Former world No. 1 Boris Becker came to the defence of Novak Djokovic as he said the world No. 1 didn’t break any rules.
On Tuesday, Djokovic announced he was granted a medical exemption for the Australian Open.
Djokovic landed in Melbourne on January 5 and he was detained for nine hours at the airport before being told his visa was cancelled.
Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live, Becker said: “Novak had a medical exemption, along with five other players in the draw – he was dealing directly with the Australian Open, it was professionally done.
“He didn’t break any rules, they were allowed to play, but obviously some Australians haven’t seen their families in a year and a half or two years.
“I understand the public outcry but I want to defend Djokovic a little bit because he wouldn’t have flown without an exemption.”
Djokovic appealed the decision
Djokovic will stay in Melbourne until the court makes its decision on his case.
Even Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic got involved as he tried to help Djokovic.
“I told our Novak that the whole of Serbia is with him and that our bodies are doing everything to see that the harassment of the world’s best tennis player is brought to an end immediately,” Vucic said in an Instagram post.
“In line with all norms of international law, Serbia will fight for Novak, truth and justice.
“Novak is strong, as we all know.”
Meanwhile, Djokovic’s father Srdjan was unhappy with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
“The leader of that faraway land, Scott Morrison… Dared to attack Novak and expel him before he had reached their country. They had wanted to throw him to his knees, and not just him, but our beautiful Serbia,” Djokovic’s father said.
It remains to be seen if Djokovic will get a chance to battle for a 10th Australian Open title.