Nikola Pilic: Everything that happened to Novak Djokovic was a sports tragedy

Djokovic's visa was canceled and he ended up getting deported from Australia.

by Dzevad Mesic
Nikola Pilic: Everything that happened to Novak Djokovic was a sports tragedy

1973 French Open runner-up Nikola Pilic wonders what could have been had world No. 1 Novak Djokovic been allowed to play at the Australian Open. Djokovic, a record nine-time Australian Open champion, didn't get vaccinated before the season but he was granted a medical exemption for the opening Grand Slam of the season.

After landing in Australia, Djokovic had his visa canceled and he was placed in detention. Djokovic appealed and got his visa back but then Immigration Minister Alex Hawke exercised his powers to cancel again the visa of the Serb.

Djokovic was deported from Australia after losing his Australia visa appeal. Rafael Nadal ended up winning the Australian Open title and claiming a record 21st Grand Slam title. "The question is whether Rafael Nadal would have lifted that trophy if Novak Djokovic had played," Pilic said, according to Tennis Up To Date.

'Djokovic was humiliated'

Pilic ripped the Australian authorities for the way they treated Djokovic. "Everything that happened to Novak is a sports tragedy because he did so much in tennis. It's a shame, they humiliated him and everything that happened to him for days in Melbourne was a real chase.

It's like he's a criminal, and he's a nine-time Australian Open champion. I think they will have big problems in the rest of the year as well," Pilic added. Pilic fears Djokovic might face similar problems at Wimbledon and the US Open.

"I would like to be wrong, but I think that the English and the Americans will do everything to prevent Novak from playing at Wimbledon and the US Open," Pilic added. Meanwhile, 20-time Grand Slam champion Djokovic is set to start his 2022 season in Dubai. The Dubai event is set to start on the 21st of February and Djokovic is set to lead this year's player field.

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