AustraliaFormer world number one Andy Murray said that he would not “add fuel to the fire” of Novak Djokovic, but emphasized the role of Covid-19 vaccination.
On the afternoon of January 14, Murray defeated Reilly Opelka 6-7 (6), 6-4, 6-4 to enter the final of the ATP 250 Sydney Classic. At the same time, Australian Immigration Minister Alex Hawke revoked Djokovic’s visa. When asked about this at a post-match press conference, Murray said: “This is not cool. I am not going to sit here and add fuel to the fire. This situation is not good for anyone.”
“It’s unfortunate that it ended this way,” added the five-time Australian Open final loser. “I don’t know what the next process will be for Djokovic, what path he will choose, or how he will appeal and how long it will take. I also don’t know if Djokovic will be able to continue training or playing in Melbourne No. Of course I want things to be resolved, in the best possible way, for both sides, if possible.It’s been going on for a long time and it’s not good for tennis, for the Australian Open or for Djokovic. who have also criticized the Australian government.”
Djokovic has not been vaccinated against Covid-19, and came to Australia as an exempted person due to being positive for nCoV on December 16. He was granted an exemption by the Australian Tennis Federation, and the state of Victoria – where the tournament is held – approved. But, the Australian federal government does not recognize the legitimacy of this waiver. Previously, two tennis players who fell into the same situation as Djokovic were expelled from Australia.
When asked again about Djokovic’s lack of vaccination, Murray expressed anger and used his head to hit the microphone. But then he still replied: “Each person has the right to make his or her own decision. But sometimes such decisions have consequences. From what I read and study the data, I believe in vaccines. Especially. especially from what I heard from the woman who gave me my third shot. She works in a hospital in central London. She told me that everyone is in the intensive care unit. (ICU) or need to be on a ventilator without vaccination. I think it makes sense for everyone to get vaccinated. Of course most tennis players are young, healthy, and probably okay if we get sick. There should be responsibility in this, I think.”
Murray has won three Grand Slams and won two Olympic gold medals. He used to be number one in the world in November 2016, but the last time he ranked this position was in August 2017. Murray has struggled with injuries for many years, causing his performance to decline. Before the Sydney Classic 2022, the last time Murray reached the final of an ATP tournament was in 2019. The Scottish player is ranked 135th in the world.
At the Australian Open 2022, Murray participated in the wildcard. He will meet 21st seed Nikoloz Basilashvili in the first round.
Hoang An (follow News)