Former Australian Open tournament director Paul McNamee has a great level of respect and admiration for Novak Djokovic as he has once again proved that he will be the first to defend the Serb from criticism. On Wednesday, Djokovic confirmed he wasn't allowed to the enter the United States due to the COVID-19 rules.
"While I was automatically listed in the @BNPPARIBASOPEN and @MiamiOpen draw I knew it would be unlikely I’d be able to travel. The CDC has confirmed that regulations won’t be changing so I won't be able to play in the US.
Good luck to those playing in these great tournaments," Djokovic wrote on Twitter.
McNamee comes to the defence of Djokovic
Sportsmail tennis writer Mike Dickson took to Twitter to react to the news of Djokovic not allowed to enter the United States.
"The loophole specialist couldn’t find a way in again. Another embarrassing episode," Dickson wrote. McNamee responded: "That is a disgraceful comment Mike …about a man who is prepared to forgo playing major events, and thereby risking his place in history, by standing by what he believes.
I’m shocked, along with many others I’m sure." A few days ago, McNamee revealed people approach him and try to ignite a negative conversation about Djokovic. When someone tries to talk negatively about Djokovic in front of McNamee, the former Australian Open tournament director quickly shuts it down.
"Sadly, wherever I go, whether it’s at golf, tennis, wherever, I run into people bringing up Novak, who want me to join them ‘bagging’ him. I tell them immediately 'Don’t say a word against him in my presence, as he’s my friend' I think, by the end, they respect his authenticity," McNamee wrote on Twitter.
Meanwhile, Djokovic will now take some time off and prepare for the clay season. As it stands now, Djokovic will be allowed to compete at the Monte Carlo Masters and French Open.