Former world No. 1 Boris Becker thinks Novak Djokovic is "making a big mistake" in not getting vaccinated. Djokovic was granted a medical exemption for the Australian Open but his visa was cancelled after he landed in Melbourne.
Djokovic appealed the decision and is now isolated in an immigrant hotel as he awaits the court's decision on his case. “I would almost regard him as family – but like in all families you sometimes have disagreements,” Becker told the Daily Mail.
"And on this occasion I think he is making a big mistake in not getting vaccinated. It is one that threatens what remains of his career and his chance to cement himself as the greatest players of all time. “Four times I sat in his box as he won the Australian Open, so I am fully aware of his great strengths as an incredible competitor.
I also think he has a great character that can easily be misunderstood. "Yet these strengths can also be weaknesses. The same incredible determination which I saw win so many close matches can be a vulnerability with his stubbornness”.
Becker urges Djokovic to get vaccinated
Djokovic and his team were detained for nine hours at the Melbourne Airport before the Serb was told his visa was cancelled. “When he arrived at Melbourne Airport I was exchanging messages with Goran Ivanisevic, the coach who is accompanying him.
Goran was in a separate room, cut off from Novak because he and the rest of the team had been cleared to enter Australia," Becker continued. "I did not have the chance to speak to Novak but I would urge him to get vaccinated - although whether he would listen is another matter.
I also accept that as someone in my fifties I look at my health in a different way from those in their twenties and thirties who feel more invincible."