Former world No. 25 Vasek Pospisil called out the ATP over being “silent” in the Novak Djokovic situation. Djokovic was detained at the Melbourne Airport for nine hours before he was told his visa was cancelled.
Djokovic was then transported to an immigration hotel. Djokovic appealed the decision and should know his fate on Monday. Also, Pospisil said the ATP showed once again “they do not care about the players”. “Regardless of your view on the situation in Australia with Novak and the other players, notice how the ATP is silent.
Not even a simple statement after four days. They have already shown repeatedly that they do not care about the players; now they are also showing a complete lack of leadership when faced with real issues,” Pospisil said.
Vasek #Pospisil criticizes ATP’s silent attitude to the situation regarding Novak #Djokovic. The Canedese would like an official statement, regardless of the opinion it may express. What do you think?#AusOpen pic.twitter.com/qSTuicopHI — Mario Boccardi (@marioboc17) January 8, 2022
Djokovic, Pospisil co-founded the PTPA
The PTPA released a statement on Djokovic after he was detained in an immigration hotel.
“The PTPA has been in close contact with Mr. Djokovic, his family and legal counsel, government officials, and Australian Open leadership," the PTPA said in a statement. “Mr. Djokovic has verified his well-being to us.
He has also requested that we allow him to personally share the facts of his detainment in his own words, and in his own time. “With the utmost respect for all personal views on vaccinations, vaccinated athletes and unvaccinated athletes (with an approved medical exemption) should both be afforded the freedom to compete.
“We will continue to support and advocate for our members, and all players, in a manner that is acceptable to them. “On the Serbian Orthodox Christmas Eve, we are grateful Mr. Djokovic is safe and we are able to communicate with him.
We will continue to monitor his health, safety, and well-being. “We look forward to his time back on the court”. It remains to be seen if Djokovic will be allowed to play the Australian Open.