World No. 12 Cameron Norrie thinks the Novak Djokovic visa saga has been a good publicity for the Australian Open and added he would like to see the world No. 1 play at Melbourne Park. After landing in Australia, Djokovic had visa cancelled and he was placed in detention.
After winning his appeal in court, Djokovic's visa was reinstated. On Friday, the Djokovic visa saga took another turn after Immigration Minister revoked the visa of Djokovic. "It's obviously good publicity for the tournament.
[The news] has been followed by everyone here and around the world," Norrie said on the Tennis Talk podcast, as quoted on Sportskeeda. "It is not up to me but I would like to see Novak Djokovic play. I want the best players in the world to be playing in the draw.
I also wouldn't mind seeing the reception he receives if he does play."
Norrie: Djokovic knew the risks
"It's a tricky situation," Norrie said. "Novak Djokovic knew all the risks going in, especially since the government had all the rules laid down and they were pretty clear with everything.
"His feel for the situation was questionable. With people in Victoria and Australia not being able to see their families, coming here and just expecting to play in the fashion that he did was not the best." After winning his case in court, Djokovic was pleased and grateful as he was optimistic he would be able to play the Australian Open.
"I am pleased and grateful that the Judge overturned my visa cancellation. Despite all that has happened in the past week, I want to stay and to try to compete at the Australian Open. I remain focused on that. I flew here to play at one of the most important events we have in front of the amazing fans.
For now I cannot say more but THANK YOU for standing with me through all this and encouraging me to stay strong," Djokovic said in an Instagram post earlier this week.