Tennis stars are taking action against the Novak case
The deportation of Novak Djokovic on the eve of defending his Australian Open title has prompted rival players to demand the chaos never be repeated.
Unvaccinated Serbian legend Djokovic arrived in Dubai “extremely disappointed” after losing a second appeal to his visa annulment – which could mean a THREE-YEAR ban from Down Under.
Three federal court judges supported the Australian government in kicking out the 20-time Grand Slam winner on public health grounds.
World No. 1 Djokovic, 34, insisted he was “uncomfortable” to focus on him, adding: “I’m going to take some time now to rest and recover.”
Britain’s Andy Murray said: “It’s not great for the tournament because it’s better when all the top players are playing.
“I don’t like that he was in custody. The situation was not all good for anyone. It feels like everything happened at the last minute here and that’s why it became such a mess.
“Hopefully that won’t be the case at other events. I wouldn’t want that for Novak, I don’t want that for tennis and hopefully it’s done now.”
And Australian ace Nick Kyrgios, who has criticized Djokovic in the past, has blasted his country’s ‘really bad’ handling of the course – urging officials to ‘make it better’.
The Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) called Djokovic’s lost appeal the end of a “deeply regrettable series of events”.
And the governing body “strongly recommended” all players to get vaccinated.