Boris Becker: Novak Djokovic is not idiot, he was sure his papers were OK

Former world No. 1 Boris Becker said he can’t with certainty say who’s the bad guy in the whole Novak Djokovic story but revealed he has a few suspects. 

After Djokovic landed in Melbourne, he was detained at the Melbourne Aiport for nine hours before the Australian Border Force cancelled his visa. 

Djokovic was then transported to an immigration hotel, where he spent the next few days.

Djokovic appealed the decision and the judge reinstated the Serb’s visa on Monday. 

“I don’t know who’s the bad guy in this story,” Becker told Bild, as quoted on Sportskeeda. “But somewhere between the Australian Tennis Association (Tennis Australia), the state of Victoria and the immigration authorities, there were probably more fans of Federer or Nadal than Djokovic.”

‘Djokovic is not an idiot’

Becker made it clear Djokovic only travelled to Australia because he was sure he had the proper paperwork. 

“If the papers he received had not been okay, Novak would never have got on the plane. After all, he is not an idiot,” Becker added.

As it stands now, Djokovic should play the Australian Open but his preparation took a major hit. 

“Then he starts at below zero,” Becker noted. “He can’t prepare at the moment, he’s just sitting in the hotel room. The Australian audience will certainly not receive him very friendly either. This is a Mount Everest that he would have to climb there. But if anyone manages the impossible, it’s Djokovic.”

Also, Becker made it clear Djokovic will have to rethink a few things if he gets deported. 

“If he is sent back, Novak will have to rethink a few things. If he wants to continue his career, I strongly advise him to have a vaccination,” Becker said. “Does he want this discussion before every tournament? In any case, he cannot go on like this.”