‘If you wish to play skilled tennis, you NEED to get vaccinated’: Tim Henman insists ‘selections have penalties’ after Novak Djokovic was deported from Australia – and provides that visa saga has been a ‘dangerous search for EVERYONE’

  • Novak Djokovic misplaced his late enchantment to remain in Australia and has left the nation 
  • The world No 1’s visa saga has overshadowed the build-up to the Australian Open
  • Former British No 1 Tim Henman says the gray areas ought to have been sorted out ‘lengthy earlier than Djokovic arrived at border management in Melbourne’  
  • Henman added that in an effort to play skilled tennis now, given the worldwide travelling concerned, ‘it’s good to get vaccinated’

Tim Henman echoed Rafael Nadal’s sentiment of ‘selections have penalties’ when requested concerning the Novak Djokovic visa row which resulted within the Serb being deported from Australia on Sunday. 

The world No 1 was set to begin the defence of his Australian Open title – and pursuit of a record-breaking twenty first Grand Slam – on Monday however after the 34-year-old appealed the cancellation of his visa for a second time, three judges unanimously determined the star’s visa cancellation was authorized.

While Djokovic was on the following aircraft dwelling, former British No 1 Henman insisted that with the year-round travelling related to life as knowledgeable tennis participant, it has develop into a actuality that ‘it’s good to get vaccinated’.  

Former British No 1 Tim Henman echoed Rafael Nadal's sentiment of 'decisions have consequences' when asked about the Novak Djokovic visa row on Sunday

The Serb appealed the cancellation of his visa for a second time, but three judges unanimously decided the star's visa cancellation was legal

Former British No 1 Tim Henman echoed Rafael Nadal’s sentiment of ‘selections have penalties’ when requested concerning the Novak Djokovic visa row on Sunday 

Djokovic (right), on the eve of the Australian Open starting, is now on his way back home

Djokovic (proper), on the eve of the Australian Open beginning, is now on his manner again dwelling

‘It has been a nasty search for everybody, whether or not that is been Tennis Australia, the Victorian state or the Australian authorities,’ Henman advised Sportsmail.  

‘The one level I might make is that to be knowledgeable tennis participant, there are specific issues it’s good to do. Travelling is certainly one of them, when you do not prefer it, skilled tennis goes to be tough. 

‘The fact is wanting on the vaccination, if you wish to play skilled tennis, it is a world sport, it’s good to get vaccinated. 

‘I completely respect that any human being has alternative. If they do not wish to get vaccinated, I respect that – that’s there alternative. Nevertheless, as I feel Rafael Nadal eloquently put: selections have penalties. 

‘If you take a look at the lifetime of knowledgeable tennis participant, once you’re travelling around the globe, it might be much more simple if you’re vaccinated.’ 

The Serbian star had his visa revoked again on Friday amid public anger in Australia

The Serbian star had his visa revoked once more on Friday amid public anger in Australia

A saga which began on January 4 when Djokovic revealed he was travelling Down Below because of being granted a ‘medical exemption’ to play on the Australian Open, ended 12 days later with the nine-time champion on his manner dwelling following a narrative which made headlines worldwide. 

The un-jabbed Serb mentioned in an announcement he was ‘extraordinarily disenchanted’ with the Court docket’s ruling and after the defending champion hung out in a detention centre for refugees in Melbourne amid protests exterior, AELTC board member Henman famous that the Australian authorities didn’t deal with the state of affairs properly. 

‘All these gray areas may’ve and may’ve sorted out lengthy earlier than he truly arrived at border management in Melbourne,’ Henman, who’s working for Eurosport on the Australian Open, added. 

The world No 1 had been practicing this week, but he will now not participate in Melbourne

The world No 1 had been practising this week, however he’ll no longer take part in Melbourne

‘That is the place all of this might have been averted. That is the disappointing component for everybody.

‘For the Australian Open, happening within the Victoria state within the nation of Australia – after which Djokovic along with his unvaccinated standing – these our bodies wanted to speak quite a bit higher to grasp how issues had been going to play out earlier than it received to this stage.  

‘It isn’t whether or not you are one of the best tennis participant on this planet, when you’re very well-known or very rich, these are the principles for Australia. I do not suppose the federal government appear to have dealt with it very properly. 

‘From my viewpoint as a tennis fan, I wish to actually draw a line below it as a result of there’s been so many nice tales from the primary few weeks of the season and you have a Grand Slam developing, one of many cornerstones of our sport, and I need the tennis to do the speaking now, that is for positive.’  


Novak Djokovic’s defence of his Australian Open title stays unsure after Australian immigration officers cancelled his visa for the second time. 

This is how the saga has unfolded:

Jan 4: Djokovic tweets that he’s on his strategy to the Australian Open below a medical exemption. He writes on Instagram: ‘I’ve spent incredible high quality time with my family members over the break and as we speak I am heading Down Below with an exemption permission. Let’s go 2022!!’

Jan 5: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison warns Djokovic he might be on the ‘subsequent aircraft dwelling’ if his medical exemption is deemed inadequate, and is adamant Djokovic won’t obtain preferential therapy.

Jan 5: Djokovic’s visa is cancelled upon his arrival in Melbourne. The Australian Border Drive publicizes that the participant ‘failed to supply applicable proof to satisfy the entry necessities for Australia’.

Jan 6: Djokovic is distributed to the Park Resort in Melbourne after being refused a visa. He launches an enchantment, which is adjourned till 10am on January 10. Serbian president Aleksandar Vucic says Djokovic is the sufferer of ‘persecution’.

Jan 9: Djokovic’s attorneys declare he was granted a vaccine exemption to enter Australia as a result of he recorded a optimistic Covid-19 check in Serbia on December 16. Nevertheless, social media posts counsel he attended quite a few social occasions within the days following his obvious prognosis.

Jan 10: Djokovic’s visa cancellation is quashed by Decide Anthony Kelly, who orders the Australian Authorities to pay authorized prices and launch Djokovic from detention inside half-an-hour. Djokovic says he’s ‘happy and grateful’ and desires to ‘keep and attempt to compete’.

Jan 11: Djokovic’s title defence stays unsure because the Australian Immigration Minister ponders whether or not to over-ride the courtroom’s ruling, reportedly as a result of an alleged deceptive declare made by Djokovic on his entry kind regarding his actions within the 14 days previous to arrival in Australia.

Jan 12: Djokovic admits making an ‘error of judgement’ by attending an interview with a French journalist whereas Covid optimistic. He provides that, though he attended a kids’s tennis occasion the day after being examined, he didn’t obtain notification of the optimistic check till after the occasion.

Jan 13: Djokovic is drawn to face fellow Serb Miomir Kecmanovic within the first spherical.

Jan 14: Immigration minister Minister Alex Hawke cancels Djokovic’s visa for a second time, saying in an announcement it was ‘on well being and good order grounds’.

Jan 16: A panel of three judges unanimously reject Djokovic’s authorized argument towards his second visa cancellation. He now faces being instantly deported. 

Reporting by PA