Mary Dejevsky said: The Independent. The world number 1 male tennis player departed for Melbourne earlier this month in hopes of defending his Australian Open title and claiming a record 21st Grand Slam win, making him the most successful men’s tennis player of all time. .
Although the Serb has not been vaccinated against Covid, a key entry requirement, he appears to believe he has obtained a medical exemption, citing that he already has the virus. But his hopes were gone. After a lengthy legal battle – in which he was held in a quarantine hotel, then released, then detained again – Djokovic was deported from Australia this week, a process that comes with an automatic three-year re-entry ban.
Oliver Brown says in Daily telegram. There was “cold fury” among his supporters, but most Australians were pleased: in one poll, 83% said they wanted him removed. Djokovic has brought a lot of trouble for himself. The revelation that he broke isolation rules last month while taking part in a photo session in Belgrade while intentionally being positive for Covid did not help his cause in Melbourne, nor did he. there is news that his agent entered wrong details on his travel declaration.
But Australian authorities are also not clear on this story. His removal was a “transparent political move”, justified under the false pretext that “his mere presence could spark anti-vaccination sentiment”. The reality, of course, is that Djokovic’s presence poses no risk to Australia.
He clearly does not intend to initiate the “revolution among the unvaccinated the masses”, says Martin Samuel in Daily mail. As a prominent vaccine dissident, however, he has a symbolic power that doesn’t help fuel the “collective effort” needed to deal with Covid.
Djokovic “may want to think about his choice not to vaccinate,” Stuart Fraser said in Time, because his stance means he risks missing out on other tournaments and losing his No. The US competitions in Indian Wells and Miami in March will likely be unrestricted.
He is still likely to end his career statistically as the greatest male player ever: current he is on par with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal over 20 Gram Slam titles and at 34, younger than both. “But there’s no doubt his legacy has been marred by this affair, and he certainly won’t be able to win in the subjective popularity competition between the ‘big three’.”
https://www.theweek.co.uk/news/sport/tennis/955472/novak-djokovic-a-poster-boy-for-anti-vaxxers Novak Djokovic: The poster boy for the antis?