Novak Djokovic’s season will officially begin in Dubai, as the Serbian was unable to defend his title at the Australian Open. The number 1 in the world was expelled from the country for the well-known events, as well as having suffered serious damage to his image.
Despite having won the first appeal before Judge Anthony Kelly, the 34-year-old from Belgrade was ‘struck’ by the discretion exercised by the Minister of Immigration Alex Hawke. The latter has in fact decided to revoke his visa for reasons of public order.
Within days, the 20-time Grand Slam champion is expected to meet with the press to explain his side of the story. Nole’s choice not to get vaccinated could affect his entire season, given the recent news from France and the United States.
Djokovic risks not being able to participate even in Roland Garros, where Rafael Nadal will go hunting for his 22nd Grand Slam. By winning the Australian Open, the Spaniard overtook Federer and Djokovic in the all-time rankings of the Majors.
In a long interview with the ‘Tennis365’ portal, former British number 1 Andrew Castle analyzed Djokovic’s prospects in detail.