Andy Murray sends Novak Djokovic message amid Australian Open visa chaos
Andy Murray has given his brutally honest opinion of Novak Djokovic's visa saga ahead of the Australian Open.
Djokovic dramatically had his visa revoked upon arrival in Australia by border control, and he is currently being detained in quarantine at the Park Hotel in Carlton, Melbourne.
Djokovic had revealed on Tuesday that he had been granted a medical exemption to participate at the Australian Open, but the decision was met with uproar.
Djokovic has not disclosed his vaccine status, leading many to suggest he has yet been jabbed – which is a mandate to enter Melbourne and compete at the first Grand Slam of the year.
But his plans took a turn for the worst when he had his visa rejected, and he could now be deported back to Serbia – awaiting the outcome of an appeal over his visa rejection which will be heard on Sunday night in the UK.
He is currently waiting patiently ahead of the big verdict, and has received support from protestors outside his quarantine hotel. But now rival Andy Murray has delivered his opinion on the saga that has gripped sporting headlines.
He said, as quoted by Australian newspaper The Age : "I think everyone is shocked by it [the circumstances], to be honest.
"I'm going to say two things on it just now. The first thing is that I hope that Novak is OK. I know him well, and I've always had a good relationship with him, and I hope that he's OK.
"The second thing I'll say on it … it's really not good for tennis at all, and I don't think it's good for anyone involved. I think it's really bad."
Murray, just a week older, went to the same training camp as Djokovic as a teenager, and the pair have contested some epic matches throughout their legendary tennis careers.
Despite concerns over his wellbeing, Murray hasn't been in contact with Djokovic amid claims the world No 1 had his phone and passport taken off him.
But he has insisted the ATP have tried communicating with him as the saga rolls onwards.
"I haven't spoken to him, but I know the ATP have tried to be in communication and contact with him. I, personally, haven't spoken to him," Murray added.
On Friday, Djokovic took to his Instagram story to make his first public comments since the chaos ensued.
"Thank you to people around the world for your continuous support," he wrote.
"I can feel it and it is greatly appreciated."
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