Taro Daniel gives his take on Novak Djokovic drama

Japanese tennis player Taro Daniel gave some of his thoughts on the Novak Djokovic controversy and also mentioned the deported Czech tennis player Renata Voracova.

Djokovic had his visa reinstated by the judge on Monday but Immigration Minister Alex Hawke exercised his powers to again cancel the visa of the world No. 1. 

Djokovic refused to get vaccinated as he flew to the Australian Open after being granted a medical exemption for the tournament. 

“It’s a matter of law and there are many uncertain things, but I feel like this case represents what’s happening around the world now in relation to COVID and vaccination,” Daniel told Nikkan Sports.

“It seems wise not to put your energy into meddling in health matter of others. Don’t think there is the only one to blame, and it’s not easy to make others change their behavior by complaining. Anyway it’s Voracova who is the unluckiest.”

The Djokovic drama reaches another twist 

On Friday, Immigration Minister Hawke announced his decision to revoke the visa of Djokovic. 

“Today I exercised my power under section 133C(3) of the Migration Act to cancel the visa held by Mr Novak Djokovic on health and good order grounds, on the basis that it was in the public interest to do so,” Hawke said in a statement on Friday. 

“This decision followed orders by the Federal Circuit and Family Court on 10 January 2022, quashing a prior cancellation decision on procedural fairness grounds.

“In making this decision, I carefully considered information provided to me by the Department of Home Affairs, the Australian Border For. and Mr Djokovic.

“The Morrison Government is firmly committed to protecting Australia’s borders, particularly in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I thank the officers of the Department of Horne Affairs and the Australian Border Force who work every day to serve Australia’s interests in increasingly challenging operational environments.”