Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios revealed Novak Djokovic reached out to him in an attempt to get a better understanding of the Australian community's stance. Djokovic didn't get vaccinated before the start of the season but he was granted a medical exemption for the Australian Open.
After landing in Melbourne, Djokovic was met by the Australian Border Force and had his visa canceled. Djokovic was then placed in detention, where he spent the next few days before winning his appeal in court and getting his visa back.
Djokovic trained for a few days at Melbourne Park before Immigration Minister Alex Hawke exercised his powers to cancel the visa of the world. Djokovic appealed the decision but lost his Australia visa case. Djokovic was then deported from the country.
“I've been speaking to Novak a fair bit, he reached out after I stood up for him," Kyrgios said on the Kyle and Jackie O radio show, as quoted on Sportskeeda. "I would've stood up for anyone but he reached out, he just wanted more understanding at the time.
He knew it was coming but thought we were taking our anger out on him”.
Kyrgios showed empathy for Djokovic
Last month, Kyrgios showed empathy for Djokovic while speaking on his No Boundaries podcast. Back then, Kyrgios felt Djokovic absolutely didn't deserve to be treated like he was in Australia.
"We wouldn't expect a 20-time Grand Slam champion to be treated like this, no we wouldn't," Kyrgios said on an episode of his podcast. "He's done a lot, when we had the bushfires, he was supporting us. When we needed help, he came and helped us.
We're treating him like he's never done anything, he's a villain, which he's actually not." Djokovic hasn't yet made any comments on what happened in Australia. Djokovic met with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic on Thursday and revealed in 7-10 he will offer his thoughts on Australia.