Men’s tennis legend Novak Djokovic, who refused to take the experimental COVID-19 shot to compete, faced a pro-vaccine heckler at the Australian Open.

In 2022, the world’s #1 ranked men’s tennis player was banned from the Grand Slam and deported from the country for not showing proof of inoculation.

Djokovic returned to Australia in 2023 to capture the men’s singles championship.

The Serbian tennis star is competing for another title at the 2024 Australian Open.

During Djokovic’s contest against Argentine Tomás Martín Etcheverry, a heckler from the crowd shouted “get vaccinated.”

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Djokovic responded by delivering a monster serve to end the match.

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“A true champion answering the nattering vax lemmings with a stunning display of sheer talent and a side eye disdain for the ages. No champion of any sport was better than Novak Djokovic in his. The countries that banned him didn’t deserve him,” James Woods commented.

“So embarrassing for Australia. How did such a great country become a nation of sheep,” journalist Miranda Devine said.

Novak Djokovic faced horrendous discrimination and vile insults for standing by his principles.

The media hurled some of the most vicious attacks against the tennis star who stood for medical freedom.

Mike Dickson, a legendary tennis reporter with the Daily Mail, utilized his platform to criticize Djokovic’s personal medical decisions.

Dickson, 59, collapsed and passed away while covering this year’s Australian Open.

59-Year-Old Tennis Reporter Collapses And Dies At Australian Open

Djokovic offered his condolences to Dickson's family.

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Dickson wrote for Daily Mail in 2022:

Novak Djokovic has always been closely in touch with his inner martyr. Forever less popular than his great rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, there remains something of the outsider and underdog about him when it comes to their extraordinary battle for the most Grand Slam titles.

Now the 34-year-old Serb is prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice in tennis terms, potentially giving up what remains of his chances to add to his tally of 20 majors.

If Djokovic is to be excluded from many tournaments for the foreseeable future — and a lot could yet change — this is a strange hill for his hopes to die on.

Most tennis players have now accepted, some albeit reluctantly, that they and their sport are best served by taking a vaccine that has saved countless lives.

Given how the circuit crosses so many territories with different rules and attitudes, everyone getting jabbed has been the best way to keep a very complicated show on the road. Ever the polarising figure, Djokovic does not see it that way.

Yet few players possess the stubbornness or strong mind of the soon-to-be former world No 1. His years on tour have been marked by a refusal to yield to all comers which, coupled with his exceptional physical ability, is why he continually emerges victorious from tight matches.

This must be partly to do with Djokovic’s upbringing, which was different from many of his opponents’ and goes a long way to explaining his ‘Novak versus the world’ approach to so many things.

From Human Events:

The sports journalism community is mourning the sudden passing of Mike Dickson, a prominent figure in tennis reporting. Dickson, who was set to celebrate his 60th birthday on January 27, died suddenly while in Melbourne for the Australian Open.

The news of his death was confirmed through a social media post by his wife and children. "We are devastated to announce that our wonderful husband and Dad, Mike, has collapsed and died while in Melbourne for the Aus Open," read the message shared via Dickson's X account. "For 38 years, he lived his dream covering sport all over the world. He was a truly great man, and we will miss him terribly," added the message from "Lucy, Sam, Ruby, and Joe."

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While generally respected in the sports journalism space, Dickson was also the author of many stories shaming and trying to cancel tennis star Novak Djokovic.

Some of his headlines included: "Welcome to the Wacky World of Novak Djokovic: Anti-vaxxer tennis superstar is a tree-hugger who insists Bosnia's 'pyramids' give off mystic energy and that positive thoughts can PURIFY water," "Novak Djokovic's WEASEL words cut no ice and he has damaged his reputation with his 'misinformation' around the Australian Open... after helping to create a player union, his leadership credentials have been BADLY damaged," "Novak Djokovic will remain a hero to some, but to many others he has TRASHED his reputation beyond repair," and "Novak Djokovic could ruin his chances of becoming the GOAT by refusing to take the vaccine… it is a strange hill to die on for a player who is so desperate to be loved."

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