Polish tennis star Hubert Hurkacz believes the whole Novak Djokovic visa situation was "very sad" as he suggested the Serb only came to Australia after being sure he would be allowed to play. After announcing on his Instagram that he had been granted a medical exemption for the Australian Open, Djokovic flew to Melbourne, where he was met by the Australian Border Force.
It was just the beginning of 10 long days for Djokovic in Australia, whose visa was canceled twice. After losing his visa appeal to Australia, Djokovic was deported from the country and robbed of the chance to compete for his record 21st Grand Slam.
"It's very sad, you know. But it's just, you know, they allowed him to come to the country, and then when he came, he started having these huge problems. So obviously, that's, that was a very, very difficult situation for him.
I mean, so definitely, if he wasn't, you know, if he knew before then if he didn't, he wouldn't risk it. So definitely, it's a very, very tough and difficult situation," Hurkacz told Essentially Sports. Many thought that Djokovic would publicly criticize Australia and its authorities.
Instead, Djokovic said that he will always remember all the good things that have happened to him in Australia and left the door open to return to the Australian Open next year. "I will always remember all the beautiful things that have happened to me in Melbourne.
Djokovic is a tennis legend
In a recent interview with L'Equipe, Novak Djokovic reiterated that he will not be getting vaccinated against COVID-19, stating that he has made the decision based on the information available about the vaccine.
"Based on the information about the vaccine, I have decided not to get vaccinated. At this time, I do not feel the need to do so to protect my body and I do not have the impression of being a threat to others. Vaccinated or not, the virus can be transmitted," said Djokovic.
Djokovic went on to assert that he wants to be the "sole owner" of his body, and that "nobody on Earth" knows his body better than himself. "It is my position and, for the future, my mind is open. Nobody on Earth knows my body better than me, I want to be the only owner of my body," he said.
There is often a debate amongst the best in the business when it comes to tennis. The ‘Big Three’ comprising of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic are the focal point of most of these debates. The three have ruled men’s tennis over the last 20 years.