Reilly Opelka, 24, recalled a touching gest from world No. 1 Novak Djokovic. On Sunday, Djokovic lost his Australia visa appeal. The Australian Open introduced mandatory vaccination for this year's event but Djokovic flew to Australia after being granted a medical exemption.
After losing his case, many took to social media to express their opinion on the matter. Opelka noticed the tweet about Djokovic that said: "Should have got vaccinated then. It's. Not. That. Hard." Opelka responded: "What else wasn’t that hard for Novak was staying on the practice court for an extra hour back in 2008 at Cincinnati masters to sign EVERY single kids ball.
Me being one of them. He has done plenty of great things for the sport too ya know."
What else wasn’t that hard for Novak was staying on the practice court for an extra hour back in 2008 at Cincinnati masters to sign EVERY single kids ball.
Djokovic respectfully accepted the court's decision
After losing his Australia visa appeal, Djokovic reacted calmly.
"I would like to make a brief statement to address the outcome's of today's Court hearing, I will now be taking some time to rest and recuperate, before making any further comments beyond this," Djokovic said in a statement.
"I'm extremely disappointed with the Court ruling to discuss my application for judicial review of the Minister's decision to cancel my visa, which means I cannot stay in Australia and participate in the Australian Open.
"I respect the Court's ruling and I will cooperate with the relevant authorities in relation to my departure from the country. "I'm uncomfortable that the focus of the past weeks has been on me and I hope that we can all now focus on the game and tournament I love, I would like to wish the players, tournament officials, staff, volunteers and fans all the best for the tournament.
"Finally, I would like to thank my family, friends, team, supporters, fans and my fellow Serbians for your continued support. You have all been a great source of strength for me."