Nobody will mistake Novak Djokovic for the most well-liked 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 scenario performed out.
“Nole at all times has and at all times will probably be class,” American John Isner stated. “He’s an absolute legend in my guide that has introduced a lot good to tens of millions world wide. This isn’t proper.”
Former high participant Andy Murray additionally criticized how the scenario was dealt with.
“I don’t like that [Djokovic] is on this scenario and I don’t like that he has been in detention,” Murray told the BBC. “The scenario has not been good all spherical for anybody. It appears like every part right here occurred extraordinarily final minute and that’s why it turned such a multitude. Hopefully that received’t be the case at different occasions so there is no such thing as a different scenario like this. I wouldn’t need that for Novak, don’t need that for tennis and hopefully it’s completed 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 Upon his arrival in Australia, although, the exemption was revoked and he was detained.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 file twenty first Grand Slam title.
The scenario has utterly overshadowed the event’s buildup, a truth lamented by gamers.
“Truthfully, I’m a bit of bit bored with the scenario as a result of I simply imagine that it’s essential to speak about our sport, about tennis,” Rafael Nadal advised reporters.
Alize Cornet, the No. 1 participant on the ladies’s facet, stated on Twitter: “I do know too little to guage the scenario. What I do know is that Novak is at all times the primary one to face for the gamers. However none of us stood for him.”
Even Nick Kyrgios, who had criticized Djokovic up to now, posted a facepalm emoji in response to the scenario.
Salvatore Caruso, the world No. 150, will take Djokovic’s place within the draw as a Fortunate Loser and play on Monday.