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

The N. 1 of the world Novak Djokovic has denied entry to Australia in Melbourne; the Serb had flown to Australia with a “permit of exemption” but the visa he requested did not provide for medical exemptions; Djokovic moved to quarantine at the hotel as the team appealed; appeal postponed to Monday

Last updated: 07/01/22 12:19


Boris Becker is a former coach of Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic is making a “big mistake” if he doesn’t get vaccinated against Covid-19, according to his former coach Boris Becker.

The Serbian 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 cancel the entry visa to the reigning Australian Open champion and to expel him. The appeal is expected to be heard on Monday.

Djokovic never revealed whether he is vaccinated against Covid-19, but he criticized the warrants that stipulate that players must be dubbed.

The number one in the world posted on social media before leaving for the Australian Open to say he received “exemption permit” to enter the country.

Novak Djokovic – Sequence of events

Djokovic announces that he will travel to Australia on a “permit of exemption” on Tuesday 4 January.
While Djokovic is airborne, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison says the athlete will be on the “next plane home” if he cannot provide “acceptable evidence” that his exemption is legitimate.
Acting Sports Minister Jaala Pulford points out that the local government of Victoria, where the Australian Open is held, will not support Djokovic’s visa application.
The world number one arrives at Melbourne airport at around 11:30 pm on Wednesday 5 January.
At around 3:15 am local time in Australia, Djokovic’s father reports that his son is being held in solitary confinement at Melbourne airport.
At 5am local time, Goran Ivanisevic posts a picture on social media of himself and Djokovic’s physiotherapist seemingly waiting for the world’s No. 1. The post is titled “Not the most usual trip to Australia”.
Around 8:15 am local time, Djokovic’s visa confirmed that it was denied.
Djokovic has moved to a quarantined hotel as the team appeals for visa cancellation.
The visa cancellation appeal was adjourned to Monday 10am Australian time.

Becker – himself a former world number 1 and two-time Australian Open champion, as well as winning three singles titles at Wimbledon – enjoyed a successful three-year partnership with Djokovic, which included six Grand Slam wins.

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

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

“Four times I have sat in his seat 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 be easily misunderstood.

“Yet these strengths can also be weaknesses. The same incredible determination I’ve 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 best tennis player in the world

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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 best tennis player in the world

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

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

“He’s incredibly strong-willed, with very firm beliefs. If he doesn’t, he’ll look back in 10 years and realize he’s made a mistake,” Becker said.

“It is not just Australia. The fact is that we live in a different world and it will be very difficult for him to live the life of a professional tennis player who travels without vaccination.

“These are the rules, like it or not.”

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

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

Rafael Nadal has 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 program”.

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

“He took his stand and everyone is free to take their stand. But there are consequences. I don’t like the situation. In a way, I feel sorry for him.

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

Djokovic's mother Dijana claims that her son was treated like a

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Djokovic’s mother Dijana claims her son was treated as a “prisoner” in poor condition at his quarantined hotel.

Djokovic’s mother Dijana claims her son was treated as a “prisoner” in poor condition at his quarantined hotel.

On Thursday, Djokovic’s father demonstrated in front of the National Assembly buildings and said of his son: “He met all the conditions required for entry and participation in the tournament which he would surely win, since it is Novak, the best tennis player and sportsman in the world. “

Srdjan Djokovic added: “Jesus was crucified and endured many things, 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-free” and arrived in Melbourne on Wednesday, but was ultimately denied entry to the country after nine hours at the airport.

The Serb’s visa was one that did not allow for medical exemptions and was canceled, after which he was quarantined at the hotel as his team issued an appeal – this appeal was updated on Monday.

What are Australia’s current entry rules?

Australia currently requires all foreign visitors entering the country to be vaccinated twice and to be in possession of a valid and appropriate visa.

There are medical exemptions under which some travelers may enter the country unvaccinated, but all of these are displayed and evaluated along with visas from the Australia Border Force upon the traveler’s arrival at immigration.

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

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

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