Former World No. 1 Mats Wilander commented on the Novak Djokovic situation, saying that the whole ordeal was very shocking to him.
Two weeks of confrontations over vaccination and travel issues between Djokovic and the Australian government resulted in the Serbian getting his visa revoked and deported. It also came with a ban from the country, which means he can forget about attending the Australian Open in the immediate future.
With the situation being against the Serbian at the moment, he will have to wait to win his record-breaking 21st Grand Slam. He will also not defend his title in Melbourne.
The former World No. 1 commented on the Djokovic situation, saying that it was a complete farce from start to finish.
“The judge has to realise that maybe he is changing the history of our sport – but what can you do?” Wilander told Eurosport, as quoted by Tennis World USA.
“I cannot imagine the state of mind Novak must be in right now, plus it’s by far his most favourite tournament – one he has won nine times – he’s chasing 21 Grand Slams and this was his big chance to go ahead of Roger (Federer) and Rafa (Nadal).”
“I’m surprised and I’m shocked,” Wilander continued.
“I’m a little bit exhausted as well because we have been hearing about this for a week. I give Novak a lot of credit for trying, but at the same time he knew there might be the possibility that with the rules you have to be vaccinated.
“But you also have to think about the other players – they have been asked about this for the whole time they have been in Australia.
“But the big thing for me, the best tennis players in the world, they are globally famous people and this has really been one of the biggest stories this year,” he concluded.