Serum Institute of India's CEO Adar Poonawalla urge tennis superstar Novak Djokovic to get vaccinated against COVID-19

The 20-time Grand Slam winner has remained unvaccinated against coronavirus and has maintained that he is willing to miss out on future tennis trophies than be forced to take the jab.

PTIUpdated: Thursday, February 17, 2022, 10:14 PM IST
article-image
Novak Djokovic | AFP

Serum Institute of India CEO Adar Poonawalla on Thursday urged Serbian tennis superstar Novak Djokovic to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

The 20-time Grand Slam winner has remained unvaccinated against coronavirus and has maintained that he is willing to miss out on future tennis trophies than be forced to take the jab.

Posting a video of himself playing tennis, Poonawalla, whose Pune-based firm manufactures anti-COVID-19 vaccine Covishield, tweeted, "I respect your personal views on not getting vaccinated @DjokerNole and love watching you play, but I hope you change your mind. In the meantime, the rest of us now might stand a chance at a Grand Slam." Last month, Djokovic was prevented from participating in the Australian Open tournament due to his unvaccinated status. The 34-year-old tennis superstar was detained and eventually deported from Australia for failing to meet that country's strict vaccination requirements.

A few days ago, Djokovic was quoted as saying that he is still not vaccinated and prepared to sacrifice titles to stay that way. However, the No 1-ranked tennis player has maintained he is not opposed to vaccinations.

(To receive our E-paper on whatsapp daily, please click here. To receive it on Telegram, please click here. We permit sharing of the paper's PDF on WhatsApp and other social media platforms.)

RECENT STORIES

Independence Day 2022: Professors, students demand reforms in education as India turns 75

Independence Day 2022: Professors, students demand reforms in education as India turns 75

Mumbai: For rash driving that caused brain injury to toddler, 6-months-jail

Mumbai: For rash driving that caused brain injury to toddler, 6-months-jail

Mumbai: Employer to pay Rs 20 lakh to kin of labourer who died after falling off high-rise during...

Mumbai: Employer to pay Rs 20 lakh to kin of labourer who died after falling off high-rise during...

Committed to provide quota benefits to OBCs, Maratha & Dhangar communities: CM Eknath Shinde

Committed to provide quota benefits to OBCs, Maratha & Dhangar  communities: CM Eknath Shinde

Mumbai: 1 lakh elite club members lose privacy to hackers

Mumbai: 1 lakh elite club members lose privacy to hackers