Novak Djokovic’s legal loss is a loss for open fans

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Novak Djokovic’s defeat in court is also the defeat of the Australian Open, the defeat of tennis fans, and the defeat of the sport as a whole.

Aside from everything that led to the deportation from Australia on Sunday, that’s a fundamentally incomprehensible reason why athletes who don’t want to see the athletes who dominated men are forced to attend the event. Is 2021 Grand Slam Tennis competing for a historic title starting in 2022?

Especially recently, unfamiliar with the big stage defeat, he was able to break his record by winning his tenth trophy at Melbourne Park. He also won his 21st trophy in all major championships and was able to defeat the men’s mark shared with Rafael Nadal (Australia) and Roger Federer (not after knee surgery).

Instead, when play begins in Australia on Monday (Sunday in the United States), 2009 winner Nadal will be the only Australian Open champion in the 128 men’s field. And Italy’s 29-year-old 150th-placed Salvatore Caruso, who lost four games in a row in the Grand Slam main draw and failed to qualify in Melbourne, was No. .1 Djokovic stood up to a federal court ruling on Sunday.

Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal of Spain returned during practice in the Rod Laver area prior to the Australian Open Tennis Championships on January 16, 2022 in Melbourne, Australia. (Simon Baker / AP Photo)

Within 18 hours of the start of the tournament, a panel of three judges unanimously upheld the Minister’s right to cancel Djokovic’s visa and ended his last effort to be able to play, ATP. I got closer to what the tour called correctly. A very disappointing series of events. “

This is how Nadal said it on Saturday and everyone was still waiting for a solution: “Honestly, I’m a little tired of the situation.”

Djokovic said he tested positive for COVID-19 in December and asked for a medical exemption, which was initially granted. In the end, he was seen as someone in Australia who could stir up anti-vaccine sentiment, forcing him to leave Australia.

It involved one of the most successful and well-known athletes around, who came within one of the Grand Slam wins of the first calendar year in men’s tennis since 1969. The miniseries included an eight-hour airport cross-examination, a four-day forced stay at an immigrant hotel, several court hearings, two cancellations of a superstar visa, one appeal, and finally no more. It included one rejection.

Since Djokovic landed in Melbourne on January 5th, he hasn’t asked any questions or spoken to the media, at least in part, so there are so many unknowns to see what happens next in Djokovic. Is attractive.

After Sunday’s verdict, he said he was “extremely disappointed” and “it will take some time to rest and recover before making any further comments.”

“It’s unpleasant that the focus of the last few weeks has been on me, and I hope all of us can now focus on the games and tournaments I love.”

Novak Djokovic
Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic gets in the car when he leaves the government detention facility before attending a court hearing at his law firm in Melbourne, Australia on January 16, 2022.

No one knows when he will return to action. No one knows which tournament in the future will need the vaccine. No one knows if Djokovic will be vaccinated.

And, of course, no one knows what the future of Djokovic’s sport will be.

But it seems safe to count on this. Djokovic, the ultimate fighter who never suffers from difficult opponents, match points and hostile crowds, will return to victory if he can return to the court with his racket in his hand.

Associated Press