Novak Djokovic's case continues day after day to be enriched with new content. Yesterday the official motivation of the Federal Court arrived, which explained mainly what were the reasons that led to the expulsion of the number one from the ATP world ranking of Australia.
Perhaps the most important and probably decisive step in making the final decision is when it comes to "preventing many young and susceptible people from being able to emulate him." He was not present in Melbourne, but was often in contact with Novak Djokovic, by phone, the coach Marian Vajda waiting for all the news from her home in Bratislava.
After weeks of silence, one of the most important members of the Serbian champion's coaching staff, who rarely comes out of interviews, decided to make an exception by presenting his version: "I needed to calm down, let the thoughts stay in my head.
I still don't understand why they did this to him," Vajda told Sport.sk. "It's been a while since I can't stand this injustice. In addition, the media is one of the biggest culprits in the manipulation of information and, in particular, in Australia they have taken a strong stance against Novak.
My first reaction was shock, suffering, many emotions. I don't even want to think about how he would have mentally handled it if he had been there. Even at home, in Bratislava, I experienced it in a certain sense; I couldn't believe that such a thing was happening, I couldn't sleep well.
Everyone knows that he had traveled with one goal: to play the first Grand Slam of the year and defend the title. He must have suffered a lot, it was a political process."
Jim Courier comments on Djokovic
Four-time Major champion Jim Courier believes everyone involved in the Novak Djokovic deportation saga would have been better off if the Serb had not traveled to Australia.
Speaking to Channel Nine’s Wide World of Sport, Courier declared he expects more information on Djokovic's situation to come to light and questioned how the Serb's paperwork was approved at Dubai airport. "I think there’s still cards to fall, as to finding out a little bit more, the details of which part of the government knew what," Courier said.
"And how in the heck is he in the airport in Dubai and they approve his paperwork? I was in the airport in (Los Angeles), I had stacks of paper this deep to get in, and I’m fully vaccinated." The American then asserted that none of the parties involved in the fiasco have benefitted from it.
"There’s obviously been some errors made here but ultimately, everyone that’s involved in this has lost," Courier added. "Everyone. It would have been so much better if Novak had never come here for him, for sure, for tennis and for the government, frankly. It’s just not been a pretty story."