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Djokovic’s victory was about more than tennis


OF THE current Big Three tennis stars, one of whom may be the best ever, Novak Djokovic has always seemed to be the least likeable, what with Federer’s effortless panache and goodwill to all and Nadal’s irrepressible charm and determination. (Sorry, Brits, it isn’t a Big Four. Andy Murray doesn’t count.) 

Yet now ‘Novaxx’ is a global hero to the voiceless, whatever the result at Wimbledon. As it turned out he won the championship, defeating Nick Kyrgios.

Anyone who has questioned Covid madness and, especially, the mindless cruelty of the vaccine mandates over the past two-and-a-bit years has had a public figure to cheer on in Novak, who has refused to be jabbed. This has, maybe, cost him an Australian Open title (or more, since he is banned from the country for three years) and may do the same with the forthcoming US Open. Quite possibly also the bragging rights over the other two of the Big Three in the ongoing contest to win the most Grand Slams. So Djokovic’s act of Covid conscience and independence, seen by many as rebellion, has not been costless. Why he has chosen not to be vaccinated is no one else’s business, just as anyone’s medical self-management is no one else’s business, despite the spittle-flecked vitriol of all the do-gooders and the medical utilitarians who have provided governments all over the world with the cover they have needed to impose all their freedom-sapping mandates.   

Anyone who stands up to these bullies and thugs deserves the undying affection and respect of those of us who value freedom and cherish basic rights. This is the reason that Florida governor Ron DeSantis is also a hero. There are very few others in politics, indeed anywhere. There are hardly any in mainstream journalism. Yes, a number of critics have pushed back over lockdowns. Far fewer, though, have taken on the harder task of challenging the vaccine mandates.  Mark Steyn is one, with his welcome focus on the many, tragic jab injuries and deaths that have occurred and, shamefully, are still largely ignored by the media.  Many so-called conservatives have simply chosen to sit out Covid and its illiberal mandates. They have either been MIA or, even more strangely, have chosen to be on the side of those who would destroy freedom. Some brave scientists and doctors have resisted career-destroying censorship. Even a (very) few celebrities have done some heavy lifting, such as the legendary Eric Clapton. 

All are champions in the mode of The Djoker, and now, of his wife Jelena. She defended her husband on social media and engaged in a Twitter slanging match with tennis journalist and podcaster Ben Rothenberg who, like many, has been critical of the legend’s refusal to get vaccinated. 

Ben who, many will ask.  Note the journalist’s revealing descriptions of Jelena’s intervention: ‘rant’, lashed out’. 

I know how she feels.  I am sick to death of the sneering, the censorship, the bullying, the fact checkers, the self-serving propaganda, the lies. Oh, the lies, propagated by politicians, medical bureaucrats and other friends of Big Pharma, and endlessly repeated by media largely bought and paid for by the aforesaid drug companies and/or Bill Gates. 

The latest lie, trumpeted almost routinely by Covid sufferers is that their illness was very mild because they were jabbed. This is unproven and unprovable at any level. Covid liars love unprovables. Just like the big one, that the vaccines globally saved millions of lives, as the ever-spurious models claim.   

That Imperial College dares to poke its research above the parapet is itself astonishing, and demonstrates yet again that there is little shame left in public life or in the academy. 

There is plenty of evidence to suggest that symptoms among the young and the healthy are mild because Omicron is, well, mild. It is very disappointing, though, that so many vaccinated punters are suspending what remains of their critical faculties in service of the Covid regime. The easy slide from ‘the vaccines will protect us from infection’ to ‘the vaccines stopped me from dying’ has been a monumental achievement of the Covid class.  The continued belief in dumb lies has been simply astonishing.  It allows critics of the Serbian tennis great to continue to spit their venom at him.  He is the one who has been proved right in relation to the vaccines, of course. That riles his many critics. 

While most politically inconvenient mandates have been dropped the Covid narrative is alive and well and we should all expect the forces of darkness to marshal their forces when they think they can get away with bringing back all the restrictive rules, especially, the masks and the boosters. Meaning that the work of the Covid dissidents and warriors like Novak is far from over.  Djokovic’s prevention by Biden from entering the United States reminds us that the ‘leader’ of the free world doesn’t much believe in freedom. One of the practical benefits of Novak’s continued stand is that the idiotic US entry rules are being brought to our attention afresh. 

So, here’s to Wimbledon, the home of tennis and the scene yet again of a famous victory, both on and off the court. And here’s to all the Covid dissidents and heroes. 

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Paul Collits
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Paul Collits is a freelance writer and regular contributor to Quadrant Online

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