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According to McNamee, “if Novak was to be kicked out, the time to do this was before the draw.”
The Grand Slam draws have certainly already been revised. Andy Murray, initially seeded runner-up at the 2017 US Open, retired with a hip injury after the draw was over.
The distance between Novak Djokovic and Australia
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How it started The stalemate began when Djokovic, a vaccine skeptic, was granted a waiver that would allow him to defend his Australian Open title. Upon arrival, federal officials said he failed to meet entry requirements because he was not vaccinated and canceled his visa.
What happens next. Australian officials hinted that they might make a new attempt to cancel Djokovic’s visa despite the fact that the tennis champion, who was released from custody, returned to the court. The stalemate also heralds headwinds he may face if he tries to travel the world without a vaccination.
But in 2017 no one questioned Murray’s competition law. Djokovic finds himself in a more delicate position, in part because some of his colleagues have reluctantly agreed to be vaccinated in order to respect the Australian Open’s mandate that no player should compete without a vaccination or without the high bar for a medical exception.
Marton Fucsovics, Hungary’s top men’s player, was the first single prominent player to speak up, claiming that Djokovic should not be in Melbourne and that “there are rules outlined months ago”.
Stine, the coach, said some other players were okay with this.
“I think there is a lot of that opinion, even though people are unwilling or afraid to be too controversial and say it,” said Stine. “You have people on the other side of the coin who are obviously on his side. I certainly don’t know, none of us know exactly, exactly, but my personal feeling is that he usurped the process to get here. “
Stine said there are also concerns that Tennis Australia and Craig Tiley, the chairman of the board, went too far in their support from Djokovic, despite his application for a vaccination waiver being reviewed by an independent medical panel.
“Obviously Tennis Australia and Craig Tiley want Djokovic to play here, which is good for their event,” said Stine. “I think Craig went out of his way to help Novak in every possible way to make sure he got into the country and then in the end it looks like he was getting special treatment. And I don’t like that in our sport anyway. Nobody should receive special treatment. That’s what sport is about. “
The fact is, like many other superstars in the sport, the tennis elite receive special treatment: priority scheduling, access to main courts, and other amenities. Tiley, eager to make the Australian Open stronger, has spoken openly about the need to keep the stars happy. But he didn’t speak openly on Thursday and declined a request to answer media questions after the men’s draw was completed.