Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic

‘I think it’s really bad’ – Andy Murray believes Novak Djokovic fiasco is not a good look for tennis

Andy Murray feels “some information that has come out really doesn’t look good” and thinks the Novak Djokovic deportation saga is “really bad” for the sport.

20-time Slam champion Djokovic recently faced deportation after his medical exemption was deemed insufficient and his visa was cancelled.

However, World number one Djokovic had been allowed to stay in Australia with an injunction as he appealed the decision in court.

Ultimately, the court ruled in Djokovic’s favour and the Serbian great is allowed to compete for a record-breaking 21st Slam title at the upcoming Australian Open.

Three-time Slam ace Andy Murray shares a good relationship with Djokovic and hopes he is okay, but feels the situation is a bad look for the sport and has urged him to listen to the scientists.

Murray told Australian newspaper The Age, “I think everyone is shocked by it to be honest.

“I hope that Novak is okay. I know him well, and I’ve always had a good relationship with him and I hope that he’s okay.

“It’s really not good for tennis at all, and I don’t think it’s good for anyone involved. I think it’s really bad,” Murray claimed.

“[I need to] wait and hear exactly what the situation is before commenting on it further, because again I don’t think it’s fair because some of it is speculation.

“Some stuff has come out that really doesn’t look good, either. I want to hear all the facts first before giving all of my thoughts on it.”

Murray also referenced Nadal’s claims that the situation could have been avoided if Djokovic had received the Covid-19 vaccine and said “it’s not for him [Djokovic] to say what the right thing to do is, but to listen to the experts on those subjects, and I feel the same.

“I can accept that young healthy athletes [would think] if you contract coronavirus [you] are probably going to be okay. But I trust what I’m getting told by the scientists and the doctors.

“It’s not about listening to what politicians or government are telling me to do, it’s more listening to the doctors and the scientists, and the people that really know about that stuff.”

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Tim Farthing, Tennishead Editorial Director & Owner, has been a huge tennis fan his whole life. He's a tennis journalist and entrepreneur as well as playing tennis to a national standard. He also helps manage his local club and volunteers for his local tennis organisation. He's a specialist in content about the administration of professional tennis and tennis coaching for all levels.