Novak Djokovic: Tennis legend John McEnroe defeats Australia

John McEnroe knocked out Australia in his handling of the Novak Djokovic saga (Image: Getty/ESPN)

Tennis Legendary John McEnroe beat Australia at handling Novak Djokovic saga, describing it as an ‘absolute joke’ and ‘total ****’.

Djokovic and teammates were photographed boarding a flight to Serbia on Monday morning after his deportation from Australia was confirmed over the weekend.

The Serbian tennis player had one last attempt to stay in the country and compete at the Australian Open rejected by the referees, after the government canceled his visa citing ‘health and disorder’ good self’.

McEnroe believes the story was ‘a joke’ and said it was ‘completely regrettable’ that Djokovic was deported after receiving a medical exception to travel to Australia.

The outspoken former tennis star also praised the ‘brave’ Djokovic for risking banishment as he tried to overtake Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal to become the most successful men’s tennis player in history.

McEnroe said on ESPN: ‘[It’s an] absolute joke what happened in the last 12 days. It’s sad when it ends. I watched it happen live.

‘That’s the total number of BS. If he decides not to get vaccinated and the Australian authorities say, ‘you can’t go down there, unless you’ve been vaccinated’, then end of the story, it’s black and white.

Djokovic twice appealed the expulsion in court (Image: Reuters)

‘He decides whether he wants to do it or not. He has very strong beliefs, he has those beliefs. The guy won it nine times. It was a courageous way (to go) in a way.

‘I have to hand it over to him. I have seven majors, he has 20, the reason he has so much more than me is because he’s willing to take the risk to get there.

“You’re talking about a guy who has the potential to break the records of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal and he’s willing to go to these times,” I don’t want to get vaccinated but I’ll do whatever it takes. “. ‘

Seven-time Grand Slam champion McEnroe added: ‘Okay let’s assume he’s not going to compete but then suddenly he gets Covid and then he gets an exemption and he can compete. fight.

‘You couldn’t tell him after he flew there. That’s why people are supportive, but they still allow exemptions. You can’t do this then, it’s a joke. ‘

Djokovic is looking to defend his Australian Open title as well as eclipse Federer and Nadal on 20 Grand Slams.

The 34-year-old has also received support from Manchester United and Serbian star Nemanja Matic after he left Australia.

Sharing an image of Djokovic on Instagram, the Old Trafford star wrote: ‘Your glory and their shame will live on forever.’

Meanwhile, British tennis star Andy Murray has said that Djokovic’s story is ‘not good for anyone’.

“It’s not great for the tournament because it would have been better when all the top players were competing in the event,” said Murray.

‘Obviously there will be a lot of questions about what happened here and the situation he has been in.

Andy Murray tackled the Djokovic story (Image: Getty)

‘Novak is someone I’ve known since we were 12, he’s someone I respect and have played for. I don’t like him being in this situation and I don’t like him being detained.

‘The situation is not good for everyone. It feels like everything here went horribly last minute and that’s why it got so messy.

‘Hopefully that won’t happen at other events so another situation like this doesn’t happen. I don’t want that for Novak, I don’t want that for tennis and hopefully that’s done by now. ‘

After being banished from Djokovic, Nadal was left with only the former Australian Open champion in the men’s draw and the Spaniard entered the second round with an impressive win over Marcos Giron on Monday.

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