Alexander Zverev came out to defend Novak Djokovic, amid the controversy in Australia: “It’s not fair”
“I think it’s not fair that a person comes here and can’t play. The Australian and Victorian governments should have known in advance what was going to happen.” This is how the German tennis player Alexander Zverev expressed himself about the situation of Novak Djokovic, in the run-up to the Australian Open.
Serbian friend, Zverev has been one of the few to defend him, considering that he has been treated as a scapegoat: “He is a great, a world-class superstar, someone to set an example with”, sentenced the German who, although he accepted not being so aware of the case, commented: “If it were not Novak Djokovic, number 1 in the world and winner of 20 Grand Slam titles, the drama would not have been so great.”
Djokovic’s participation is still in doubt after the Australian government again canceled his visa for having entered the country without being vaccinated against the coronavirus. The number one in the world is in custody, waiting for the Federal Court of Australia to make a final decision on the presence of the Serb in the country.
Zverev also admitted that due to the high incidence of coronavirus cases in Australia, he is limiting his outings. “I’m not going to take any chances. I want to play the tournament as well as possible”, said the 24-year-old German who will debut in the first Grand Slam of the year against his compatriot Daniel Altmaier.
Splashed by the world scandal with the number 1 ranking, which generated the most controversial preview since its first edition in 1905, the Australian Open will start tomorrow with the presence of the Serb still uncertain, the latent chance of a new record in the history of tennis and the presence of eight Argentine players.
Little sporting nuance had the prologue of the first Grand Slam of the year, which has 10 days of an incredible saga between its maximum champion with 9 titles, the Australian government and Justice which will reveal on Sunday whether Djokovic will be able to defend the crown he has held since 2019, when he faces a key court hearing to prevent his deportation from the oceanic country.
The 34-year-old Serbian arrived in Australia with the aim of setting a new record in tennis history: reaching 21 Grand Slam titles and take off from the Spaniard Rafael Nadal and the Swiss Roger Federer -absent in this edition-, with whom he shares that privilege.
Other “top ten” who will say present in Australia with firm aspirations are the Russian Daniil Medvedev (2), 2021 finalist, the German Alexander Zverev (3), the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas (4), the Russian Andrey Rublev (5), the Italian Matteo Berrettini (7), Norwegian Casper Ruud (8), Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime (9) and Polish Hubert Hurkacz (10).
Among Argentines, the greatest hopes are pinned on Diego Schwarzman, seeded thirteenth, who will seek to enter the second week of competition as happened in 2018 and 2020.