Boris Becker, former coach of Novak Djokovic and winner of several major titles, lamented that Australian Minister of Immigration Alex Hawk had his visa revoked by the Australian Minister of Immigration, but said it was a reminder that there is no greater player than the sport.
the main points:
- The Australian government has canceled tennis star Novak Djokovic’s visa for the second time
- The Serbian star was ordered to attend an interview with immigration officials on Saturday
- The Federal Circuit Court heard that he would be returned to custody after that interview
Becker’s reaction was one of many from the world of tennis and politics as Djokovic and his lawyers prepare once again to challenge the revocation of his visa.
His thoughts seemed to be echoed by three-time Grand Slam winner Andy Murray, who described Djokovic’s situation as “unfortunate” when asked by reporters after his semi-final victory at the Sydney Classic.
While Murray was accustomed, world number one and former women’s Grand Slam champion Justin Henin said it’s probably best if Djokovic packs his bags and goes home at this point.
Former French Open champion and BBC presenter Sue Parker said Djokovic simply had to face the consequences of his actions when it came to his refusal to be vaccinated.
Djokovic’s ex-Davis Cup teammate Serbia Janko Tipsarevic tweeted: “Sam’s shame on everyone involved in this process…”
While famous tennis coach and tennis analyst Darren Cahill said that the situation reflected badly on all participants.
In Australia, the decision also led to a lot of political accusations.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he had taken note of Mr Hawke’s decision to revoke the tennis star’s visa.
“It is my understanding that, after careful consideration, the Minister has taken action to revoke Mr Djokovic’s visa on health and order grounds, on the understanding that it is in the public interest to do so,” Mr. Morrison said.
“This pandemic has been very difficult for every Australian, but we have stuck together and saved lives and livelihoods.”
However, opposition leader Anthony Albanese said the saga distracts from the larger issues facing the country and accused Mr Morrison of using Djokovic’s visa drama as a distraction.
“[Scott Morrison] He used this Novak Djokovic saga as a distraction from the shortages in our supermarkets, our chemists’ shortages, the workers’ shortages, the uncertainty people had about baby boosters and going back to school and all that’s left,” Mr. Albanese said.
“But what we have from the government is day in and day out of no decision as it has now been almost 60 days since his visa was granted.”
Former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd tweeted that the Djokovic disaster was “one of the government’s biggest political distractions”.
The latest court battle between Djokovic and the federal government is scheduled to resume on Saturday.