Several players are tired of the Novak Djokovic case having monopolized attention in the past two weeks. The world number 1 was expelled from Australia on Sunday following the Federal Court ruling, which rejected the appeal of the 20-time Grand Slam champion.
The Serbian phenomenon will not be able to defend his title at the Australian Open, in addition to having to postpone overtaking Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the all-time rankings of the Majors. Given the pandemic situation, Nole's choice not to get vaccinated could seriously affect his entire season.
The news has recently come that unvaccinated tennis players will not be able to participate in the 2022 edition of Roland Garros. Should Daniil Medvedev or Alexander Zverev win in Melbourne, the 34-year-old from Belgrade would lose the top position in the ATP ranking.
From what is learned, Novak will not make any public statements until the Australian Open is over. Appearing in the latest edition of the 'Tennis Talk' podcast, Cameron Norrie expressed his point of view on this whole affair.
Norrie talks about Djokovic
"It's obviously good publicity for the tournament. [The news] has been followed by everyone here and around the world," Norrie said. "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 reckons the World No. 1 knew what the risks were when he arrived in Melbourne with an exemption since the authorities were very clear with what they required from participating athletes.
"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," Norrie said.
"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." Not long ago, the French Sports ministry released a statement that could be trouble for Djokovic.
The ministry stated, “The rule is simple. The vaccine pass will be imposed, as soon as the law is promulgated, in establishments that were already subject to the health pass”. Players will need to produce a document that is valid and has all the necessities required by the French authorities.
However, the French Open 2022 begins in May and there could yet be more changes as the future is never predictable with the pandemic.