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Kevin Pietersen demands Australian government apologise to Novak Djokovic after AstraZeneca withdraw COVID-19 Vaccine

Published at :May 10, 2024 at 7:25 AM
Modified at :May 10, 2024 at 7:25 AM
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(Courtesy : X/@DjokerNole and @KP24)

Shashank Tripathi

Novak Djokovic is a 10-time Australian Open Champion.

Former English cricket player Kevin Pietersen has urged the Australian government to apologise to Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic after the 24-time Grand Slam champion was denied entry at the 2022 Australian Open due to not being vaccinated.

In January 2022, the Australian government cancelled the Djokovic’s visa upon his arrival in the country. Djokovic was then deported from Melbourne for not being vaccinated against the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to that, the Serb also received a three-year ban from the country, which was eventually lifted in November 2022. After going back, Djokovic stated that he wouldn’t be able to forget about what he felt while being deported.

Former England cricket captain, Kevin Pietersen, has now backed the Serb and has stated that the Australian government should apologise for what happened after AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals announced that they had withdrawn their COVID-19 vaccine worldwide.

Last week, the pharmaceutical company also admitted in court that their vaccine can have dangerous side effects. Thereafter, Kevin Pietersen took to social media and stated that the Australian government owes Novak Djokovic an apology.

Kevin Pieterson’s comment after the news of AstraZeneca admitting the side effects of their vaccine came out

He wrote on X (formerly Twitter), “It’s time for every single person (who criticised) and the Australian government to issue an apology to @DjokerNole now. I think that would be fitting, as he went through HELL! It seems he was onto something…”

Once his ban was lifted, Novak Djokovic made a resounding comeback by winning the 2023 Australian Open. The Serb also won the French Open and the US Open last year. However, he failed to complete a calendar-year Golden Slam as Carlos Alcaraz defeated him in the final of the 2023 Wimbledon Championships.

Next up, the ATP World No. 1 would be in action in the second round of the 2024 Italian Open on May 10.

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