Madrid Masters tournament director Feliciano Lopez has made it clear that he would like to see Novak Djokovic in Madrid this year. World No. 1 Djokovic was stripped of a chance to play the Australian Open after Immigration Minister exercised his power to cancel his visa.
Djokovic refused to get vaccinated before the season but flew to Australia after being granted a medical exemption. "Of course I'm counting on him for the Mutua Madrid Open. Me and everyone else. It's up to him to decide what steps he needs to take to keep playing.
But we and all the tournaments will be delighted to welcome him," Lopez said, per We Love Tennis.
Lopez beaten in the Australian Open first round
Former world No. 12 Lopez bowed out of the Australian Open on the opening day as John Millman beat the Spaniard 6-1 6-3 4-6 7-5.
After the match, Lopez revealed he arrived pretty late in Australia. "I wasn't expecting to be here in Australia. I arrive only a few hours ago because I got COVID just recently, so I couldn't make it earlier and what my expectations were very low to be honest," Lopez said, per Luca Fiorino.
After the loss, Lopez was asked about Djokovic. To no one's surprise, Lopez said he would like to see Djokovic in Madrid. After losing his Australia visa appeal on Sunday, Djokovic left the country. "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."