Warne weighs in on ‘shambles’ of Djokovic drama before Australian Open

Australian cricket legend Shane Warne has described the fiasco surrounding Novak Djokovic 's situation in Australia as a 'shambles' following yet another day of controversy.

Djokovic originally arrived in Melbourne last week ahead of the Australian Open, however upon arrival the world No 1 had his visa declined by border control officials.

The Serbian was then whisked off to a quarantine hotel facility in the city, before he was released on Monday after a judge overruled the initial blocking of his visa.

It then seemed Djokovic was free to compete in next week's Grand Slam, however another dramatic twist followed after Australian immigration minister Alex Hawke again blocked his visa, effectively handing him a deportation notice.

Unsurprisingly the tennis star has again appealed the decision, but will have to wait until Sunday to find out if he is successful, just a day before he is scheduled to play compatriot Miomir Kecmanovic in the first round.

The rollercoaster week for the world No 1 has no doubt captivated the sporting world, and no more so than one of Australia’s greatest ever sportsmen in Warne.

The ex-cricketer took to Twitter to have his say on the Djokovic situation – and he certainly wasn't shy about the matter.

He tweeted: "Novak is a great tennis player and one of the all-time greats. No doubt.

"But he's lied on entry forms, been out in public when he knew he had Covid and is now facing legal cases.

"He's entitled not to be jabbed, but Oz [Australia] is entitled to throw him out! Agree? #shambles".

Both tournament officials and senior Australian politicians made it clear to competitors that a vaccination against Covid would be required to enter the county, and compete in the event.

Vaccine-sceptic Djokovic however revealed he received a medical exemption to compete in the tournament, after repeatedly refusing to reveal his jab status in the months leading up to his trip down under.

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The Serbian admitted that his exemption came after recently contracting the virus – on December 16 – however it was later revealed that there was false information on his declaration form needed to enter Australia.

In a statement he said: “On the issue of my travel declaration, this was submitted by my support team on my behalf.”

He went on: "My agent sincerely apologises for the administrative mistake in ticking the incorrect box about my previous travel before coming to Australia.

"This was a human error and certainly not deliberate."

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