Novak Djokovic has been “happy and grateful” for the judge’s decision to revoke the cancellation of his entry visa to Australia, after the Serbian tennis player has been held in a Melbourne hotel, and “concentrated” on “playing” the ‘Grand Slam’ that begins next January 17. Since the controversy broke out, tennis fans in particular and the world in general have been divided among those who defend that the player must be vaccinated against the coronavirus to be able to play the tournament, since it is a rule imposed by the Australian government, and those who support their “freedom” and their “right to compete” despite disobeying the regulations against the disease of covid-19.
“I’m still focused on that. I flew here to play one of the biggest events we have in front of its amazing fans. For now I can not say more, but thank you all for being with me in all this and encouraging me to stay strong, “he concluded. One of its defenders has been the British politician Nigel Farage, former UKIP leader and MEP, who has repeatedly shown his support for the Serb on social media. “If they can do this to the world’s number one tennis player, just think what they could do to you”said one of his messages. A statement with a lot of controversy and to which another of the best tennis players of recent times, Andy Murray, responded.
Please record the awkward moment when you tell them you’ve spent most of your career campaigning to have people from Eastern Europe deported.😉 https://t.co/rfFn1hdXlu
– Andy Murray (@andy_murray) January 9, 2022
The UK player was very critical of the politician, asking him to “record the uncomfortable moment in which you tell them that you have passed most of your career campaigning to deport people from Eastern Europe ”, based on your ideology. Farage had to answer, assuring that “it is evident that you do not understand the politics or the Brexit campaign, but you are full of prejudices. Concentrate on tennis and, one piece of advice, smile every now and then. ” The tennis player answered him again, this time, with the smiley of a fish.
A known eurosceptic since the early 1990s, Farage founded UKIP in 1993 and left the party in 2018, taking refuge in the fact that he had achieved “the objective of removing the United Kingdom from the European Union.” A very controversial politician who has been labeled “populist” on numerous occasions. In 2015, he declared that he had “a slight preference for immigrants from countries like India or Australia compared to those from Eastern Europe ”. Murray was not the only one who reminded him of this, as actor and writer David Schneider also taunted the politician by reminding him of a tweet of his from 2016 in which he argued that the United Kingdom should have an Australian-style immigration system.
Like other people in the tennis world such as Rafa Nadal, Andy Murray also took a position on the player’s case, in which he assured that “this is not good for anyone” and only asked “that Djokovic is fine.” “I do not have all the information I would like, the truth is I have not spoken with Novak in a long time and new news emerges every day. There is a lot of speculation ”, commented the first Briton to win the gold medal in the tennis singles of the Olympic Games in words collected by TheAge.
This Monday, the world’s number one won the appeal against the decision to deny him a visa for medical exemption – arguing that, despite not having been vaccinated against the coronavirus, he overcame it in December. The Balkan was released after being held in a Melbourne hotel since Thursday and will be able to play the Australian Open, the first ‘Grand Slam’ of the season.