Miami Masters tournament director James Blake has made it clear that he would absolutely love to have world No. 1 Novak Djokovic at the tournament this year. Djokovic, 34, has had lots of success in Miami throughout his career as he is a six-time finalist at the tournament.
Blake hopes Djokovic returns to Miami this year and competed for his sixth Miami title. “We’d love to have him, he’s one of the greatest champions we’ve ever had in the sport,” Blake told the Miami Herald.
“I believe he will go down as the greatest champion. He still got quite a few more years of being at or near the top of the game. It’s a matter of him figuring out how to navigate this time, the protocols, what’s safe, what isn’t safe?”
Blake on the Djokovic visa debacle
Per the Miami Herald, Blake agreed the Djokovic situation in Australia was "poorly handled on all fronts."
Blake hopes for a clear transparency and communication between federal and local governments and tennis officials leading up to the Miami event. Djokovic didn't get vaccinated before the season but he flew to Australia after being granted a medical exemption.
After Immigration Minister Alex Hawke exercised his powers to cancel the visa of Djokovic, the Serb appealed but lost his case. “I would like to make a brief statement to address the outcome's of today's Court hearing, I will now be taking some time to rest and recuperate, before making any further comments beyond this," Djokovic said in a statement after losing his visa appeal.
"I'm extremely disappointed with the Court ruling to discuss my application for judicial review of the Minister's decision to cancel my visa, which means I cannot stay in Australia and participate in the Australian Open.
"I respect the Court's ruling and I will cooperate with the relevant authorities in relation to my departure from the country." Djokovic won three Miami titles between 2014 and 2016.