Howard Stern criticises Novak Djokovic’s vaccine stance: ‘They should throw him right out of tennis’

Howard Stern has a strong message for tennis star Novak Djokovic and his stance on COVID-19 vaccinations.

The world number one player is currently in Australia ahead of the 2022 Australian Open but was detained following his arrival in Melbourne last week after he “failed to provide appropriate evidence to meet the entry requirements,” according to the Australian Border Force.

Djokovic, 34, has made comments about being ‘opposed to vaccination’ in the past, which has drawn widespread media attention.

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Stern, a comedian and longtime radio presenter, firmly hit back at Djokovic’s views.

“I call him the Joker. What a f—ing a–hole,” Stern, 68, said on his SiriusXM radio show.

Ahead of his arrival in Australia, the Serbian athlete claimed he had been granted a “medical exemption” to play in the Australian Open without a vaccine — vaccination is a requirement to enter the country.

“The first I’ve heard of this guy is that he doesn’t want to get his vaccine and he’s running around,” Stern said on Tuesday in response to the scandal. “They should throw him right the f–k out of tennis.”

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Stern, who has previously called out people who won’t get vaccinated, went on to slam Djokovic for saying his decision should be personal rather than mandated by the government.

“That’s like saying smoking is a private decision. Well, that’s true,” Stern continued. “But don’t smoke in my face, f—nut. What a dummy. Just a big, dumb tennis player.”

Immigration Minister Alex Hawke is likely to make a decision today if the Australian government wants to cancel Djokovic’s visa, after he won his appeal in court, securing his liberty from a detention centre.

In a statement on Tuesday, Djokovic claimed the mistake in his travel declaration was the result of “human error” and “certainly not deliberate” on his part.

“[The declaration] was submitted by my support team on my behalf — as I told immigration officials on my arrival — and my agent sincerely apologizes for the administrative mistake in ticking the incorrect box about my previous travel before coming to Australia,” he wrote via Instagram. “We are living in challenging times in a global pandemic and sometimes these mistakes can occur.”

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