Former world No. 5 Anna Chakvetadze thinks Novak Djokovic’s Instagram post from January 4 started the whole Djokovic fiasco. “New Year, everybody! Wishing you all health, love, and happiness in every present moment and may you feel love & respect towards all beings on this wonderful planet,” Djokovic said in an Instagram post on January 4.
“I’ve spent fantastic quality time with my loved ones over the break and today I’m heading Down Under with an exemption permission. Let’s go 2022!” In Australia, Djokovic had his visa twice canceled and he was twice placed in detention.
“It all started, in my opinion, with an Instagram photo that he was flying to Australia," Chakvetadze told Sport Express about Djokovic's surprise announcement to his following of more than 10 million on Instagram, as quoted on RT.
"And to fly for a long time [25 hours after the photo was published] – in Australia there was such [controversy] that Djokovic was flying into the country with a medical exemption, without vaccination. “Everyone was already under pressure from journalists.
It all started with this, as other people with a medical exemption quietly flew in without any statements and publications."
Djokovic deported from Australia
On Sunday, Djokovic lost his Australia visa appeal and was deported from the country.
“There are more questions in this story about why Novak was given the green light and flew to Australia and generally believed that he could safely take part in the tournament," Chakvetadze added. "Just immediately the government [could] have answered that 'no, you cannot enter our country.'
"If he was immediately refused [permission] and he did not fly in, this is one situation. But he was told that in principle you can perform, come, and then after this photo there was a noise, and on the spot no one began to take responsibility."