With two days to go until the start of the Australian Open, Novak Djokovic still dominates the news. Not because of his special tennis performances in preparation for the grand slam tournament in Melbourne, but because of all the commotion surrounding his visa for Australia.
Not only to his own annoyance, but also to that of his fellow tennis players. The case overshadows the sporting aspect in the run-up to the first grand slam tournament of this year. “I’m getting a little tired of the whole situation,” Rafael Nadal said at a press conference. “It’s important to talk about our sport, about tennis.”
Andy Murray is also done with all the commotion around Djokovic: “Not good for the sport, not good for the Australian Open, not good for Novak.”
Watch the reactions of various tennis players in the video below.
It should become clear on Sunday whether or not the number one in the world can participate in the tournament or whether he still has to leave the country. Djokovic is now again in a detention center, where he is awaiting the judge’s decision.
At the press conferences held prior to the tournament in Melbourne, just about every tennis player and tennis star was asked to comment on the case. Much to the annoyance of Stefanos Tsitsipas.
“I’m here to talk about tennis, not Novak Djokovic. But I won’t lie. It has been in the news constantly for the past few weeks. This case has received a lot of attention, a lot of people are talking about it,” says the number four of the world. “That’s why I’m here to talk about tennis, because there has been too little about that in recent weeks and that is very unfortunate.”
Start of the tournament
Garbiñe Muguruza thinks it takes too long. “Now we all just want to move on and focus on the beautiful aspect of the start of a grand slam tournament.”
The Australian Open starts next Monday. In the singles, Botic van de Zandschulp, Tallon groenpoor, Arantxa Rus and surprise Arianne Hartono are participating in the tournament on behalf of the Netherlands.