Novak Djokovic’s rivals are reacting to the latest twist in their battle to compete at the Australian Open with empathy and a desire for the ultimate resolve to focus on the Grand Slam tournament.
This week, Djokovic said he was “happy and grateful” that a judge revoked his visa. But on Friday, Australia’s immigration minister again canceled the visa. Djokovic will be taken into custody again on Saturday, with the results of the court hearings awaited on Sunday.
Even players who previously told Djokovic should have followed the rules – and either received vaccinations or skipped the tournament – now say they don’t like how the controversy is going. Used to be. They cite Djokovic’s forced stay in a quarantine hotel, as well as confusion and distraction from the Australian Open that kicked off the Grand Slam season.
Here’s a brief rundown of what some of the top players said this week:
Rafael Nadal“Whether I agree with Djokovic on certain things or not, without a doubt, justice has spoken,” said Djokovic, who has currently won 20 Grand Slams.
The Spanish star was quoted as speaking to Spanish radio before a judge cleared Djokovic to stay in Melbourne, before his visa was revoked again.
“He has said that he has the right to play at the Australian Open, and I really believe that if this issue is resolved, that is the most appropriate thing to do,” Nadal said.
Like many other tennis professionals, Nadal has previously said that the requirements for athletes who want to play in Australia are clear.
“He made his own decisions and everyone is free to make their own decisions, but there will be consequences,” Nadal said last week.
“Of course, I don’t like the situation that is happening. Somehow, I feel sorry for him. But at the same time, he knew the circumstances from many months ago, so he makes his own decision.”
Nadal said He understood the anger of many in Australia, citing the many sacrifices required by the pandemic.
“I believe people who know about medicine say it, and if people say we need to get vaccinated, then we need to get vaccinated.”
stephanos tsitsipas Greece’s said Djokovic wants to follow his rules.
“Certainly, he is playing by his own rules and doing something that not many players had the guts to go and do, especially after the ATP announced certain criteria for players to enter the country. ,” Tsitsipas told India. WION News Channel,
“No one would have really thought, ‘I can just come to Australia without vaccinations and not follow the protocols they gave me,’ which – it takes a lot of courage to do that, and [it’s] Risking a Grand Slam, which again, I don’t think many players would do.”
Tsitsipas, who has fueled his own doubts about COVID-19 vaccines, said he opted to get vaccinated and focus on playing tennis.
“There are two ways to look at it. One way is … the statistics say 98% of the players have been vaccinated and did what they had to do to come and perform and play in Australia.” WION Interview.
“In another sense, it seems that not everyone is playing by the rules,” Tsitsipas said. He continued, “A very small minority of that percentage chose to follow their own path, leading the majority to think they were all idiots or something.”
Nick Kyrgios – The Australian who tested positive for coronavirus this month but hopes to be able to compete at the Australian Open – said early on during the drama surrounding Djokovic’s trip to Australia that he believed everyone should Same rules should be followed and get vaccinated if they want to enter. Country.
But as Djokovic spent a limited number of days in a hotel waiting for word on his visa, Kyrgios also said he has sympathy for the plight of the Serbs.
Kyrgios said, “I feel like whether it’s right or wrong… he’s a human.” “I’m sorry for that — that’s where I stand at the moment. I don’t think that’s the right way to go about it.”
Kyrgios said those who come to Australia despite their visa problem, should be allowed to fix the issue.
“Because this is Novak, I think we’re almost going to go a step further to punish him, in a sense.”
Kyrgios has said that he has vaccinated to protect others, including his mother. But he criticized the way Djokovic is being treated and how his story is being told in the media.
Kyrgios said in a video clip on Instagram this week: “As an Australian athlete, I feel so ashamed to see what this guy has done for us and the sport.”
Andy Murray Said, “I think everyone is surprised by it, to be honest.”
“I’m going to say two things right now on this. The first thing is I hope Novak is okay,” the British player told reporters. “I know him well, and I’ve always had a good relationship with him.
“The other thing I would say on this is that it’s not really good for tennis at all, and I don’t think it’s good for anyone involved. I think it’s really bad.
“Some things have come up that really don’t look good. I want to hear all the facts before I give my thoughts on this.”
Late December, Morena announced She had received a vaccine booster shot, joking that she injected her “third microchip into me today.”
He said, “Joking aside..Science is the best.”