If everything goes according to Djokovic’s plan, he will arrive in Australia on Wednesday night and be at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne’s summer sunshine by Friday at the latest, working out from the trip. fly and prepare for the Australian Open.
But somewhere, the information pipeline involving Australian Open officials, the Victorian government and the federal government has become a broken phone game.
And with state and federal elections set to take place this year, the standout Djokovic movie is an opportunity for politicians to show their tough stance on Covid-19 rule-breakers. .
Djokovic got a taste a year ago of how Australians treat tall poppies – people who hold their heads high to the rest and expect special treatment. A smaller group of tennis players and support staff arrived at the Australian Open last year and faced a two-week quarantine before they could compete.
In the end, Djokovic’s bossiness didn’t help. But no one – not the various levels of government, not Tennis Australia and Tiley – appeared in this pretty face. And if Djokovic’s lawyer makes a convincing case before a judge on Monday, and his client arrives in Melbourne Park to get ready to compete, the Australian fans are sure to give him a “hello”. pick” that they feel he deserves.