Henman unhappy with Djokovic scandal – “It was a shambles and very disappointing”

Retired tennis player Tim Henman revealed he was unhappy with the Novak Djokovic scandal, saying that it was embarrassing for all.

Djokovic ended up missing the Australian Open due to him not being vaccinated. After bags of controversy, blame games and even a legal battle, he was deported from Australia and banned from the country.

It marked the end of a complete fiasco regarding the World No. 1’s participation in the Australian Open. His final appeal was also rejected, meaning he will have to wait for his 21st Grand Slam win.

Henman revealed that he was unhappy with the Djokovic scandal, saying that it was a disgrace from start to finish.

“Unfortunately, when you reflect on the Djokovic fiasco, it was a shambles and very disappointing that it got to that stage of getting into Australia and then being in a quarantine hotel for four days, getting out and then finally being deported,” he said, as quoted by Tennis World USA.

“There were no winners. It was not good for Tennis Australia, and I do not think it reflected well on the government. Obviously, with Djokovic not able to play the Australian Open, it’s disappointing for the event, the fans and Djokovic himself. Fingers crossed that we do not have to witness something like that in the future.

'Novak Djokovic fiasco turned into chaos and disappointment,' says Tim Henman
Djokovic (pictured) was surrounded by controversy. Source: tennisworldusa.org

What next?

“For me, the question mark moving forward is – what does Djokovic do next?” he continued.  

“It would be challenging for him to move forward with his professional career if he’s not double vaccinated – it would seem he will be very limited in the countries he can get into.

“I’m very interested to see what he does next, and I would emphasize that it’s his prerogative. Whether an individual wants to get vaccinated or not is a personal decision.

“Still, as a tennis fan and seeing what Djokovic has achieved, I very much hope we see him back competing soon,” he concluded.

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