'You can’t tell Novak Djokovic after he flies all the way there', says legend
by SIMONE BRUGNOLI | VIEW 7224
20-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic owns 80% of Danish biotech firm QuantBioRes, according to Reuters. QuantBioRes aims to develop a medical treatment, not a vaccine, against COVID-19. QuantBioRes CEO Ivan Loncarevic told Reuters the investment was made in June 2020, but declined to disclose how much it was.
Djokovic, ranked No. 1 in the world, has not yet been vaccinated. Djokovic refused to be vaccinated before the start of the season but flew to Australia after being granted a medical exemption for the Australian Open. The Australian government was unwilling to let an unvaccinated Djokovic play as they canceled his visa.
On Sunday, Djokovic lost his Australian visa appeal and was deported from the country. After missing out on the chance to fight for a 10th Australian Open title, Djokovic packed up his things and left Australia. "I would like to make a brief statement to address the outcome of today's court hearing.
I will now take some time to rest and recover, before making any further comments beyond this," Djokovic said in a statement. "I am extremely disappointed with the Court's failure to discuss my request for judicial review of the Minister's decision to cancel my visa, which means that I am unable to stay in Australia and participate in the Australian Open."
McEnroe comments on Djokovic's saga
Tennis legend John McEnroe has slammed the saga which led to Novak Djokovic being deported from Australia ahead of the Australian Open.
The ESPN analyst criticized the way Australian authorities handled the situation, while claiming the Serb is entitled to the "very strong beliefs" he holds. "He decides whether or not he wants to do it," McEnroe continued. "He’s got very strong beliefs and he’s entitled to those beliefs.
The guy’s won it (the Australian Open) nine times. It was gutsy [to go] in a way. I’ve got to hand it to him. I’ve got seven Majors, he’s got 20. The reason he’s got a lot more than me is because he’s willing to go risk that, to go down there." John McEnroe also asserted his view that Novak Djokovic should not have been told his recent Covid-19 diagnosis was not a valid medical exemption after arriving in Australia.
"Okay, let’s assume that he wasn’t going to play, but then suddenly he got Covid and then he got an exemption and he can play," McEnroe said. "You can’t tell him after he flies all the way there. That’s why people are up in arms, but nonetheless they granted this exemption. You can’t do this after that - it’s a joke."