Novak Djokovic makes ‘big mistake’ of not getting vaccinated, says Boris Becker | Tennis News

World number one Novak Djokovic refused entry to Australia in Melbourne; the Serb had flown to Australia with an “exemption permit” but the visa he requested did not allow medical exemptions; Djokovic was quarantined at the hotel as the team made an appeal; appeal adjourned until Monday

Last update: 01/07/22 12:19 AM


Boris Becker is a former coach of Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic is making a “big mistake” if he does not get the Covid-19 vaccine, according to his former trainer Boris Becker.

The Serb is currently being held in solitary confinement at the Park Hotel in Carlton, Melbourne, pending the outcome of an appeal against the Australian Border Force (ABF) decision to revoke the entry visa for the defending Australian Open champion and expel him. The appeal is to be heard on Monday.

Djokovic had never disclosed if he was vaccinated against Covid-19, but criticized warrants stating that players must be double-bitten.

The world number 1 posted on social media before heading to the Australian Open to say he had received an “exemption permit” to enter the country.

Novak Djokovic – Sequence of events

Djokovic announces that he will travel to Australia with an “exemption permit” on Tuesday January 4th.
While Djokovic is in flight, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the athlete would be on the “next plane home” if he could not provide “acceptable proof” that his exemption was legitimate.
Acting Sports Minister Jaala Pulford stresses that local government in Victoria, where the Australian Open is being held, will not support Djokovic’s visa application.
The world number 1 arrives at Melbourne Airport around 11:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 5.
At around 3:15 a.m. local time in Australia, Djokovic’s father reports that his son is being held in solitary confinement at Melbourne airport.
At 5 a.m. local time, Goran Ivanisevic posted an image on social media of himself and Djokovic’s physiotherapist apparently waiting for world number 1.
At approximately 8:15 am local time, Djokovic’s visa was confirmed to have been refused.
Djokovic has moved to a quarantine hotel as the team is appealing for the visa to be canceled.
Appeal against visa cancellation adjourned until Monday 10:00 am Australian time.

Becker – himself a former world No.1 and two-time Australian Open champion, as well as three singles titles at Wimbledon – enjoyed a successful three-year partnership with Djokovic, which included six Grand Slam wins. .

The 54-year-old has a close relationship with the Serbian, but believes their views on how best to protect themselves against the coronavirus are very different.

“On this occasion, I think he is making a big mistake by not getting the vaccine,” Becker told the Daily Mail. “He’s the one who threatens what is left of his career and his chance to cement himself as the greatest player of all time.

“Four times I have sat in his dressing room as he won the Australian Open so I am fully aware of his great strengths as an incredible competitor. I also think he has a great character that can easily be misunderstood.

“Yet those strengths can also be weaknesses. The same incredible determination that I have seen winning so many close matches can be a vulnerability with his stubbornness.”

Djokovic's defense of his Australian Open title is in doubt - we explain the current situation and how it affects the world's best tennis player

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Djokovic’s defense of his Australian Open title is in doubt – we explain the current situation and how it affects the world’s best tennis player

Djokovic’s defense of his Australian Open title is in doubt – we explain the current situation and how it affects the world’s best tennis player

Becker believes that if Djokovic maintains his hesitation about the vaccine, it could present more obstacles in his professional tennis career.

“He’s incredibly determined, with very strong beliefs. If he doesn’t, then in 10 years he’s going to come back and realize he made a mistake,” Becker said.

“It’s not just Australia. The point is, we live in a different world and it is going to be very difficult living the life of a professional tennis player traveling without a vaccine.

“These are the rules whether we like them or not.”

Nadal: Djokovic knew the risks | Parents: they crucify him

Rafael Nadal had his say on Djokovic's situation in Australia

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Rafael Nadal had his say on Djokovic’s situation in Australia

Rafael Nadal had his say on Djokovic’s situation in Australia

Djokovic has been criticized by Rafael Nadal for “not following the rules”, while the Serbian’s parents say he is a “scapegoat” and his treatment is a “political agenda”.

Nadal said: “If he wanted to, he would play without a problem.

“He’s taken his own stand and everyone is free to take their stand. But there are consequences. I don’t like the situation. In some ways, I feel sorry for him.

“But he knew the conditions months ago. He made his own decision.”

Djokovic's mother Dijana says her son is treated like a

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Djokovic’s mother Dijana says her son is treated as a “prisoner” in poor conditions at his quarantine hotel

Djokovic’s mother Dijana says her son is treated as a “prisoner” in poor conditions at his quarantine hotel

On Thursday, Djokovic’s father demonstrated in front of the National Assembly buildings, and said of his son: “He fulfilled all the conditions required for entry and participation in the tournament which he would certainly have won, since ‘this is Novak, the best tennis player and sportsman. in the world.”

Srdjan Djokovic added: “Jesus was crucified and endured a lot, but he is still alive among us. Novak is also crucified … he will endure.”

Djokovic’s Aussie Open debacle: what happened?

Djokovic flew to Australia on a “vaccine exemption” and arrived in Melbourne on Wednesday, but was ultimately refused entry into the country after nine hours at the airport.

The Serbian’s visa did not allow medical exemptions and was canceled, after which he was transferred to quarantine at the hotel as his team made an appeal – that appeal was adjourned until Monday.

What are Australia’s current entry rules?

Australia currently requires all foreign visitors entering the country to be doubly vaccinated and hold a valid and appropriate visa.

There are medical exemptions whereby some travelers can enter the country without being vaccinated, but all are screened and assessed with visas by the Australian Border Force upon the traveller’s arrival at immigration.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison also confirmed that the Australian Border Force described the federal government’s expectations to Tennis Australia in letters sent in November regarding vaccinated and unvaccinated entry, and that a recent Covid infection did not was not a valid reason.

The criteria listed by the Australian Technical Advisory Group as eligible reasons for medical exemption range from major acute medical conditions to any serious adverse event attributed to a previous dose of Covid-19 vaccine.

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