Australian cricket great Shane Warne is unhappy with Novak Djokovic and says the country has the right to send him off. Djokovic is currently awaiting the government’s decision after securing relief from the court leaving him free. Djokovic is currently in the Australian Open draw and has been training for the tournament.
Warne said that even though Djokovic was a great player, the fact that he lied on registration forms and broke Covid-19 isolation rules is reason enough for the player. Australia “throws it”.
“Novak is a great tennis player and one of the greatest of all time. No doubt. But he lied on entry forms, was in public when he knew he had covid and did now facing legal action. He has the right not to get stung but Oz has the right to fire him! Accept? #shambles,” he tweeted.
Novak is a great tennis player and one of the greatest of all time. Without a doubt. But he lied on registration forms, went out in public when he knew he had covid and is now facing legal action. He has the right not to get stung but Oz has the right to fire him! Accept? #mess—Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) January 13, 2022
On Thursday, Stefanos Tsitsipas also spoke openly about Djokovic’s situation. He said Djokovic was playing by his own rules and putting the Grand Slam at risk.
“He definitely played by his own rules,” Tsitsipas said in an interview with Indian broadcaster WION.
“It takes a lot of daring and puts a Grand Slam at risk – I don’t think many players would do that.”
Tsitsipas, who lost to Djokovic in the French Open final last year, said almost everyone at the Melbourne tournament had been vaccinated.
Others, he said, “chose to go their own way, which makes the majority feel like they’re all fools.”
Djokovic flew to Melbourne Airport on January 5 with a vaccine exemption due to a positive PCR test result reported on December 16.
Border officials rejected his exemption, believing that a recent infection was not sufficient justification, tore up his visa and placed him in a detention center.
But Djokovic’s top legal team overturned the visa decision in court on Monday on a procedural issue related to his airport interview.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Thursday that no decision had been made on whether to revoke Djokovic’s visa a second time.
Even if he is allowed to stay, there are questions about his preparations and physical condition for the grueling two-week tournament after being forced to spend four nights in the detention centre.
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