In the midst of the Australian Open controversy, Boris Johnson teases Novak Djokovic with a Wimbledon hint.
THE PRIME MINISTER has spoken out on Novak Djokovic’s case.
If Novak Djokovic wants to play at Wimbledon later this year, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has hinted that he may need to get vaccinated against Covid-19.
The world No. 1 has made headlines around the world this week because he was initially denied entry to Melbourne ahead of the Australian Open, causing widespread outrage.
Djokovic was held in a hotel and appeared to be on the verge of deportation after his visa was revoked, with Border Control not satisfied with his explanation for why he was given a vaccine exemption before entering the country.
However, after an appeal, the decision was reversed, and the Serb now appears to have a chance to compete in the tournament.
Nonetheless, there will be much debate over whether he will be allowed to compete in other similar events, with the French Open in May in particular in doubt following new rules set by their president, Emmanuel Macron, requiring all athletes to be vaccinated.
After the French Open, all eyes will be on Wimbledon, and Johnson was asked on Monday if Djokovic would be banned from the prestigious event.
“Look, I think it’s important for the Australian authorities to make their own decisions,” he said, a little cryptically.
“All I have to say about Novak Djokovic, who I have actually played tennis against – he’s quite good – is that I believe in vaccination and think it’s a wonderful thing to do.”
“I believe that everyone should support a program that allows this country to have the most open economy in Europe while also protecting people all over the country, as it has massive benefits.”
Djokovic finally spoke out about the saga on Monday afternoon, when he was photographed on a tennis court, having returned to action after his forced hotel detention.
“I’m pleased and grateful that the Judge overturned my visa cancellation,” he wrote on Twitter.
Regardless of what has occurred, I intend to remain in Australia and compete in the @AustralianOpen.
“That’s what I’m concentrating on.”
I traveled here to perform at one of our most important events in front of our adoring fans.
“I can’t say much more right now, but I want to thank everyone for sticking by me.
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