Tennis legend John McEnroe has let go of the Australian government for his decision to deport world No. 1 Novak Djokovic on the eve of the tournament.
McEnroe, a seven-time Grand Slam winner, described the situation as “sad” when he questioned the decision to give Djokovic the boot.
“(It’s an) absolute joke what’s been going on for the last 12 days,” he told ESPN. “It’s sad the way it ended. I saw it play live.
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“I watched Saturday Night Live … the guy who plays Joe Biden said ‘I want to know what the hell is going on with Novak Djokovic’.
“It’s about two hours before they decide to deport him.”
The outspoken American then revealed that he had sent a text message to Djokovic during the ordeal, describing the reigning champion’s attempt to enter Australia unvaccinated as “brave”.
“It’s totally BS. If he decides not to get a vaccine and the Australian authorities say ‘you can’t go there unless you’ve been vaccinated, the end of the story, it’s black or white,’ he said.
“He decides whether he wants to do it or not. He has very strong beliefs, he is entitled to that belief.
“The guys won it nine times. It was brave (to go) that way. I have to give it to him. I have seven majors, he has 20, the reason he has a lot more than me is because he is willing to risk it, to go down there.
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“You’re talking about a guy who was potentially beating Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal’s record and that he was willing to go to those lengths: ‘I do not want to be vaccinated, but I want to do what it takes. ‘. “
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McEnroe’s attack on the Australian government did not stop there either.
“OK, let’s assume he should not play, but then he suddenly got COVID, and then he got a dispensation, and he can play. You can not tell him after he has flown all the way there,” he said. he.
“The government… the idea that the government and these people were not in cahoots with each other. I’m sorry. I do not support it. They all knew what was going on.
“That’s why people are up in arms, but nonetheless, they’ve given this dispensation. You can not do this after that, it’s a joke.”
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