Novak Djokovic opens on similarity between Australia saga, Wimbledon ban

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic says he feels for Russian players who won’t have a chance to compete at Wimbledon this year. 

In early January, Djokovic announced on Instagram that he was granted a medical exemption to compete in Australia. 

When Djokovic landed in Australia, he was met by the Australian Border Force and placed in detention after his visa was revoked. 

Djokovic got his visa back but it was again revoked after Immigration Minister Alex Hawke exercised his powers.

Djokovic was deported and didn’t get a chance to compete for his fourth consecutive Australian Open title. 

Now, Djokovic says he feels for Russian players that won’t have a chance to compete at Wimbledon. 

Djokovic has made it clear that he feels the decision Wimbledon made was “wrong.”

“It’s not the same thing, but going through something similar earlier this year for myself, it’s frustrating knowing that you’re not able to play. I still stand by my position that I don’t support the (Wimbledon) decision. I think it’s just not fair, it’s not right,” Djokovic said, per Reem Abulleil.

Djokovic defended Russian players in Belgrade

On the same day Wimbledon announced player ban for Russian and Belarusian players, Djokovic made it clear he was not a supporter of their decision. 

Djokovic explained that he is a child of war and that he will never support the war of any kind of violence in this world.

However, Djokovic stated that preventing athletes that have no control over what is happening in Ukraine was wrong. 

The Wimbledon decision means some of the biggest names of the game won’t be playing at The All England Club this year.

On the men’s side, there won’t be Daniil Medvedev, Andrey Rublev and Karen Khachanov. 

On the women’s side, Aryna Sabalenka, Victoria Azarenka, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Daria Kasatkina are all set to miss Wimbledon.