NYT Reporter Served By Novak Djokovic’s Wife After Calling Wimbledon Champ ‘Anti-Vax Posterboy’

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Wimbledon champ Novak Djokovic is taking on real consequences for choosing to remain unvaxxed; meanwhile, the sports media continues to whine over how much Djokovic’s decision negatively impacts their narratives.

On Sunday, New York Times reporter Ben Rothenberg mocked Djokovic after the Serbian announced his decision to remain unvaccinated and miss the upcoming U.S. Open.

Djokovic’s wife, Jelena, caught the Twitter shade from Rothenberg. In his tweet, the journalist dubbed Djokovic an “anti-vax posterboy” — Jelena served the attitude right back.

Rothenberg first tweeted, “Unless there is a swift change in U.S. immigration law, #Wimbledon will be Djokovic’s last Grand Slam event of the year. The U.S. requires vaccination for foreigners to enter, and Djokovic has firmly said he has ruled out getting vaccinated, entrenching himself as an anti-vax posterboy.”

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

Jelena responded, “Excuse me. Just making sure that it is noted that YOU tagged him as antivax poster boy for whatever reason you have. He simply responded [to] what HIS body choice is.”

“I understand that it’s his choice,” Rothenberg tweeted back, “but I also am saying that his decision to be so firmly against the vaccines that it limits his ability to play tournaments has made him unwittingly or not, into a huge icon of the anti-vax movement. I saw this very clearly during Australia.”

Jelena answered that Rothenberg carried a “judgmental narrative” and “agenda” while reiterating that Djokovic is foregoing vaccination for personal reasons.

“I can accept judgmental,” Rothenberg said. “I believe every citizen, especially public figures, had a duty to act responsibly with public health actions and messaging during the pandemic, and as someone who has covered Novak as the influential champion he is, he repeatedly disappointed me deeply.”

On Sunday, Djokovic defeated 27-year-old Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios in a four-set Wimbledon final.

All eyes are now on the U.S. Open, which could give Joker his 22nd Grand Slam title and match the all-time mark set by Rafael Nadal.

With no actual shot of playing at the U.S. Open, tennis history remains out of reach for Djokovic; still a strong contender for the title of GOAT.

Djokovic was forced to miss the 2022 Australian Open due to being unvaccinated.

“I’m not vaccinated, and I’m not planning to get vaccinated, so the only good news I can have is them removing the mandated green vaccine card or whatever you call it to enter United States or exemption,” Djokovic said in post-match interviews on Sunday.

“I don’t think exemption is realistically possible,” Djokovic added, “I think it’s just whether or not they remove this in time for me to get to the USA.”

Knowing there were celebrations to tend to for the 35-year-old Wimbledon champ, Jelena logged off after a departing sleight for Rothenberg.

“Thank you for sharing your beliefs,” Mrs. Djokovic tweeted. “I hope you don’t get judged for them. Or become a poster boy for hatred and bullying. You never know. You are also influential figure, please don’t continuously disappoint. Unless that’s your role.”

“Is that judgmental? Perhaps. But this stuff is important,” Rothenberg concluded.

After Djokovic won his seventh Wimbledon title, Rothenberg posted his congratulations for the Serbian.

Twitter was quick to pester Rothenberg after having to watch his quasi-nemesis win SW19.

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Written by Alejandro Avila

Alejandro Avila lives in Southern California and previously covered news for the LA Football Network. Jeopardy expert and grumpy sports fan that has watched every movie.


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  1. If the vaxxers haven’t given up trying to make everyone inject themselves with this useless serum at this point, they never will.
    How absurd they all are, but frighteningly determined and connected to power as well.

  2. Who’s this ben POS reporter so concerned about vaxx how bout our wide open southern border with hoards of third world types invading unvaxxed unvetted being shipped all over our country what say you about that you hypocrite mfer

    • Exactly,
      COVID booster shots appear to be less than 20% effective against infection with the omicron variant of the virus just a few months after the booster is given, a new study found this week. Copyright © 2022 NBCUniversal Media, LLC. All rights reserved

  3. Like most leftists this NYT buffoon simply traffics in asinine logical fallacies. Refusing to take a shot that is proven not to work and may in fact cause harm is the farthest thing from “anti-vax”.

  4. The NYT is nothing more than the corporate press. In this case, he’s a shill for big pharma and as usual for the leftists who are in bed with them. Democrats and the left, left the middle class behind a long time ago. And they never gave a shit about the poor in the first place.

    I agree with all of the sensible points about how the left has encouraged and financially supported unvaccinated illegal aliens to cross our southern border and that the Vaxx doesn’t work and actually causes harm, especially to young people. It’s obvious at this point.

    The NYT is nothing but corporate propaganda. No one should pay any attention to them.

  5. The NYT and the rest of the corporate media are made up of little spoiled entitled rich kids who went to “prestigious “ journalism schools and who want nothing more than to cozy up to their fellow elites. Blue collar kids with no college degrees who used to make up news writers are a thing of the past. It’s a shame because they were the ones holding the rich and famous accountable.

  6. “…he repeatedly disappointed me deeply.” – what an effeminate little man boy. How many pronouns does he list on his bio? Djokovic has more guts in his pinky than this she/he has in its entire body.

  7. This is simple. This…’person’ of the MEDIA makes a living STIRRING THE POT. He ‘claims’ to be disappointed that Novak didn’t JAB. Well, too bad. Novak and ALL Human Beings must live this PRECIOUS Life for themselves and along the way, MANY others will be disappointed in ALL our varied decisions. Who’s Problem is that? Only you can prevent forest fires. Like it or not, WE are responsible for Our INDIVIDUAL lives. If we do things because of others, that is just STUPID! So, leave this ugly (spirited) person alone and do NOT respond to him anymore.

    Breath, we have it and it generates Life. Enjoy this AWESOME Life. LOVE is the Purpose. Seems to me the Djokovics are VERY Loving people…KEEP IT UP! That is your REAL Strength.

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