Former world number one Andy Murray said Friday the Novak Djokovic saga is not good for tennis or the Australian Open, but refused to put the shoe in his rival “while he is down”. The 20-time Grand Slam winner’s visa has been canceled for the second time in another bid to evict the unvaccinated Djokovic just days before the opening of the major of the year, where he would defend his title. .
British veteran Murray, a five-time Melbourne Park finalist, said the saga had gone on too long.
“I mean, it’s not a good situation,” said the three-time Grand Slam winner after reaching his first final since 2019 at the Sydney Classic.
But he added: “I’m not going to sit here and kick Novak while he’s down.
“It just seems like it’s been going on for quite a while and not great for tennis, not great for the Australian Open, not great for Novak.”
Murray said he was not clear about what would happen next or whether the top division club could play his first-round Australian Open match against compatriot Miomir Kecmanovic next week.
“I don’t know which route he will take, if he can appeal that and how long that will take, and can he still be practicing while that process is underway or still participating in the tournament?” he said.
“Yeah, I just want it to be cleared up. I think it would be good for everyone if that was the case.”
Djokovic is an outspoken Covid-19 vaccine skeptic, which has fueled his predicament, and Murray said while people should be free to make their own decisions, he encouraged everyone to get the shot.
Murray, 34, said that when he went for his booster vaccination, the nurse at his local hospital in Britain told him that “every person who is in the intensive care unit (ICU) and on a ventilator are all people who are not are vaccinated”.
“So to me it makes sense for people to go ahead and let it be done,” Murray said.
“Most young, kind of healthy athletes will probably be fine, but we all have to play our part in this one.”
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