Andy Murray dismayed by Novak Djokovic’s ‘really bad’ situation

Andy Murray has lost four Australian Open finals to Novak Djokovic, most recently in 2016

Andy Murray says he is appalled by Novak Djokovic’s struggle to get into Australia, saying he is “not good at tennis at all”.

Djokovic was denied entry to the country upon reaching the Australian Open straight due to vaccination rules, and is now appealing against deportation.

It is currently the world’s number one immigration detention center.

“I think everyone was shocked by that,” said Murray, who will also play in the tournament that begins on January 17.

“I will say two things about her now. The first thing is that I hope Novak is doing well. I know him very well, I have always had a good relationship with him and I hope he is OK.

“The second thing: It’s not really good for tennis at all and I don’t think it’s helpful to anyone involved. I think it’s really bad.”

Djokovic’s court hearing will begin at 10:00 local time (23:00 GMT Sunday) after an attempt by the Australian government to delay his appeal against deportation. rejected.

Briton Murray’s comments come after Australian player Nick Kyrgios said: His country’s handling of the conflict was “really bad”.

But Rafael Nadal said Djokovic Can play “without problem” If he wants it.

Australia’s epidemic border rules prohibit foreigners from entering the country if they have not been vaccinated twice or have a medical exemption from receiving vaccinations.

While foreigners can travel to Australia with a visa that is applied for online, they still need to clear immigration customs upon arrival at the airport.

Djokovic – who has said he opposes vaccination – was initially given a medical exemption to play at the Australian Open, infuriating many living under strict Covid rules in the country.

When the 34-year-old arrived in Melbourne, the Australian federal government canceled his visa. Now Djokovic’s lawyers are appealing on the grounds that he meets the criteria for a vaccine exemption due to his recent infection with the Coronavirus.

Lawyers say this was confirmed by PCR testing on December 16 but the Australian government insists only residents are eligible for this exemption.

Pictures on Djokovic’s social mediaExternal link It appears to show the player who was attending events in Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, around the time he tested positive.

While he awaits a final decision, Djokovic’s lawyers have requested that he be moved from the immigration detention hotel where he is being held to a “more suitable place of detention” that would allow him to train before the Australian Open.

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