'Novak Djokovic wasn’t treated entirely correctly at all times', says expert
by SIMONE BRUGNOLI | VIEW 10556
Novak Djokovic was unable to defend his title at the Australian Open due to the well-known events. The world number 1 was in fact expelled from the country on the eve of the start of the Happy Slam. After trying to enter Australia with a medical exemption, Nole ended up at the center of a soap opera that lasted almost two weeks.
Although he had won the first memory before Judge Anthony Kelly, the Serbian was 'impressed' by the discretion exercised by the Minister of Immigration Alex Hawke. The latter decided to revoke his visa for reasons of public order.
The three Federal Court judges confirmed the visa revocation order and Djokovic had to return home. As if that weren't enough, the 34-year-old from Belgrade watched helplessly as his historic rival Rafael Nadal triumphed at Melbourne Park.
In doing so, the Spaniard overtook Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in the all-time Grand Slam standings. In a long interview with the 'Tennis365' portal, former British number 1 Andrew Castle expressed his opinion on this whole affair.
Castle reflects on Novak Djokovic
“The only camera we were missing down in Australia was one on Novak Djokovic’s face on match point when Nadal made it to No. 21. After seeing that, I can imagine Novak’s motivation will be 100 percent moving forward," said Castle.
In the interview, Castle said he missed seeing Djokovic at the Australian Open regardless of the way the Serb conducted himself. “While we rightly celebrated that magnificent final with Nadal and (Daniil) Medvedev, Djokovic has won that tournament nine times and we just want to see him there," said Castle.
“I want to see the very best giving it one last slog over the next year, two years or three years, so I missed Novak down there, regardless of my personal opinion of the way he conducted himself," added the former British No.
1. In the same interview, Castle pointed out that "a vast amount of politics" were involved in Djokovic's visa saga and that the Serb wasn't treated "entirely correctly" in Australia. “My own personal view is he wasn’t treated entirely correctly at all times in that one.
There was a vast amount of politics in it, with the elections in Australia and the restrictions they had to endure were so difficult. With a bit of luck it fizzles out and he can get back to doing what he does best," concluded Castle.