The world No1 had the temerity to announce to the world that he was off “down under” after having had a wonderful break with loved ones over the festive season. The arrogance almost as astonishing as his backhand.
Thumbing his nose at the system, creating the impression that the rules don’t apply to him – it’s almost impossible to be unemotional about both his defiance of basic logic and his mind-blowing selfishness.
The debate between those who believe in following the rules as prescribed by numerous governments around the world and those who believe their freedom of choice is paramount is an entirely separate issue from the one put before the court in Australia.
Australia is sovereign nation with a clear and unambiguous policy in place to manage the spread of the virus within their jurisdiction.
That Djokovic somehow managed to apparently get an exemption from meeting strict entry requirements in place and rigidly enforced regardless is unclear.
The Australian government leaves nobody in any doubt whatsoever that to enter their country each person regardless of who they are must satisfy all entry requirements to the letter.
There are well defined exemptions – none of which would seem to apply to Djokovic.
To add insult to injury though he has mounted a successful legal challenge to force his way in – more rich boy nose thumbing at those Australian nationals who were unable return home during the ongoing pandemic until very recently.
His lawyer’s argument was he had contracted the virus previously.
This does NOT however guarantee that he is totally immune and cannot therefore be re-infected.
Yet the honourable presiding judge before whom the application to rescind the visa cancellation found in favour of Djokovic, seemingly on a technicality of insufficient notice to produce additional documents supporting his exemption and application to enter Australia.
The Australian authorities have handled this matter badly.
However, the minister empowered to exercise his discretion has indicated that he is seriously considering an option to deport Djokovic.
And he should.
He is a guest in another country and should behave appropriately.
Finding in favour of Djokovic will likely open a Pandora’s box.
Australian citizens far and wide, hardworking and law abiding have had to endure the most insufferable hardship courtesy of this virus.
That Djokovic should have prevailed is a slap in the face for the ordinary Aussie and surely cannot be allowed to stand.
The decent thing would be for the player to fly home.
But the money and the chance of a 10th title suggest otherwise.
The behaviour of Tennis Australia in this sordid affair is equally vile.
The rules are the rules.
Why on earth do the likes of Novak Djokovic feel that these do not apply to them?
This is money – and expensive lawyers talking (Djokovic is worth an estimated quarter of a billion dollars). It’s ‘us and them’ pure and simple.
And for the sake of ‘us’ he surely needs to be sent packing.
May common sense prevail.