Novak Djokovic news: Andy Murray admits ‘there are consequences’, but felt uneasy with Australia debacle
It is not great for tennis if Novak Djokovic is unable to compete at the Grand Slams, but there are consequences to his decision not to get inoculated against Covid-19, says Andy Murray.
Djokovic was unable to defend his Australian Open title after he was deported from the country over his vaccination stance with the Australian Immigration Minister Alex Hawke cancelling his visa for a second time on “health and good order grounds”.
There are still doubts over his appearances at the French Open and US Open, but Wimbledon officials did indicate that he will be allowed to participate despite his stance.
Djokovic made his return to competitive action at the Dubai Tennis Championships on Monday as the tournament does not have a mandatory vaccination policy.
Murray, who is also playing in the Middle East, was asked for his thoughts on the situation and replied: “I’ve not seen him here. We exchanged a few messages while he was in Australia.
“I don’t agree with his decision. It would be a lot easier for him if he were to get vaccinated.
“But I also didn’t like seeing him in the situation that he was in Australia as someone that I respect, have known since I was a child.
“There are consequences to the decisions he’s made just now. He obviously has to accept that. But I don’t think it’s great for tennis if our best player is not competing in the major events.
“It would be better for tennis if he were playing all of the major events.”
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