Former world No. 8 John Isner suggested that if allowed to play, Novak Djokovic should give his best to win the Australian Open and never return to Australia again. "Only thing left to do is win the trophy again and leave town never to return, a la CM Punk," Isner tweeted.
On Monday, the judge reinstated Djokovic's visa. However, Australian Immigration Minister Alex Hawke could still decide to cancel Djokovic's visa. "Night without sleep for our whole family, really rough moments.
Novak has shown that he is persistent and that he believes in his ideals. He won this fight for the whole world," Djokovic's brother, Djordje, said on Serbian TV, as quoted on Tennis Majors. "The Judge has made the right ruling based on facts, but we are receiving info that the Minister is above the court.
Novak is in a political whirlwind, the people in Australia are unhappy since they have been locked down basically since the pandemic started."
Isner defended Djokovic
"What Novak is going through right now is not right.
There’s no justification for the treatment he’s receiving. He followed the rules, was allowed to enter Australia, and now he’s being detained against his own will. This is such a shame," Isner tweeted a few days ago.
In a recent interview, Isner reflected on his experience of playing 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer. "Playing against Roger has been the coolest because when you see your name on the schedule you know you're going to be on the big court which will be absolutely packed.
It is also an incredible opportunity to go out there and try to be the greatest player of all time. I played him 12 times, and was able to beat him twice. The moment when you step on the court against Federer, it's just a little different," Isner said.