Australia Deports No. 1 Ranked Novak Djokovic For Unvaccinated Status Ahead of Australian Open

By  //  January 16, 2022

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Players react, defend Djokovic amid debacle

Serbia’s Olympic Committee has described the deportation of the tennis star as a “great injustice”. (Novak Djokovic Image)

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA (New York Post) – No one will mistake Novak Djokovic for the most popular player among his counterparts on the ATP Tour. But following his visa cancellation and deportation ahead of the Australian Open, some players have come to Djokovic’s side in his fight with how the situation played out.

“Nole always has and always will be class,” American John Isner said. “He’s an absolute legend in my book that has brought so much good to millions around the world. This isn’t right.”

Former top player Andy Murray also criticized how the situation was handled.

“I don’t like that [Djokovic] is in this situation and I don’t like that he has been in detention,” Murray told the BBC.

“The situation has not been good all round for anyone. It feels like everything here happened extremely last minute and that’s why it became such a mess. Hopefully that won’t be the case at other events so there is no other situation like this. I wouldn’t want that for Novak, don’t want that for tennis and hopefully it is done now.”