldwide on this issue. :clap:
This was before YouTube began to hide how many dislikes their videos were getting. It hardly equates with "Djokovic despised by all of Australia" a few weeks later now, does it? Like why would the country rail against him, it's not like he locked Australia down:
"I hate to break it to you angry Australians, but Novak Djokovic wasn't the one who made you spend almost two years in lockdown," - Sam Street.
Some sense made it through.

I generally don't like seeing sport and politics mixed in this manner, but I really hope that the Melbourne crowds will be fair to him. I suspect that they will be.
It is very interesting developments and you wonder if this ruling will open the door to others to be able to use similar reasoning, I hope so.

Given that the fans attending will likely need to be vaxxed the support (or not) he receives may not be entirely representative. Let's hope he gets an equal share. Well done Novak, tennis is not the ONLY game he is bloody good at it seems. The game of power and control seems to be another specialist field and bloody good on him!! <3
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It is turning a wee bit messy already. If as the article suggests Novak's legal team mount an appeal this could very interesting;

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-59889522
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Sadly it seemed that Novak might not be defending his title after all. (although, as Born_Free mentions, if Novak's legal team mount an appeal this could become very interesting) I'm linking the highlights from the 2016 Australian Open semi which he won against Federer. Two 6-1 sets against Federer who was playing well. But Djokovic was playing sublime:

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Addendum, re-watched some of it again, Federer got three games in those first two sets, not two. Djoker was on fire that day.
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It is going to be an interesting tournament this. Extreme heat and extreme physical exertion will be a recipe for disaster for those poisoned. I cannot think of a more brutal sport, particularly the men's game given the 5 setters and length of the matches. I tell you what I am actually fearing for the likes of Nadal who I actually like. His style is really not ideal given all the sportspeople we are seeing collapse considering some of them were not even exerting themselves too much at the time. There will be a lot of players collapsing I fear, especially those recently vaxxed. Didn't Emma Raducanu have some 'health issues' at Wimbledon which were suggested may have been vax related?
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This post relates to two recent posts from Born_Free:
Given that the fans attending will likely need to be vaxxed the support (or not) he receives may not be entirely representative.
That's a very good point. (although possibly moot now, given recent developments)
It is going to be an interesting tournament this. Extreme heat and extreme physical exertion will be a recipe for disaster for those poisoned. I cannot think of a more brutal sport, particularly the men's game given the 5 setters and length of the matches. I tell you what I am actually fearing for the likes of Nadal who I actually like. His style is really not ideal given all the sportspeople we are seeing collapse considering some of them were not even exerting themselves too much at the time. There will be a lot of players collapsing I fear, especially those recently vaxxed. Didn't Emma Raducanu have some 'health issues' at Wimbledon which were suggested may have been vax related?
You beat me to it, Born_Free: :o :!: :arrow: I was pondering posting the crux of what you said there, right down to fears for Nadal, a warrior on the court who is now thirty-five years old. Rather than coming off as stealing your thunder which I don't mean to as you put it very well, I'll just add that now that attention is focused on the Australian Open from all over the world if something happens heart-wise to a big-name player it may very well be a watershed moment. Then again I would have thought this for Sergio Aguero :?
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Born_Free wrote: Thu Jan 06, 2022 10:26 amI cannot think of a more brutal sport, particularly the men's game given the 5 setters and length of the matches.
Better think again...
The fact that some of the top players in men's tennis are about 35 years of age says enough. They can rest for a minute every couple of games, compare that for example to soccer, where they have to keep going for a 45 minute half.

Maybe the "hardest" aspect of tennis is mentally, having to hit a top serve at the important moment (matchpoint).
And almost impossible to train!

I have seen people in their 80s still playing tennis...

In some ways, squash or boxing is more intensive. They are harder on the muscles. Or rugby?
Either way it would be difficult for a top player in one sport to train in another sport.

If you want an example of high intensity training...
See Novak Djokovic working out (without racket) in 2021. Relatively short explosive exercises (most some 10 seconds long), mosttly training leg muscles...
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While I'd personally select long-distance cycling, marathon running, or the triathlon as the most grueling sports a five-set tennis match in a grand slam event is not to be sneezed at (well, most of them are 'vaxxed' now so that shouldn't be an issue 0:) )
I have seen people in their 80s still playing tennis...
That's no comparison to pros playing. People cycle in their 80's (& older) too, but they don't enter the Tour de France. If you have a look at some matches online where the camera is at player level (as it is around the 4:00 mark in that semi-final I linked) you get an idea of the intensity the top pros play at. The very best are so skillful and fit that they make it look easy. True, they get decent breaks between points and games, but on the flip side they could be out there for hours, battling on their own.

This coupled with the heat leads me to think that, like Born_Free wrote, we could very well see some health issues on court in the next few weeks.
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