Joao Sousa: Selfish from Novak Djokovic to arrive to AO as only unvaccinated player

Portuguese tennis player Joao Sousa says he respects the fact that Novak Djokovic is fighting for his beliefs but added it’s a bit selfish from the Serb to arrive to Australia as the only unvaccinated player. 

Last Tuesday, Djokovic announced he was granted a medical exemption for the Australian Open. 

Djokovic’s visa was revoked upon his arrival to Australia but the Serb appealed and the judge reinstated his decision. 

“I respect that he fights for what he believes and I can be empathetic with what he is going through in Australia, but it’s a bit selfish from him to arrive here as the only player unvaccinated. It’s tough for us players to accept that,” Sousa told Bola Marela, as revealed by Jose Morgado.

“Many players — not my case — didn’t want to get vaccinated and were forced to do it to be able to play tournaments. He is finding a way around those rules.”

Djokovic won his case in court 

After Djokovic’s visa was reinstated, his father Srdjan claimed the Australian authorities “tried to pursuade Djokovic to sign his visa revocation.”

“Thank you to everyone in the world that has been fighting for the freedom of speech. Various things have happened, and it’s been difficult but he’s extremely strong mentally. He always tried to help, kept a good behaviour,” Srdjan said, per Tennis Majors.

“The last game have been played the past 5 days. Let him now play the game he’s the best in the world at. They took away his rights. They attempted to persuade him to sign his visa revocation. He refused to because there was no reason.

“He was alone with them for several hours, without a phone. He finally had his phone back and could contact his legal team who made a very good work. We respect the law and rules of every country where we go.”