Novak Djokovic v Australia is a grudge match for our polarised age | Barney Ronay

The saga of whether the world’s best male tennis player should compete in a grand slam tournament has somehow managed to encapsulate humanity’s divided response to Covid

First they came for the multi-millionaire tennis players with pictures of border form infractions on their Instagram page. And I did not speak out.

Actually, no, it’s not quite that. The decision to re-cancel Novak Djokovic’s visa, thereby imperilling his ability to compete at next week’s Australian Open is not an act of war on the Serbian people, or an executive order from the lizard-lords of Project Deplete The Sheeple. Or indeed anything to be celebrated with any real relish, unless the spectacle of enforced deportations rings your bell.

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