British politician Claire Fox has applauded Novak Djokovic for the way he has handled Australia’s visa saga. Djokovic was granted a special exemption to compete at the Australian Open, but he was stopped after landing in Melbourne.
In the following 10 days, Djokovic had his visa canceled twice and was unable to compete at the Australian Open after being expelled from the country. Now, Djokovic is likely to miss the US Open because US vaccine laws require foreigners to show proof of vaccination upon entering the country.
Djokovic has accepted the US Open situation in stride and Fox praises the Serb for the way he has handled the challenges. “I also thought that the way he handled what happened in Australia and the United States has been great.
It seemed to me that he was treated abysmally by Australia, where he was denied the game because of his medical condition, because of his decision on his own body not to take a proper vaccination,” Fox said, according to Sportskeeda.
“I disagree, but who cares, it’s not my body, it’s his body. But, he didn’t even complain about it. He argued his position. They keep telling him ‘why have you given up these big tournaments just for this ‘ and he says: ‘because I have principles’
What a joy, he is not only a brilliant tennis player, but he is a brilliant tennis player with principles.” This week, Djokovic confirmed that his intention is to play only where he is allowed. “I’m a professional tennis player, I don’t get into politics or anything because that doesn’t interest me,” Djokovic said.
“I have my position and I am in favor of the freedom to choose what is best for you. I respect everything and everyone, and I hope that people at least respect my decision. If I have permission, I will be there. If I do not have it, I will not be; It’s not the end of the world”
Nole surpassed Roger Federer
With his win at Wimbledon this year, Novak Djokovic surpassed Roger Federer’s record of 20 Majors and is one behind Rafael Nadal’s tally. “I am not vaccinated and I’m not planning to get vaccinated.
So the only good news I can have is them removing the mandated green vaccine card or whatever you call it to enter United States or exemption,” Novak Djokovic said. “I don’t think [an] exemption is realistically possible.
If that is a possibility, I don’t know what exemption would be about. I don’t know. I don’t have much answers there,” he added.