'I really regret that Novak Djokovic didn't get vaccinated', says expert

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'I really regret that Novak Djokovic didn't get vaccinated', says expert

Novak Djokovic tried to enter Australia with a medical exemption, but it turned out to be a mess that lasted for two weeks. The world's number 1 was detained at the airport and his visa revoked before being transferred to a refugee hotel.

Despite having won the first appeal before Judge Anthony Kelly, the Serbian phenomenon was 'hit' by the discretion of the Minister of Immigration Alex Hawke. The latter decided to cancel his visa for the second time a few days before the start of the Australian Open.

The three federal court judges confirmed the visa revocation order and Nole was forced to leave the country on Sunday. Djokovic's choice not to get vaccinated risks affecting his entire season, given the recent news from the United States and France.

If one between Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev were to triumph in Melbourne, the 34-year-old from Belgrade would lose the top spot in the ATP ranking. During a recent interview on the 'b92.net' portal, Dr Zoran Gojkovic - a member of the Serbian government's crisis staff - threw a stab at the 20-time Grand Slam champion.

Zoran Gojkovic reflects on Djokovic

In a recent interview, a Serbian Health Ministry official, Zoran Gojkovic, highlighted that he "regrets" that Novak Djokovic "didn't get vaccinated." "To be honest, I really regret that Novak didn't get vaccinated because in a way it would have encouraged others to do the same.

But in the same way, I defend his free will, even if I am absolutely not in favor of the decision he made," said Gojkovic. Djokovic issued a statement on Wednesday mentioning that the following day, he "took a rapid antigen test" that came back negative and since he was "asymptomatic," he attended the tennis event in Belgrade on 17 December 2021.

In a recent interview, 7-time Grand Slam champion John McEnroe talked about how Novak Djokovic wants the public’s love. In fact, he referred to his loss at the US Open last year, where he narrowly missed out on the calendar Grand Slam.

“He just said the biggest thing, he appreciated the crowd there,” McEnroe reminded. Surely, public sentiment around the Serb had changed for the better after his tragic defeat in the US Open final, where he even broke down under the pressure of history on his shoulders.

“This is really unfortunate,” McEnroe said about Djokovic’s deportation, stating how hard Djokovic worked to gain the public’s favor.