Novak Djokovic was unable to defend his title at the Australian Open due to the well-known vaccination issue. The Serb tried to enter the country with a medical exemption, but found opposition from the federal government. The result was a soap opera that ran for nearly two weeks.
Although he won the first appeal before Judge Anthony Kelly, the world number 1 was 'impressed' by the discretion exercised by Immigration Minister Alex Hawke. The latter decided to expel him from Australia for reasons of public order.
The three judges of the Federal Court confirmed the visa revocation order and Nole returned home amid a thousand controversies. The 20-time Grand Slam champion gave a lengthy interview to the BBC, in which he admitted that he would be willing to give up some Grand Slam title in order to remain true to his principles.
The 34-year-old from Belgrade will make his season debut in Dubai next week, but there is a big question mark on his calendar. At the microphones of Telegraf.rs, Nikola Pilic analyzed Novak's prospects in detail.
Pilic on Novak Djokovic
"Novak Djokovic has the right to have his own position.
I am very sorry that such a situation came about that Novak, who has such a great career, finds himself in a situation where he does not play at Roland Garros and Wimbledon," Pilic said. "Not to raise those cups again and lose the first position on the ATP list.
If his position on the vaccine is so firm and if it is more important for him not to get vaccinated and miss the Grand Slams by the end of the year, then he has the right to do so." Pilic, and several other Eastern European tennis fans, have often insinuated that Djokovic receives unnecessary hate from American and British media in particular.
"Novak is the greatest player of all time, but the Western press can hardly wait for him not to play in the biggest tournaments in the continuation of the season," he added. "I have a lot of experience in sports and I know the West and their media very well.
Novak is a pebble in their shoes and they never gave him the support they gave to Federer and Nadal." In a recent interview, the ATP World No.1 Novak Djokovic stated that he will not take the vaccination to play any Grand Slam tournaments.
Since then, many people are expressing their views on the whole situation surrounding the Serb. Ultimately, most people think that it’s not good for him and tennis.