Victoria Azarenka: Novak Djokovic visa debacle turned into circus

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Victoria Azarenka: Novak Djokovic visa debacle turned into circus

Former world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka said the whole Novak Djokovic visa debacle became a "circus" and it was something that could have easily been avoided. During his 10 days in Australia, Djokovic had his visa twice canceled and he was twice detained.

After losing his Australia visa appeal on Sunday, Djokovic was deported from Australia. "To be fair, I believe this whole situation could have been prevented from the beginning. I don't believe that this was something that just came out of nowhere.

This could have been prevented. This could have been addressed way earlier than it was at this point," Azarenka said, per Sportskeeda. "What happened after, I don't believe there was anybody who looked good in any case.

That became, you know, a bit of a circus. I think there should be a really hard look on this situation moving forward."

Taking the vaccine was an easy choice for Azarenka

"Well, from my standpoint it's been very clear.

I believe in science. I believe in getting vaccinated. I don't want to push my beliefs on everybody else. However, we are playing a global sport that are traveling around the world. As an entity, as an association of WTA, that is traveling globally, we still have to respect countries, different mandates, different legalities of the country," Azarenka explained.

"I don't necessarily say that [by] getting vaccinated, nobody will be sick, but I think it is a step to hopefully battle against this coronavirus, hopefully bring it down globally. But to make it as a mandate, there is much more to it.

If you ask me just for my opinion if that should be the case, I think it would just be helpful for everybody in the world, especially when we are traveling internationally." Meanwhile, Azarenka has been through to the Australian Open third round, where she faces Elina Svitolina.