Novak Djokovic’s wife, Jelena, continues to go after the tennis media.
Novak Djokovic, who has remained staunchly unvaccinated from COVID-19, pulled out of the National Bank Open in Montreal due to Canada’s regulations requiring border entrants to be vaccinated. He will likely have to miss the U.S. Open for the same reason.
Racquet Magazine responded to the news of Djokovic’s Montreal withdrawal by tweeting, “Dunno why this guy keeps entering tournaments hoping they’ll change the rules for him.”
Jelena Djokovic quote-tweeted with, “Is this a real international tennis magazine?!”
She tagged the ATP Tour and one of their publicists, Nicola Arzani, adding a “Wow” and several emojis denoting bewilderment and embarrassment.
“Hi Jelena!” the outlet responded. “We’d love to see your husband play in New York, along with the rest of the tennis world. Hopefully he’ll decide he can follow the rules.”
Djokovic’s wife came back with specifics.
“Hi! Based on tennis rules and ranking – Novak’s entry in the tournament was automatic. So, what was the logic behind your tweet?” she asked.
Previously, Jelena Djokovic similarly sparred with Ben Rothenberg, an ex-NY Times tennis writer who is now a senior editor at Racquet Magazine. Rothenberg called her husband an “anti-vax posterboy,” and she slammed him in response.
“Excuse me,” she tweeted. “Just making sure that it is noted that YOU tagged him as antivax poster boy for whatever reason you have. He simply responded what HIS body choice is.”
Novak Djokovic had to miss the Australian Open over his vaccine status. He was permitted to play in Wimbledon, which he won for the fourth time in a row and seventh overall.
In July, tennis legend John McEnroe slammed federal authorities and implored them to change the rules.
“These politicians are getting in the way too much,” McEnroe said. “They did it in Australia. Let’s let the guy come in and play in the U.S. I mean, come on. This is ridiculous.”