Tennis Union ATP: ‘Last days harmful to Djokovic, make rules clear’

Tennis association ATP has been released for the first time since Novak Djokovic set foot on Australian soil. The organization believes that the rules and communication with regard to travel should become clearer.

Djokovic was forced to sit in a detention hotel in Melbourne from Thursday through Sunday, because the Australian government had rejected his medical exemption and then revoked his visa.

The tennis player, who was not vaccinated, went to court and was equated after a hearing Monday. โ€œAll events leading up to the hearing have been damaging on all fronts, including Novaks well-being and his preparation for the Australian Open,โ€ the ATP says in a statement.

โ€œThe ATP respects all the hardships that Australian citizens have had to go through due to the coronavirus and the strict immigration policies that have been enacted.โ€

โ€œThe complications in recent days regarding the admission of players make it clear that there is a need for clarity, communication and applicability of the rules.โ€

97 percent vaccinated

The tennis organization adds that vaccination remains very important. โ€œWe do well that in the run-up to the Australian Open, 97 percent of players from the top hundred have been vaccinated.โ€

In addition to Djokovic, it is known that the American Tennys Sandgren, the global number 93, was not vaccinated. For the time being, it is unclear who the third unvaccinated tennis player out of the top hundred is.

The Australian Open will begin on Monday, January 17. Three Dutch people (Arantxa Rus, Tallon Griekspoor and Botic van de Zandschulp) are already sure of a place in the main tournament.