Nobody will mistake Novak Djokovic for the preferred participant amongst his counterparts on the ATP Tour. However following his visa cancellation and deportation forward of the Australian Open, gamers have come to Djokovic’s facet in his struggle with how the state of affairs performed out.
“Nole all the time has and all the time will likely be class,” American John Isner mentioned. “He’s an absolute legend in my e book that has introduced a lot good to thousands and thousands all over the world. This isn’t proper.”
Former high participant Andy Murray additionally criticized how the state of affairs was dealt with.
“I don’t like that [Djokovic] is on this state of affairs and I don’t like that he has been in detention,” Murray told the BBC. “The state of affairs has not been good all spherical for anybody. It seems like all the pieces right here occurred extraordinarily final minute and that’s why it grew to become such a large number. Hopefully that received’t be the case at different occasions so there is no such thing as a different state of affairs like this. I wouldn’t need that for Novak, don’t need that for tennis and hopefully it’s accomplished now.”
Djokovic, 34, initially obtained a medical exemption for being unvaccinated in opposition to COVID-19. Upon his arrival in Australia, although, the exemption was revoked and he was detained. Djokovic bought that call overturned, however immigration minister Alex Hawke stepped in, resulting in the world No. 1 being deported earlier than he had an opportunity to win his report twenty first Grand Slam title.
The state of affairs has utterly overshadowed the match’s buildup, a reality lamented by gamers.
“Truthfully, I’m somewhat bit uninterested in the state of affairs as a result of I simply imagine that it’s vital to speak about our sport, about tennis,” Rafael Nadal informed reporters.
Alize Cornet, the No. 1 participant on the ladies’s facet, mentioned on Twitter: “I do know too little to evaluate the state of affairs. What I do know is that Novak is all the time the primary one to face for the gamers. However none of us stood for him.”
Even Nick Kyrgios, who had criticized Djokovic prior to now, posted a facepalm emoji in response to the state of affairs.
Salvatore Caruso, the world No. 150, will take Djokovic’s place within the draw as a Fortunate Loser and play on Monday.