Djokovic is not an “anti-waxer”, as has been widely reported. She openly says her children get different vaccines. Generous for a guilt, he has personally donated millions of dollars to hospitals and has struggled under the burden of COVID-19 in Serbia, Spain and Italy. He set up and paid for free vaccinations at two ATP and one WTA tournament (on his property) in Belgrade, so that players and coaches, like many, could be vaccinated twice. Who knew that?
He knows from his own experience about allergies and food that, in many ways, you are what you digest. In simple words, he wants to say the final thing about what enters his body. As No. 1 in a highly competitive global game, who can blame him? So, what he actually favors.
Djokovic, on the other hand, was positive after learning, although he maintained a mask and social distance, but still had a rash. When he gave one interview after another 18 December. However, he has openly regretted and mastered that mistake and while doing so, it cannot be said to encourage non-compliance. I’ll add this. For a long time, he didn’t even want to reveal his status. This is hardly a clear position for anyone accused of being anti-waxer.
The fact is that Djokovic, a complex, holistic and deeply spiritual man, was detained at Orthodox Christmas time. He chose to go home without his “bat and ball” (actually racket) but, armed with resources unavailable to the average person, he dared to fight the government in federal court. And won.
Now he is facing another court case on a completely different basis. He could say that it was very difficult, to cut a deal, so there would be no more arrests or long-term consequences and to get out of Australia quickly. He chose to stand on his ground and take part in the fight, and was arrested again on the eve of his first-round match. I have a lot of respect for him.
I also respect that he fights for the rights of lower-ranked players for a better life. He is popular in the locker room, and since the beginning of this story, I have met many players, men and women, and especially the lower ranks, who deeply appreciate his efforts on their behalf: “We have no voice except Novak. He is our friend. ”
The Australian Open has been overwhelmed and paralyzed by this failure. Once having been the tournament director for 12 years, and knowing the huge contributions of so many, I’m not happy that it’s being ridiculed, for example, the so-called “temporary draw”. At least five players don’t know who their opponent is, and a potentially lucky defeat, and Djokovic doesn’t know if they’re playing at all. How will they prepare for some matches on Monday? This is not a good look for the tournament.
The fact is that Djokovic came to Australia with the sole aim of trying and defending his Australian Open title. Agree or disagree with him, and as unpopular as he is here, it is accepted that he has fulfilled the rules.
So he was detained for three years with the threat of immediate deportation. It could be for life, why would he ever come back?
Paul McNami has won the Australian Open doubles title twice, was the single semi-finalist and has been the tournament director for 12 years.
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