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Despite winning the court case on Monday, the restoration of the visa and the inclusion of the Australian Open bracket in the draw, Djokovic’s performance in the first Grand Slam tournament of the season is still in doubt. Australian Immigration Minister Alex Hawke has yet to decide whether to cancel the Serbian player’s visa for the second time.
And doubts about Djokovic’s actions are multiplying. Meanwhile, he himself admitted that he made a mistake by participating in public meetings after obtaining a positive test result, for which he may even face imprisonment in his home country. He also confirmed the fact that he had made a false declaration that he had not traveled anywhere for two weeks before his departure to Australia, although he was in Spain at that time. A tennis agent was supposed to be responsible for confirming the untruth.
As if all this was not enough, cybersecurity specialists question the reliability of Djokovic’s PCR tests, suggesting that they could have been added to the IT system at a later date.
Most followed the rules
The authorities’ representatives are silent for the time being, but former and present tennis players are more and more often taking the floor. One of them is Tsitsipas, who pointed out that Djoković seems to be “playing by his own rules”.
– One side of this coin is that we all followed the protocols to compete in Australia. We were very disciplined about it, says Tsitsipas, who fulfilled the condition of the tournament organizers, who required all participants to fully vaccinate against COVID-19.
Interestingly, the Greek in the past was, like his Serbian rival, an opponent of the vaccination obligation. However, he was aware that sooner or later he would have to submit to them in order to be able to continue competing in the biggest events.
On the other hand, I would say it looks like not everyone is playing by the rules set by Tennis Australia and the government here. A very small group of people decided to go their own way. It makes us all feel as if we are made of fools – judged the Greek tennis player.
“We see these things differently”
According to Tsitsipas, Djoković took a big risk, and his actions could harm the fight for the 21st Grand Slam title in his career. The Greek tennis player, however, did not want to unequivocally assess the behavior of his rival from the court.
– I decided to go my own way and be one hundred percent prepared for anything that may come. I don’t think about anything else. I understand it like this, Novak might understand it differently. It doesn’t mean that my way is right and his is not. We just see things differently, said the world’s fourth tennis player.
In the tournament starting on Monday, Tsitsipas will be seeded as number 4, and his first opponent will be the Swede Mikael Ymer (82nd ATP). Defending the title, Djoković met his compatriot Miomir Kecmanovic (78th ATP) in the first round.
Author: macz / po
Source: eurosport.pl, cnn.com