Novak Djokovic treatment 'really not fair' says Bartoli
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Tennis star Marion Bartoli was speaking after Novak Djokovic has won an appeal against a decision by officials in Australia to refuse the World number one a visa ahead of the Australian Open. Mr Djokovic is unvaccinated against coronavirus and has been held in an immigration detention centre in Australia after arriving in the country last Thursday for the tournament. Australian authorities argued the tennis star did not have a medical exemption despite Djokovic claiming to have contracted Covid last month.
Ms Bartoli told BBC Radio 5 Live” “I am pleased for tennis, I am pleased because I thought and I think the tennis community, why they spoke about it, the conditions and the way he has been traded was really, really not fair at all for him.
“And I think that was the whole point behind what Novak was pleading today, it’s, you know, regardless the fact that we are against or for the vaccine, which is another broader conversation, I think we should have especially for Novak going further down the year.
“Because he will have to face several time those problems.
“So I think bottom line he will have to get the vaccine, but for these time for Australia, he got the visa and they flew in with all the best intention and having done all the work he should have done beforehand to give all the papers and getting all the exemption and I think it was the whole point of the judge today Anthony Kelly, just saying he could have not done anything better than what he did.”
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“And therefore based on that, I think the judgement is fair,” she added.
“I sincerely hope as you say the minister will not use that sort of single power to dismiss the judge because that will send just really the wrong message across.
“But I think still bottom line Novak will have to find a way to get vaccine because otherwise, these problems he will have to face it, way too, often for him to serene environments and to win more grand slams which is ultimately what he wants to do.”
Mr Djokovic has spoken out against mandatory vaccinations on a number of occasions.
Novak Djokovic wins appeal against cancellation of Australian visa
After the ruling, the Serb’s brother has released a short statement after the court verdict
Speaking to Serbian TV, he said: “Night without sleep for our whole family, really rough moments.
“Novak has shown that he is persistent and that he believes in his ideals.
“He won this fight for the whole world.”
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Meanwhile, Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal has spoken out about the ongoing ‘circus’ around Mr Djokovic’s visa case.
“Whether or not I agree with Djokovic on some things, justice has spoken and has said he has the right to participate in the Australian Open and I think it is the fairest decision to do so.
“I wish him the best of luck,” He told Spanish radio station Onda Cero.
Nadal joked: “On a personal level, I’d much rather he didn’t play,” before adding “everything is much better when the best can be playing.”
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