“I feel all of us need to transfer on, no matter it’s, transfer on and concentrate on the cool side of beginning a slam,” two-time grand slam champion Garbine Muguruza stated throughout a media day.
“I feel all this might have been prevented, like we have all executed, by getting vaccinated, doing all of the issues we had to do to come right here in Australia.
“Everybody knew very clearly the foundations. You simply have to observe them and that is it. I do not suppose it is that troublesome.”
Muguruza, who reached the ultimate of the Australian Open in 2020, is worried the continuing controversy could have a detrimental influence on the game’s status.
Djokovic is at present being detained by Australian authorities forward of a courtroom listening to Sunday on his case to keep within the nation.
Australia’s immigration minister Alex Hawke revoked the unvaccinated tennis champion’s visa for a second time on Friday, saying his presence in Australia may lead to an “enhance in anti-vaccination sentiment” and even incite “civil unrest.”
“I do not suppose that this is able to assist the tennis world or the gamers as a result of on the finish it is slightly little bit of battle on a regular basis,” Muguruza added.
“It’s already troublesome sufficient to make the tournaments work and to make the WTA and ATP circuit occur going nation by nation to be creating all of this information, quite a bit.”
‘An unlucky scenario’
If Djokovic does handle to compete at this yr’s event, he could have the chance to win a record-breaking twenty first males’s grand slam title.
He at present shares the file with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, however the latter says the event will nonetheless be a hit even when the Serb can not play.
“I inform you one factor, it’s extremely clear that Novak Djokovic is among the greatest gamers of the historical past, indisputably,” Nadal informed reporters. “But there is no such thing as a one participant in historical past that is extra necessary than an occasion, no?
“The Australian Open is rather more necessary than any participant. If he is taking part in lastly, OK. If he is not taking part in, the Australian Open will probably be a terrific Australian Open with or with out him. That’s my standpoint.”
Defending Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka says she has been left saddened by what she has seen. “I feel it is an unlucky scenario,” she informed reporters.
“He’s such a terrific participant and it is form of unhappy that some individuals may keep in mind him on this means.
“But I additionally suppose it is up to not tennis gamers, it is up to the federal government how Australia is deciding to deal with it.”
‘It’s their guidelines’
Daniil Medvedev, ranked 2nd on this planet, spoiled Djokovic’s quest of attaining a calendar grand slam — successful all 4 majors in the identical calendar yr — in 2021 when the Russian gained the US Open remaining towards the Serb.
The pair might meet once more on this yr’s Australian Open remaining ought to each progress that far however Medvedev says the foundations of the nation should be obeyed.
“I would like to say about Novak’s scenario that we’re in Australia, it is their guidelines,” he informed reporters.
“But from what I do know, once more, if he has a legitimate exemption to be on this nation and to do what he needs, then he ought to play.
“If the exemption will not be legitimate or one thing else will not be legitimate, nicely, any nation can deny your entry.”
The Australian Open is about to start on Monday however whether or not Djokovic is within the draw stays to be determined by a courtroom.
CNN’s Jill Martin contributed reporting.