Tennis player Novak Djokovic has been mentally shaken after being expelled from Australia. This is what one of his coaches, Slovakian Marian Vajda said in an interview published by the sports daily “Sport” this Friday.
According to Wajda “it is clear that this (exile) affects him mentally, that it will hurt him in the long run and it will be difficult to remove (what happened) from his head”.
“However, I know my student very well. Novak is strong, determined and has yet to say his last word in tennis,” he said.
Vajda, on the other hand, also criticized the initial announcement that in order to compete in the Roland Garros (France) and Wimbledon (United Kingdom) tournaments, it would be necessary to be vaccinated against the coronavirus.
“I don’t understand why it’s important to announce about tournaments to be played in May, when the world doesn’t know what will happen next month with the pandemic. I don’t want to underestimate the situation, it’s very serious, but What’s the point of discussing it now in January? Is it still a game?”, asked Djokovic’s coach, who was not with his pupil in Melbourne.
Vajda, who has coached the Serbian tennis player since 2006, takes turns with Djokovic at world tournaments alongside Croatian Goran Ivanisevic. “Even at my home in Bratislava, I couldn’t sleep because I couldn’t believe something like this was possible,” Koch recalled of his feelings during a dispute with Australian immigration officials. , which he strongly criticized.
“It was a political process. It would certainly have significant consequences. It would be difficult to go back. It was a breach of the privacy of him and his family as well,” Wajda said.