NYT Reporter Played By Novak Djokovic’s Wife After Calling Wimbledon Champion ‘Anti-Vax Posterboy’ – OutKick

Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic is taking real consequences for choosing to remain moody; meanwhile, the sports media continues to whine about how much Djokovic’s decision negatively affects their narrative.

Sunday, New York Times reporter Ben Rothenberg mocked Djokovic after the Serb announced his decision to remain unvaccinated and skip the upcoming US Open.

Djokovic’s wife, Jelena, snapped at Rothenberg on Twitter. In his tweet, the journalist called Djokovic an “anti-vax poster boy” – Jelena served this attitude right back.

Rothenberg first tweeted: “Unless there is a swift change in US immigration law, #Wimbledon will be Djokovic’s last Grand Slam tournament of the year. The US requires vaccinations for foreigners to enter, and Djokovic has been adamant that he has ruled out vaccinations, establishing himself as an anti-vax posterboy.

The two joined in on their Twitter thread as Jelena supported her husband’s decision to remain infallible, violating the United States’ current policy on COVID travel for international visitors. At the same time, Rothenberg argued that making certain public health decisions remains a responsibility expected of public officials.

Jelena answered: “Excuse me. Just make sure it says that you’ve labeled him as an anti-vax poster boy for whatever reason. He simply replied [to] what is HIS choice of body.”

“I understand it’s his choice,” Rothenberg responded on Twitter, “but I’m also saying that his decision to be so staunchly anti-vaccine that it limits his ability to play tournaments has unknowingly or unwittingly made him a huge icon of the anti-vax movement. I saw that very clearly during Australia.”

Jelena responded that Rothenberg was carrying a “condemning narrative” and an “agenda”, reiterating that Djokovic is refusing vaccinations for personal reasons.

“I can take judgment,” Rothenberg said. “I believe that every citizen, especially public officials, had a duty to act responsibly in public health events and news during the pandemic, and as someone who called Novak the influential champion that he is, he has repeatedly disappointed me deeply.”

Djokovic defeated 27-year-old Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios in the four-set Wimbledon final on Sunday.

All eyes are now on the US Open, which could secure Joker his 22nd Grand Slam title and equal the historic mark set by Rafael Nadal.

Tennis history remains out of reach for Djokovic as there is no real attempt to play at the US Open; still a strong contender for the GOAT title.

Djokovic was forced to miss the 2022 Australian Open due to not being vaccinated.

“I am not vaccinated and do not plan to get vaccinated, so the only good news I can have is that they will take away the mandated green vaccination card or whatever you call it for entering the United States or exemption,” Djokovic said in the post. -match interviews on Sunday.

“I don’t think an exemption is realistically possible,” Djokovic added, “I think it’s just a matter of whether he clears it in time for me to get to the US.”

Jelena knew that there were celebrations for the 35-year-old Wimbledon champion, so she signed off after leaving for Rothenberg.

“Thank you for sharing your beliefs,” Ms Djokovic tweeted. “I hope you will not be convicted of them. Or become the poster boy for hate and bullying. You never know. You are also an influential figure, please don’t disappoint all the time. Unless that’s your role.”

“Is it judgmental? Maybe. But these things are important,” Rothenberg concluded.

After Djokovic won his seventh Wimbledon title, Rothenberg congratulated the Serb.

Twitter was quick to pick on Rothenberg after he had to watch his quasi-nemesis win SW19.

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