American tennis player Tennys Sandgren absolutely thinks Novak Djokovic has been treated unfairly in Australia and he stated that Australia shouldn’t host a Grand Slam at the moment.
The Australian Border Force cancelled Djokovic’s visa but the Serb appealed the decision and won his appeal in court.
However, the Djokovic visa situation still isn’t over as Immigration Minister Alex Hawke could use his powers to revoke the visa of the world No. 1.
“If Djokovic is deported after the judge reinstated his visa, it is clear that it is political. I don’t think Australia should host a Grand Slam tournament at the moment. What is the current risk Novak Djokovic poses for public health? Why should we be scared of Novak? Let him play,” Sandgren said during his appearance on Rumble, as quoted on Sport Klub.
Sandgren set to miss the Australian Open
Sandgren, a two-time Australian Open quarterfinalist, decided against playing the Australian Open because of their vaccine mandate.
“I haven’t lost a moment of sleep over it, I feel it is a potentially slippery slope that we are going down, and we are being forced to take things we don’t want to take,” Sandgren told Sky News. “I am resolute and sticking with what I believe in, even if it hurts my career.
“Maybe this thing calms down in a year – that’s kind of what I am hoping, my plan is to play in the States until the US Open…one slam is better than none.”
After getting his visa back, Djokovic shared a message to his fans.
“I am pleased and grateful that the Judge overturned my visa cancellation. Despite all that has happened in the past week, I want to stay and to try to compete at the Australian Open. I remain focused on that. I flew here to play at one of the most important events we have in front of the amazing fans. For now I cannot say more but THANK YOU for standing with me through all this and encouraging me to stay strong,” Djokovic said in an Instagrma post.