Former Spanish tennis player and current tennis coach Pepe Imaz says it's true that Novak Djokovic has had his mistakes but adds everything that the Serb does comes from the heart and with good intentions behind it. Imaz has a good relationship with Djokovic and he is one of the people that had a chance to get to know the 20-time Grand Slam champion better.
"As I feel and observe him, everything he has done, he has done with the best intention and desire to help and contribute from the status he has in the world of tennis. He has done it from the heart. Some things have been more successful or less.
He is a human being and he learns. For some he was wrong and he lived the criticism and received it with acceptance and learning," Imaz told AS.
Djokovic was heavily criticized during the Australia visa debacle
Djokovic didn't get vaccinated before the start of the season but applied to be given a medical exemption for the Australian Open.
Djokovic tested positive for COVID-19 in mid-December and he used that positive test while applying to be granted a medical exemption. The day before flying to Australia, Djokovic took to Instagram to announce that he was granted a medical exemption for the Australian Open.
What happened in Australia is well-documented as it ended with the worst case scenario for Djokovic - getting deported. Some suggested that nothing would have happened had Djokovic kept his medical exemption a secret. However, Djokovic had zero regrets about making his medical exemption public.
“I value honesty, it is something I’ve grown up with. I was aware that my name was mentioned in the media in the two or three months prior to that. Based on the values that I hold dearly in life, I wanted to be transparent.
I don’t regret it. I don’t know if things would have been different if I hadn’t posted that. I never thought that I would have to talk about my medical records in order to play tennis," Djokovic said.