As tennis world number one Novak Djokovic continues to be detained in an immigration detention center in Australia, Andy Murray has lent his voice to the ongoing drama, saying the situation is shocking to him and not a good development for tennis. world.
Djokovic traveled to Australia on a medical waiver to receive the Covid-19 vaccine, as his team claim he tested positive for a PCR test on December 16.
However, upon arriving in the country, the tennis star was ordered to leave due to problems with the visa waiver he requested, which has led to a legal battle against his deportation.
According to Murray, the uncertainty about Novak Djokovic’s situation ahead of the Australian Open, even though he is the defending Australian Open champion, is “really bad” for tennis.
Murray says he has yet to speak to Djokovic, the nine-time Australian Open champion, but has expressed sympathy.
Speaking ahead of the Australian Open, Murray told reporters in Melbourne:
‘I think everyone is surprised by this to be honest. I’m going to say two things about it right now.
‘The first thing is that I hope Novak is okay. I know him well, I’ve always had a good relationship with him and I hope he’s okay.
“It’s really not good for tennis at all, and I don’t think it’s good for anyone involved.”
Upon his arrival in Australia, Djokovic was sent to a deportation hotel in Melbourne for refugees and asylum seekers.
Djokovic’s legal case is due to be heard on Monday, while his fans have gathered in large numbers to protest his treatment in Melbourne.
Djokovic’s legal team claimed in recent days that he was subjected to an eight-hour ordeal in which airport security refused to let him sleep, denied him time to speak to his lawyers and illegally canceled his visa.
Djokovic will be keen to put a quick end to the problem as he looks to surpass Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal to his 21st Grand Slam title in Melbourne later this month.
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