Former world number 3 Marin Cilic believes that the whole situation of Novak Djokovic could and should have been better handled. Djokovic, the 20-time Grand Slam champion, announced on Tuesday that he had obtained a medical exemption for the Australian Open.
Djokovic landed in Melbourne in January but spent nine hours at the airport before learning his visa was canceled. Djokovic is now isolated in an immigration hotel and awaiting the results of his appeal. “It’s amazing that this is the situation he finds himself in.
And whatever the decision of the Australian government […] should have been, the way it all turned out is not good for anyone, especially not for Novak, ”Cilic said.
Čilić on Djokovic: […] It’s amazing that this is the situation he finds himself in.
And whatever the decision of the Australian government […] should have been, the way it all turned out is not good for anyone, especially not for Novak. “(https://t.co/y9CcYH9xaV) – Olivier | Tennis (@ insidetennis99) January 7, 2022
“Djokovic is not above the rules”
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison took to Twitter after the news of Djokovic became official.
“Djokovic’s visa has been canceled. Rules are rules, especially when it comes to our borders. No one is above these rules. Our strict border policies have been essential for Australia to have one of the lowest COVID death rates in the world, we continue to be vigilant, ”Morrison tweeted.
Djokovic’s father, Srdjan, called what the Australian authorities did “shameful”. “It’s a shameful decision. Deportation. We must all come out and welcome him [when he comes back]. I can’t talk to my son; they present him as a criminal.
I’m at a loss for words for everything they’ve done to her, “Srdjan said. Djokovic’s mother Dijana said the whole situation was very difficult for her.” It’s very difficult for me to go through with it. that.
No one deserved that kind of treatment, especially him. It is a political position, which he cannot play, it is a scandal. Putting him in dirty hotels, having no contact with us, is unprecedented treatment, ”said Dijana Djokovic.