Djokovic, who’s an anti-vaccine advocate, had his visa cancelled upon his arrival in Australia on January 5, which was issued to him on the premise of medical exemption granted to him by Tennis Australia and Victoria State authorities.
After the cancellation, he spent 4 nights in an immigration detention resort earlier than a choose made the choice in Djokovic’s favour.
But Australia’s Immigration Minister Alex Hawke on Friday exercised his powers to cancel Djokovic’s visa on the bottom that his presence within the nation would possibly excite anti-vaccination sentiment. Djokovic is the defending Australian Open champion in males’s singles and has gained three consecutive titles since 2019.
Djokovic’s hopes of defending his Australian Open title dangle by a thread as all relies upon on the listening to within the Federal Court of Australia on Sunday morning.
If Djokovic wins the enchantment, he’ll start his on-field journey on the Australian Open towards unseeded nation-mate Miomir Kecmanovic on Monday.
Raja, in a name organised by Sony Sports Network, gave his take on the visa saga surrounding Djokovic.
“I am not the Australian government, so I don’t know my take on it. But I know it, for sure, that it’s embarrassing for tennis. I don’t know what the visa situation was. I don’t know whether he was, you know, he was obviously allowed in the country.
“All I can say is that you understand the visa is all the time topic to immigration. Every visa granted to you by each authorities is topic to immigration, and the immigration clearly has an issue. So, in principle the Australia authorities and the immigration have an issue with the tennis affiliation (Tennis Australia) and that leaves us in, you understand, in a little bit of a soup.”
The Australian Open 2022 will be missing many stalwarts such as Roger Federer and the Williams sisters, Serena and Venus.
Raja believes that the first grand slam of the year might be the start of the generational change in world tennis.
“The change is going on slowly. The change will come and it is going to be there. It will come very slowly, however the change will come. So, I do not see one specific slam, the Australian Open being the change.
“The change will gradually come like it came for everything else and we saw everyone retire slowly. So within the next three or four-five years, we will see a change. But tennis is always bigger. Wimbledon is always bigger than the player or Australian Open is always bigger than the player. We are just players. We come and go. But the tennis stays on and the and the tournaments live on and we play in those tournaments.”
The 36-yr-outdated Raja, who has been signed up as an skilled by Sony Sports alongside former tennis gamers Somdev Devvarman and Gaurav Natekar, signed off by predicting that the Australian Open will see a brand new girls’s champion, and if Djokovic will get the all-clear to play, the boys’s draw will turn out to be harder.
“I would have said a Novak Djokovic slam. But I can’t say that right now because I don’t know enough and I expect the new women’s champion from anyone not seen before. I put my little piece of advice in a new Grand Slam women’s champion, and if Novak plays, it’s tough.”
In India, the Australian Open will likely be broadcast on Sony Six, Sony Ten 2 and 4 channels in English and on Sony Ten 3 in Hindi.