The situation of world number one Novak Djokovic continues to make noise. The Serbian champion was forced to withdraw from the 2022 Australian Open after the Australian government denied him the medical exemption initially granted.
Novak Djokovic's situation has caused discussion in all the countries of the world and now there is curiosity to understand how other countries will behave in Djokovic's case, since he does not want to be vaccinated and therefore will have to submit to the regulations of each country.
Given the strong desire not to get vaccinated (the Serb also admitted this in talks with the Australian government) it will be increasingly difficult for the athlete to play tennis tournaments and enter some countries, thus complicating his dream of reaching the twenty-first Slam and overcoming thus to the great rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, the latter already on the cement in Melbourne and ready to try another great feat of his career.
1993 French Open doubles champion Luke Jensen believes that Novak Djokovic can never be as popular or loved as Roger Federer, whom he considers the "James Bond" of tennis. "I was on the court with the biggest men's match in over 50 years: Rod Laver won the Grand Slam on the calendar in 1969.
And you have Novak Djokovic, who, all these years later, played at the US Open last year for that calendar Grand Slam against Medvedev," said Luke Jensen. "I was across the court from Novak. And I've never seen him so scared, so scared about the match, at the moment."
Jim Courier talks about 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. The nine-time Australian Open winner was deported from the country ahead of the Melbourne Grand Slam following a fortnight of controversy over his visa and vaccine status.
"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."