Former world number 7 David Goffin called Novak Djokovic's expulsion a "shock decision" On Friday, Immigration Minister Alex Hawke exercised his power to cancel Djokovic's visa for the second time. Djokovic appeared before the judge on Sunday and lost his Australia visa appeal.
In an interview with the Belgian newspaper Le Soir, Goffin expressed his opinion on the affair. "It's a soap opera that lasted more than ten days and we ended up talking about just that, with many twists, and implications for the scoreboard, the program, etc." Goffin noted.
“For my part, I don't know the case thoroughly, nor all the details because I followed it from afar, having first competed in Sydney, then worried about the condition of my knee. In the end, it's a shock decision! But it would have been even if he could have played.
We will therefore have to deal with him, indeed without him, and with this decision." Asked if he thought a logical decision had been made, the number 1 of Belgium replied: “Logic, I don't know. Again, I don't have all the exact information.
Whether or not his medical exemption should be validated is not for me to judge. For my part, when we athletes had the opportunity to be vaccinated through the COIB, and in view of the Tokyo Olympics, I immediately jumped at the opportunity, as a matter of serenity and ease of traveling to practice my sport."
Jensen talks about Djokovic
1993 French Open doubles champion Luke Jensen believes Novak Djokovic can never be as popular or loved as Roger Federer, who he reckons is the "James Bond" of tennis.
"I was on the court with the biggest men's match in over 50 years - Rod Laver won the calendar Grand Slam in 1969. And you've got Novak Djokovic, which, you know, all these years later playing at last year's US Open for that calendar grand slam against Medvedev," Luke Jensen said.
"I was across the court from Novak. And I'd never seen him so panicked, so afraid of the match, of the moment." According to the American, Federer's spotless image on and off the court is what sets him apart. On the other hand, Djokovic often finds himself embroiled in one controversy or another.
"And unfortunately, he (Djokovic) didn't win that match. But he I think he's trying to reach for something that - there's no way he can be the tennis version of James Bond. Roger Federer is James Bond," Luke Jensen said.
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