According to his coach Marian Vajda, tennis superstar Novak Djokovic will have to struggle with the events surrounding his prevented participation in the Australian Open and his expulsion from Australia for a long time.
“I still don’t understand why they did this to him. It was an unhealthy and unfair decision,” Vajda said in an interview with “sport.sk” criticizing the Australian authorities’ actions.
After days of back and forth, they had forbidden Djokovic, who had not been vaccinated against the corona virus, to remain Down Under.
An alleged medical exemption, which Djokovic’s lawyers used during the negotiations, did not come into play. The 34-year-old Serb left Australia and initially withdrew to his homeland.
“It must have been a great sorrow”
“I haven’t spoken to him since he was in Belgrade. It’s clear that this whole thing has hit him hard mentally. It’s going to hurt for quite a while and it’s going to be hard to get what happened out of his head,” he said Vajda, for whom the incidents were a “shock” according to his own statement.
The Slovak tennis coach, who shares Djokovic’s care with Goran Ivanisevic, added: “I don’t know how he dealt with it, it must have been a huge sorrow. He humbly endured all the measures, but what they did to him must have shaped him. It was a political process. Novak’s privacy was also violated, as was that of his family. It will definitely have serious consequences.”
Novak Djokovic ‘hasn’t said his last word in tennis yet’
Vajda showed no understanding for the recent speculation that Djokovic could also miss the French Open and Wimbledon because of his vaccination status: “I don’t understand why it’s important to announce this now.”
The French Open will not take place until May, according to Vajda. “The world cannot yet know how the pandemic situation will be until then.”
The 56-year-old ex-professional warned Djokovic’s competitors: “I know him very well. Novak is strong, determined and has not yet spoken his last word in tennis.”