Novak Djokovic has had his disappointment from the last Australian Open in his throat for a long time. Last January, Serbia traveled to the island of Oceania to compete in the Grand Slam. World No. 1 first benefited by being exempted from the tournament organizers for not being vaccinated against Kovit-19. But, the Australian government did not ask for it. Health restrictions in Australia are actually very strict. Foreign travelers should be vaccinated specifically to travel to the country. As a result, the issue changed dramatically as Australian Immigration Minister Alex Hawk decided to cancel Novak Djokovic’s visa. The latter was later expelled from Australia, thus preventing him from defending his title.
In the package Tennis Channel, Novak Djokovic returns to his tough Australian experience. First, the Serbian tried to accept the message: “When I saw myself outside of Australia, I thought to myself how it was. What happened happened. I am making progress.“But the 34-year-old says he had a hard time getting up from this episode:”Unfortunately, I quickly realized the emotional and mental traces of what had happened there. Eventually, I started to come out a little bit over the last few weeks. Turning it into fuel, positive energy is not so easy. I had never encountered situations like this before in my life.“
Novak Djokovic revealed that this has affected his game as well.I feel like I have experienced different kinds of things that are a part of my life that I can relate to. However, there was something completely unexpected. So it weighed me more mentally and emotionally than physically. When I officially started playing I felt a little more nervous than usual and was defensive. It took me a while to heal.“
The world No. 1 player is currently playing in the Masters 1000 in Madrid, where he will face Hubert Hurcocks in the quarterfinals this Friday, May 6th. Kovit-19 has not yet been vaccinated, and Novak Djokovic will still be able to take part in the Roland-Garros match from May 16 to June 5 because the vaccination pass is still suspended in France.
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