Todd Woodbridge: Visa uncertainty visibly taking toll on Novak Djokovic

Australian tennis legend Todd Woodbridge spent some with Novak Djokovic on Thursday and revealed he noticed the whole visa drama is visibly taking a toll on the world No. 1. 

Djokovic’s visa was cancelled by the Australian Border Force but the Serb got his visa back after winning his appeal in court. 

However, the Djokovic visa drama is not over yet as Immigration Minister Alex Hawke could use his powers to cancel the visa of the world No. 1. 

“He is still very aware that he may not get to the starting blocks. It’s very, very visible that it’s taking a toll on him.”

“He said, ‘I like a challenge, and this is just going to be another challenge’. You’ve got to think that when he goes into his matches, the energy that he’s spent even before he hits round one is enormous.”

Djokovic’s mother ‘very worried’

“I am very worried, but I don’t what to think like that. I just hope that it will stay like this: that he will be free and he will play,” Dijana Djokovic said.

After Djokovic won his appeal, his mother described it as the “biggest victory” of the 34-year-old’s career. 

“We celebrate the victory of our son, who has done nothing wrong, has not broken any law and has been harassed. He fought vs. the system because he knows he had a valid visa,” Dijana said, per Tennis Majors. 

“It was so difficult at some moments. At some point he didn’t have his mobile phone, we didn’t know if he was ill or so. Every mother in the word can understand what I mean. 

“He couldn’t see the people dancing and singing but he could hear them and it helped him. It’s the biggest win of his career, bigger than any Grand Slam.”

Djokovic is a record nine-time Australian Open champion and he has won the tournament’s last three editions.