WTA legend Martina Navratilova named World No. 1 Novak Djokovic as the culprit in the Australia fiasco that recently concluded.
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. This was after he had won the first appeal in court, allowing him to play in the Australian Open.
The situation also saw the 20-time Grand Slam winner banned from the country for three years. This means that he won’t be able to defend his title or appear at Melbourne Park, an arena that has been very kind to him, in the near future.
However, Navratilova named Djokovic as the culprit in the Australia fiasco, saying that there were multiple parties at fault, but he was the main one.
Speaking on the Tennis Channel as quoted by Tennis World USA, the WTA legend said, “Novak Djokovic is on a plane as we speak, back to Europe.
“It’s just so unfortunate that we’re talking about this rather than tennis. So now that we have clarity as you said, now we can talk about tennis.
“But bottom line it goes back to – there were so many mistakes made, on so many different parts, many unforced errors but the biggest one (was) started all by Novak.”
What a joke
Lindsay Davenport agreed with Navratilova on the issue, saying that the past two years have dented the name of the Australian Open.
“We’ve had some amazing finals, we had Serena (Williams) win over her sister Venus while being pregnant. We had Roger (Federer) and Rafa’s (Nadal’s) five-set final, we’ve had some of the most historic matches. And the last two years have been absolute utter chaos,” she explained.
“From players last year getting off a plane, being told ‘oh you can’t leave your room now’ for 14 or 15 days and having no clue to this year possibly our greatest champion being detained at the airport for eight hours, then being sent to a detention jail-like hotel.
“It has been a mess and there have been as Martina said, so many mistakes from every level.”