Did Novak Djokovic really pose a health risk in Australia?
No. But the government has risked stoking fears it needs to dampen and eroded its case for a strategy change
Novak Djokovic knows how to pull off wins from tight positions. He has often been known to take a lengthy bathroom break before storming to victory. Not this time.
On Sunday, a federal court in Australia upheld the government’s decision to revoke Djokovic’s visa, ending a 10-day saga that saw him enter the country on a medical exemption from vaccination rules granted by the local state government, then be detained for violating federal visa rules, then be released after a court ruled border guards had not followed proper procedure.
But while he lost his bid to win a historic 10th Australian Open (which would have pretty much sealed his claim to be the greatest of all time in his sport), it’s not clear what the Australian government has gained here. It may well have made things harder. ..