Novak Djokovic's case has also put Craig Tiley and Tennis Australia in an awkward position. The Australian federation, in particular, has been accused of providing incorrect information to unvaccinated players ahead of the 110th edition of the Australian Open.
The story that saw Renata Voracova as the protagonist would represent the clearest proof. The Czech player initially received permission to enter Australia from border agents and played doubles in one of the pre Australian Open tournaments.
Only after the cancellation of Djokovic's visa, Voracova was subjected to harsh interrogation and subsequently deported. Despite numerous controversies, Australian Open director Craig Tiley has announced that he has no intention of resigning and that preparations for 2023 have already begun.
"We have many plans for the future and I am ready to work for the long term," Tiley explained to SEN's Dwayne's World. “The Victorian government has done a great job over the past 10 years. We've had a billion dollar growth, so we're already thinking about our next goals.
Our focus was on the tournament and the three weeks that accompanied the event. We are already planning 2023. There will be a meeting next month and all parties will be busy. We have a lot of work to do to overcome what we have already achieved.
Djokovic? We want to leave behind what happened and move on”. In an official meeting with the Serbian president, Djokovic instead clarified that he will talk in detail about the story that characterized his stay in Australia.
"Since I have not yet publicly exposed myself on the matter, this is the first time, I ask the journalists for patience."
Tomic reflects on Djokovic
In a recent interview with Blic, Bernard Tomic said it was a pity Novak Djokovic didn't get the opportunity to defend his title at the 2022 Australian Open.
"I spoke to him and told him I was very sad not to have seen him at the Australian Open. I have already told the Australian media that they should have treated Novak better while he was in the country, and that it was a pity that he didn't have the opportunity to defend the title," Tomic said.
Hailing the World No. 1 as a "true champion," Tomic revealed the Serb thanked him for his support and believes he is strong enough to "overcome this situation." "Novak thanked me for my support and wished me the best.
What happened is unbelievable, unreal. But if there is anyone who can come back stronger and has the strength to face everything, that is him. Probably he is the only one on the tour who is strong enough to overcome this. I believe he is a true champion and that he will overcome this situation," added the Australian.