Andy Murray reacts to Novak Djokovic having visa cancelled again

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Andy Murray reacts to Novak Djokovic having visa cancelled again

The world number one is once again facing deportation from Australia (Picture: Getty)

Andy Murray says the saga surrounding Novak Djokovic after his Australian visa was cancelled for a second time is a bad look for all involved, though feels tennis players should ‘play their part’ by getting vaccinated.

Despite winning an appeal to remain in the country at the start of the week, Immigration Minister Alex Hawke decided to use the separate power of Australia’s Migration Act to cancel Djokovic’s visa again on ‘health and good order grounds’ and he is now facing deportation.

The world number one’s lawyers have already filed an appeal and the case has been fast-tracked, with the hearing taking place shortly, though the Serb’s hopes of defending his Australian Open title – which starts on Monday – remain in serious jeopardy.

Andy Murray reacts to Novak Djokovic having visa cancelled again

Djokovic has already launched an appeal against his deportation (Picture: Getty)

For now the 20-time Slam winner is still in the draw and remains the top seed, though Murray – who is through to the final of the Sydney Tennis Classic – says the situation has dragged on too long and suggested Djokovic is simply paying the consequences for not being vaccinated.

‘It’s not a good situation. I’m not going to sit here and start kicking Novak whilst he’s down,’ said the Brit after beating Reilly Opelka to reach his first ATP final since 2019. ‘I mean, I said it the other day, it’s not a good situation for anyone.

‘It’s unfortunate that it’s ended up in this sort of situation, and who knows? I don’t know what the process is from now. I don’t know what route he goes down, if he can appeal that and how long that takes, and can he still be out practising whilst that process is going on or still competing in the tournament?

‘I just want it obviously to get resolved. I think it could be good for everyone if that was the case.

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‘It just seems like it’s dragged on for quite a long time now and it’s not great for tennis, not great for the Australian Open, not great for Novak. Obviously a lot of people have criticised the government here, as well. It’s not been good.’

Turning to the importance of people – especially role models in sport – getting vaccinated, Murray continued: ‘My feeling is that I would encourage people to get vaccinated, but yeah, I do feel like people should be able to make their own decision. But then, in a country like Australia, you know, you need to be vaccinated to come in, need to be vaccinated to compete here and obviously most of the players have chosen to do that.

‘Pretty much all of the top 100 tennis players – I don’t know what it is on the women’s side, but I think they’ve got like 98% or something of the top 100 mens players have been vaccinated, which is positive.

Andy Murray reacts to Novak Djokovic having visa cancelled again

Murray feels tennis players should ‘play their part’ by getting vaccinated (Getty)

‘Ultimately people have to make their own choices. But there are also consequences sometimes for those decisions, as well.

‘My belief and what I have seen and read and looked at the data and everything, especially recently, in the UK anyway, is that the lady who gave me my third jab, she works in the hospital in central London, and she told me that every single person that is in ICU and on ventilators are all people that are unvaccinated.

‘So to me, it makes sense, you know, for people to go ahead and have it done. Yes, most young, sort of healthy athletes are probably going to be okay, but yeah, we’ve all got to play our part in this one, I think.’


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