Novak Djokovic enjoyed the year 2021 season bagging three Grand Slams, the Australian Open, French Open and the Wimbledon trophy, know his latest news ahead of 2022 AO
After an outstanding season, what happened with the Serbian that he got into this controversy?
Let’s have a look at this top player’s professional and personal life controversies.
Novak Djokovic Australian Open 2022 Latest News: From Getting Exemption To Being Detained And Allowed
The top-seeded tennis payer has deteriorated in a Melbourne detention centre since the player announced his exemption from the Australian Open tournament on his social media handle after which his Australian visa got cancelled.
This pressure came following Acting Victorian Premier Jacinta Allen disclosed that Team Australia didn’t inform the government about Australia Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s government letters. The letter asserted that a prior COVID vaccination would not be accepted as a legal exemption.
The player did not inform about his vaccination status all over the year while amd kept it secret. It was not sure if the Serb will participate in the first Grand Slam of the year after it aas told only vaccinated players can take part in the tournament.
Many players came in limelight for speaking against the mandatory status of vaccination at the opening Grand Slam of the year. Other than Novak was Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas. The player spoke something that was not in favour of vaccination and was then criticised by the government after which he changed his mind and got vaccinated.
“I don’t promote vaccination, but I’m not even against it. I support anyone who wants to do it. I am not a doctor, I am an athlete and my outlook may not be the best when it comes to medicine. I will be vaccinated this year.
I do it to have a normal life,” Tsitsipas told Greek TV ANT1.
He also spoke for Djokovic and said that he respects his choice to keep his vaccination status private. “It is his choice, I respect it. Everyone has the freedom to decide. I will go to Australia,” Tsitsipas told Sky Sport.
The Greek player is now vaccinated but the Serbian who is in hope of defending his title at the Australian Open has been facing a lot of criticism and is being deported in case he loses a court appeal that is planned for Monday.
According to the rules to participate in the Australian Open that is scheduled to commence from January 17, the players should be vaccinated against COVID-19 or have a medical exemption, assessed by an independent panel of experts.
It was a subject of speculation if the 20 times Grand Slam winner will appear at the 2022 Australian Open after he had the absolutely remarkable year of 2021. Novak, who is eyeing to defend his 21st Grand Slam that will make him become the player with most Grand Slams in men’s history, confirmed on January 4th through his official media handle that he is going to participate at the tournament. “I’m heading Down Under with an exemption permission Let’s go 2022,” the player wrote.
Since the announcement by the Nine-time Australian Open winner, he caught into this controversy.
Meanwhile, the tournament chief Craig Tiley told that Novak got no special favours, “There’s been no special favour. There’s been no special opportunity granted to Novak,” Tiley said.
On the other hand, Stephen Parnis, a former Australian Medical Association vice-president said something that would not please the Serb. “I don’t care how good a tennis player he is. If he’s refusing to get vaccinated, he shouldn’t be allowed in,” he said on Twitter.
Novak Djokovic has since been allowed to enter Australia with him set to compete in the Australian Open with a medical exemption after a judge overruled the order of the Border Security forces.
Novak Djokovic has 20 Grand Slams that ties him with Swiss Roger Federer and Spaniard Rafael Nadal. Nadal has already started his tournament preparations, let’s see who overtakes winning the Grand Slam at Melbourne.
Novak Djokovic Past Controversies
Controversial Statement On Mandatory Vaccination
Novak Djokovic was outraged by his controversial statement on Vaccination. His father Srdjan Djokovic had told earlier as reported by The Guardian that the Serb was unlikely to participate at the Australian Open if the rules on the vaccinations are not relaxed.
During a live interaction on Facebook, Djokovic had revealed that he “wouldn’t want to be forced by someone to take a vaccine” to participate in tournaments.
Hero of Anti-Vaccine activists
Although the top-seeded player explained about his “opposed to vaccination” statement that he was “no expert” and would keep an “open mind” but wanted to have “an option to choose what’s best for my body.” The Telegram groups that prompts anti-vax theories have made him their hero and icon of freedom of choice, reported BBC.
Novak Djokovic And Deepika Padukone?
Back in 2017, Novak’s former girlfriend had alleged that Bollywood diva Deepika had an affair with Djokovic. The Deccan Chronicle had reported that according to Novak’s former girlfriend, the tennis star had an affair with Deepika.
The player’s alleged ex-girlfriend Natasa Bekvalac who was linked to the Serbian from 2011-2014 while he was still dating Jelena Ristic (now his wife) said, “Novak Djokovic would be far happier dating Bollywood film star Deepika Padukone,” reported Daily Mail.
The two came into the limelight while they were spotted dining together at The Nice Guy in Los Angeles and was papped in the same car.
Novak Djokovic And Several Women
Earlier in the past few years, the player was reported to have been dating several women. He was rumoured to be with a blonde lawyer that belonged to Ukraine, Victoria and also was rumoured to have a sentimental commitment with a DJ named Lady Lee (Lidija Popovic), his partner before he married Jelena.
Hitting A Line Judge At US Open
Novak almost saw his US Open 2020 journey ending when he was disqualified during his match against Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta at the round of 16 after a female line judge was accidentally hit by the player on the throat with the ball.
“Thank God she is feeling OK,” the player said about the situation and told that he was feeling “really sad and empty.”