Former world No. 1 Justin Henin suggested Novak Djokovic traveled to Australia only because he felt he would be able to play after being granted a medical exemption for the Australian Open. Djokovic didn't take the vaccine before the start of the season but applied for a medical exemption and was granted one.
During his 10 days in Australia, Djokovic's visa was twice canceled and he was twice detained. Djokovic lost his Australia visa appeal on Sunday and was deported from the country. "It's very difficult to say, because we are not in the privacy of the player.
Of course, Djokovic made mistakes and he admitted them, which also cannot testify to a feeling of 'super power' that he would have... If he went to Australia, it was because he was told that this exemption gave him the right to do so.
We can therefore also understand his discomfort," said Henin, as quoted on Sportskeeda.
Henin on Tennis Australia's role in the Djokovic situation
"Some have mentioned the responsibility of the tournament and of Tennis Australia, and it is true that there are still a lot of gray areas around their communication...
In any case, it is a very complex situation that we have been experiencing for two years. And today is a somewhat sad epilogue for everyone," Henin added. Henin acknowledged Djokovic will need some time to mentally recover from what happened in Australia.
“I think right now Djokovic must be exhausted and not very good in his sneakers. He'll probably need some calm, but he's been through some tough times in his life and I think he has the resources and he's going to find the energy to get back to work and go for the records that he dreams, because he is animated by it," Henin explained. Djokovic was hoping to win a record 21st Grand Slam title at Melbourne Park.