Andy Murray says he is horrified by Novak Djokovic’s struggle to enter Australia and says “it’s not really good for tennis at all.”
Djokovic was denied entry to the Australian Open due to vaccination rules and is now appealing the deportation.
The world number one is currently in the immigration detention center.
“I think everyone is shocked,” said Murray, who will also play in the tournament, which begins on January 17.
“I’ll say two things now. The first thing is that I hope Novak is okay. I know him well, I’ve always had a good relationship with him, and I hope he’s okay.”
“Second thing: 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.”
Djokovic’s trial will begin at 10:00 local time (Sunday 23:00 GMT) after the Australian government proposed postponing his appeal against deportation. was refused.
Brit Murray’s comment comes after Australian player Nick Kyrgios said his country acted “really badly” in the dispute.
But Rafael Nadal told Djokovic could play “no problems” if he wanted to.
Australian rules on pandemic borders prohibit foreigners from entering the country unless they have been vaccinated twice or have a medical exemption from stabbing.
Although foreigners can fly to Australia for a visa that is applied for online, they must go through an immigration customs procedure upon arrival at the airport.
Djokovic – who said he was against vaccinations – was initially granted a medical exemption to play at the Australian Open, which caused outrage among many people living in the country under strict Covid rules.
When the 34-year-old arrived in Melbourne, the Australian federal government revoked his visa. Djokovic’s lawyers are now appealing that he meets the criteria for a vaccine exemption due to a recent coronavirus infection.
Lawyers say it was confirmed by a PCR test on December 16, but the Australian government insists that only residents are eligible for this exemption.
Photos on Djokovic’s social networks It seems to show how the player is taking part in events in Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, around the time of his positive test.
Pending a final decision, Djokovic’s lawyers have asked that he be transferred from the immigration detention hotel where he is being held to a “more suitable place of custody” that would allow him to train before the Australian Open.