The novel ended but not a happy ending for Novak Djokovic. The Serbian lost his most important match to Australian justice, and was deported from the country after the Australian Federal Court refused to appeal his visa. The number one ATP player had to deal with this issue for over a week after not being vaccinated against COVID-19.
The deportation ends several days of uncertainty about whether or not Nol can enter the country under a medical exemption. Upon arriving in the oceanic country, he had to be quarantined in a hotel until his release last Monday. After that, touch hope to play Australian Open, so I got training for Big bangs; However, on Sunday, his worst fears were confirmed.
Djokovic, who has already left the country for Dubai, will not be able to defend his title in Australian Open He faces a three-year ban on returning to the country due to the cancellation of his visa. I respect the court’s decision, but I am disappointed. I don’t feel comfortable being the focus for the past few weeks and I hope everything now goes to the game and tournament that I love. I will take some time to rest and recover before making a statement again.”Serbian said.
The Australian authorities took the decision, considering it a health risk for not receiving the vaccination. In addition, they recalled their recent events, such as attending events without a mask even though they already had COVID-19. Also, don’t be explicit when advertising your travels before you arrive in Australia.
The tournament will go on
Although the decrease in Djokovic, the Australian Open Go ahead and starting Sunday the first round will start. Italy’s Salvatore Caruso will take the position of Knoll, who enters the main draw as a “lucky loser” (they are tennis players who lose in the last round of the “qualifiers”, but have options to enter if any injury or failure to play previously).
Inspite of that Djokovic He was aiming for his 21st Grand Slam title in Australia and to be the tennis player with the most majors in history, and that opportunity now belongs to Rafael Nadal. The Spaniard will face a Grand Slam for the first time without “Noel” or Roger Federer attending, and he is also the only one in the main draw to have won the Australian Open.
Manakuri, who just won his first tournament of the year in Melbourne, doesn’t feel like the favourite as he recently made a comeback after five months. However, you will highlight him because he can break the tie with Federer and Djokovic And winning his 21st Grand Slam title. Of course, another player hoping to win is Russian Daniil Medvedev, who could be the new world number one if he can lift the Ocean title.
What will happen to Novak Djokovic?
banish Djokovic He’s a before and after on the ATP calendar, because the Serbian – not vaccinated – can miss in other tournaments. Although the same situation that Australia experienced will not happen again, the truth is that other countries will be attentive. In March, the season’s Masters 1000 begins, with Indian Wells and Miami.
In the United States, it is necessary to provide a complete vaccination schedule against COVID-19 upon entering the country. Which mode Djokovic It is not counted, not only because he was not vaccinated due to his last infection in December, but also for not agreeing to mandatory vaccination. For this reason, the first ATP player can be dropped from both tournaments.
On US soil, Knoll may also risk losing the Masters 1000 in Cincinnati, in August, and the US Open in September. The only thing that can help you is the medical exemption. Authorities will have to determine if he tested positive in December enough to allow him to enter the country.
On the other hand, the first player will have an easier time in Roland Garros, where he will be able to be present, not only because France has fewer restrictions (you must only submit a negative PCR report or pass the disease in the last six months), but because the Minister of Sports, Roxana Marasinho, confirmed it “You will be able to participate in the competition because the protocol, the health bubble of these great sporting events, will allow that”.
As for Wimbledon, the other Grand Slam of this season, there is no certainty about any handicap, so Novak Djokovic You may have more options than America. The only thing the Serb must do is comply with the mandatory ten-day quarantine upon entering the UK, a pre-travel test and two during his detention, on the second and eighth days.
If this is the case, the schedule Djokovic It seems complicated because he is not sure what tournaments he can play, due to a lack of vaccination. This would put him away from defending his points from last year, which would mean a drop in the standings and thus leave the top of the ATP after several months. Only time will prove it.
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