Former world No. 12 Feliciano Lopez has come to the defence of Novak Djokovic and made it clear nobody wants to see a Grand Slam without a world No. 1.
After being granted a medical exemption for the Australian Open, Djokovic landed in Melbourne on January 5.
Djokovic was detained at the airport for nine hours before he was told his visa was cancelled and to leave the country.
“Nobody wants the number 1 in the world to be left without playing a GS. Sometimes what starts badly can end worse. Australia comes out of all this very badly. What a shame,” Lopez tweeted.
Australian Prime Minister didn’t let Djokovic in
“Mr Djokovic’s visa has been cancelled. Rules are rules, especially when it comes to our borders. No one is above these rules. Our strong border policies have been critical to Australia having one of the lowest death rates in the world from COVID, we are continuing to be vigilant,” Scott Morrison tweeted.
Djokovic’s father Srdjan ripped Australian authorities, describing their decision as “shameful.”
“It’s a shameful decision. Deportation. All of us need to go out and welcome him [when he comes back]. I can’t talk to my son; they present him as a criminal. I’m lost for words for all what they have done to him,” Srdjan told Blic.
Serbian President Aleksander Vucic also got involved as he tried to help Djokovic.
“Just got off the phone with with Novak Djokovic. I told our Novak that the whole Serbia is with him, and that our authorities are taking all measures to stop the harassment of the best tennis player in the world in the shortest possible period. In accordance with all the norms of international public law, Serbia will fight for Novak Djokovic, for justice and truth. Otherwise, Novak is strong, as we all know him,” Vucic said in an Instagram post.