Fabio Fognini gives his take on the Novak Djokovic visa debacle

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Fabio Fognini gives his take on the Novak Djokovic visa debacle

Italian tennis star Fabio Fognini reveals he spoke with Novak Djokovic after he was deported from Australia. Djokovic refused to take the vaccine before the start of the season but was granted a medical exemption for the Australian Open.

After landing in Australia, Djokovic had his visa canceled and he was detained. Djokovic's visa eventually got reinstated but then Immigration Minister Alex Hawke exercised his powers and canceled the visa of the Serb.

Djokovic lost his Australia visa appeal and was deported from the country. "I spoke to [Novak] Djokovic when they kicked him out of Australia and it was all very crazy. He fought [to play in the Australian Open] because he knew he could do it.

Only he knows if he had COVID. It's very private," Fognini said, per Sportskeeda. "It was sad because there was more talk about it than the Grand Slam. I don't want to say anything else. I would have liked to see him play."

Djokovic's vaccination status now unclear

Djokovic has signed up to play the Indian Wells Masters in March. The tournament announced only fully vaccinated players will be allowed to compete. "With health and safety as the tournament’s top priority, the BNP Paribas Open will require valid proof of full vaccination to enter the Indian Wells Tennis Garden for the tournament.

For the second consecutive year, the BNP Paribas Open has partnered with CLEAR, the secure identity company, to facilitate the implementation of the venue’s mandatory vaccination policy ahead of the 2022 tournament.

The guidelines for the players are governed by the protocols established by their respective governing bodies, the WTA and ATP, as well as any restrictions established by the United States of America in regard to the vaccination status of international travelers entering the country," the tournament said. If Djokovic plays Indian Wells, that will mean that he has been vaccinated.