British tennis player Liam Broady says there shouldn’t be an asterisk to the name of this year’s Australian Open winner after the Novak Djokovic withdrawal. On Sunday, Djokovic lost his Australia visa appeal and was deported from the country.
Djokovic, a record nine-time Australian Open champion, would have been the top favorite to win the Australian Open. “I hate the argument that there should be an asterisk next to this years winner of the Australian open.
That would mean every tournament that the world number 1 doesn’t play should have an asterisk next to it. For most of the 60’s the best players didn’t even play the slams,” Broady tweeted.
I hate the argument that there should be an asterisk next to this years winner of the Australian open.
That would mean every tournament that the world number 1 doesn’t play should have an asterisk next to it. For most of the 60’s the best players didn’t even play the slams ð¤¦ð¼âï¸ — Liam Broady (@Liambroady) January 16, 2022
Broady drawn to meet Kyrgios
Qualifier Broady is set to clash home favorite Kyrgios in the Australian Ooen first round.
Meanwhile, Djokovic released a statement after losing his visa appeal. “I would like to make a brief statement to address the outcome's of today's Court hearing, I will now be taking some time to rest and recuperate, before making any further comments beyond this," Djokovic said in a statement.
"I'm extremely disappointed with the Court ruling to discuss my application for judicial review of the Minister's decision to cancel my visa, which means I cannot stay in Australia and participate in the Australian Open.
"I respect the Court's ruling and I will cooperate with the relevant authorities in relation to my departure from the country. "I'm uncomfortable that the focus of the past weeks has been on me and I hope that we can all now focus on the game and tournament I love, I would like to wish the players, tournament officials, staff, volunteers and fans all the best for the tournament.
"Finally, I would like to thank my family, friends, team, supporters, fans and my fellow Serbians for your continued support. You have all been a great source of strength for me."