The 22-time Grand Slam's choice not to receive the Covid-19 vaccination has barred him from participating in the prestigious Indian Wells and Miami Open tournaments, leading to the end of his reign as the world's number one in the ATP Rankings.
Despite the high stakes, Djokovic remains steadfast in his decision, expressing that he harbors "no regrets" over missing these key events. In an interview with CNN, the 35-year-old elaborated on his perspective, emphasizing the importance of living in the present and making decisions for a better future.
“No, I have no regrets. I’ve learned through life that regrets only hold you back and basically make you live in the past. And I don’t want to do that. I also don’t want to live too much in the future. I want to be as much as in the present moment, but of course think about future, create a better future."
Djokovic remains resolute in the face of the consequences stemming from his personal decision. He was aware of the potential ramifications when making his choice, understanding that his participation in certain events might be restricted as a result.
“It’s a pity that I wasn’t able to play in Indian Wells [and] Miami. I love those tournaments. I had plenty of success there. But at the same time, it is the conscious decision I made and I knew that there is always a possibility that I won’t go."
Regardless of public opinion, Novak Djokovic has made it clear that he will continue to forge his own path in the world of tennis, even if it means making difficult and controversial choices.