'It was a pity that Novak Djokovic didn't have the opportunity...', says ATP ace

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'It was a pity that Novak Djokovic didn't have the opportunity...', says ATP ace

“Congratulations to Rafael Nadal on the 21st GS [Grand Slam]. Great result. Always an impressive fighting spirit that prevails once again. Congratulations" This is the message he wrote on social media Novak Djokovic after the Australian Open final, in the part addressed to the winner of the men's tournament, Rafael Nadal.

The social post marked the return of the Serbian after the media and judicial affair in Australia. Novak Djokovic was the number one seed on the men's Australian Open draw, in which he could participate under a medical exemption.

Although the Australian authorities confirmed the authenticity of the documents presented, the world's number one tennis player was not allowed to enter Australia because he would not have been a good example for young Australians.

In the previous weeks, the BBC has expressed doubts about the veracity of the medical exemption presented by Djokovic and his staff, in particular referring to the two PCR tests, one tested positive on 16 December and the other, made on 22 December, negative.

. The Serbian government, however, has denied this hypothesis. In order to verify the veracity of the documents presented by Novak Djokovic to obtain medical exemption and an entry visa to Australia, the Serbian Prosecutor's Office opened an investigation into these documents.

In the previous weeks, the BBC had shown inconsistencies on the serial numbers of the PCR tests, done on December 16 and 22. After the conclusion of the checks by the Prosecutor's Office, the Serbian Minister of Health declared that both PCR tests are valid and authentic.

They could therefore be valid documents for Djokovic to participate in Roland Garros. In fact, to access the second Grand Slam of the season it is necessary to have a vaccination pass, issued even if you are infected with the Coronavirus in the six months prior to the sporting event.

Djokovic was deported from Australia

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. The World No. 258 opined that the Serb is the only player on tour who can "come back stronger" from the situation he finds himself in.

"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.

"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.