Ashleigh Barty didn’t want to comment too much on the Novak Djokovic news as she simply said she not the one that’s making those type of decisions and added she understands the frustration of some Victorians. On Tuesday, Djokovic announced he was granted a medical exemption to play the Australian Open.
“I know how hard it has been for Australians all around our nation, but in particular Victorians have had a real rough trot over the last two years," Barty said, per Sportskeeda. "I understand why they may be frustrated with the decision."
Barty refuses to talk about Djokovic’s medical history
“It's not my decision," Barty said. "Those decisions are made and they're completely out of my control. Ultimately I have no interest in speaking about Novak's medical history."
Djokovic put an end to all the speculation regarding his Australian Open participation on Tuesday. “Happy New Year, everybody! Wishing you all health, love, and happiness in every present moment and may you feel love & respect towards all beings on this wonderful planet," Djokovic said in an Instagram post.
"I’ve spent fantastic quality time with my loved ones over the break and today I’m heading Down Under with an exemption permission. Let’s go 2022!" Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley insisted Djokovic met the criteria and that he wasn’t a subject to a special treatment.
“If they didn’t meet the guidelines, and there were many that didn’t so therefore they were rejected, but if they met the guidelines including for example – which a lot of people forget – is one of those conditions is having COVID recently, in the past six months,” Tiley said on Nine on Wednesday morning.
“Any person who met those conditions has been allowed to come in. There’s been no special favour. There’s been no special opportunity granted to Novak”.