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“With Federer & Nadal being hugely popular, people are willing to paint Novak Djokovic as the black sheep” – says Mats Wilander on Serb’s visa fiasco

Mats Wilander believes that Novak Djokovic’s visa fiasco in Australia can tarnish the Serb’s public image, which was already very fragile.

Novak Djokovic’s visa to enter Australia was cancelled a few hours after he came in Melbourne with a medical exemption. He failed to provide an evidence to support his exemption which thus lead to the cancellation of his visa by Australian Border Forces.

Djokovic’s lawyers had secured a hearing for Monday, challenging the cancellation. Their claim is that their client contracted COVID-19 recently and was also given permission to enter Australia quarantine-free.

But unfortunately for the Serb, prior infection has not been considered as a valid reason for unvaccinated individuals such as himself to enter the country.