It is now final that Novak Djokovic, the Serbian tennis-player and grand-slam winner isn’t allowed to play at the Australian Open and neither been granted visa to the nation. This has been a long time coming and plenty of hurdles. However, I don’t feel sorry for him or his cause. No, this was a selfish and a risky act, which he outplayed himself.
His confidence and hubris, that he would be above rules and regulations is astonishing. That a man who is a anti-vaxxer can be that in his own homestead and domain. However, when you go out of that comfort-zone and into someone else’s. The questions are opened up and you have to follow the rules there.
If its fine in Serbia, that’s his unvaccinated and without additional protection against the coronavirus. That’s fine by me, but he travelled across the world. Left the Balkans and Europe behind to participate and play in a competition. Where he knew and his team would know the rules of which was put in place. Not only for the safety of him as a player and a contender, but for everyone involved.
Any sovereign nation is allowed to have mandates, passports and rules for entry. It doesn’t matter who you are or what your role in the world. As an individual, you have to comply to set rules and guidances before entering. Everyone who has travelled or applied for visa for somewhere knows this. It is fees involved, paperwork and additional certificates of yellow-fever or whatnot before your deemed fit to enter.
So, I don’t feel any sorrow for the Tennis Superstar who outplayed himself. He lied apparently on the visa-form, which for ordinary fellows would be a huge no-no. An ordinary citizens of the world would be in deep trouble from the on-set and wouldn’t have second chances. However, because of the pivotal role in sport and tennis champion, Djokovic got second and a third chance. As he lied about having previously Covid-19 and not taken vaccines.
Ordinary citizens and people related to Australians has to get vaccinated before entering the nation. So, it would only be fair that Djokovic had done the same. Why should ordinary people have to do it and he doesn’t? What is fair about that? Because, his good at hitting the ball at a tennis court. So, he should be above the regulations of any given nation? Who is he kidding here?
That just shows his arrogance and his ego. He didn’t’ consider the implications nor the impact of his move. He has spoken out against others and told them to comply with rules. However, he himself thinks he stands above it all. The mighty has fallen and disgraced himself. All because he doesn’t have the heart or the moral ambiguity to take a jab. A jab other would gladly take in his stead and heck would be lucky to even get in this here world.
Djokovic isn’t a hero in this. He outplayed himself and lost terribly. I feel no sorrow for the man, as he and his team could have prevented this easily. However, by his own free will and choice he didn’t do it. Therefore, he has to face the consequences.
The Australian authorities has only shown fair judgement here, as he, Novak Djokovic should comply to the same rules as anyone else entering the nation. That is the lesson here… as a no-name and average Joe have to do what the forms and the regulations states. This being jabbed or not. The same is apparently to hard for the star and the big-man himself. He thought he could be above it and be allowed to enter, because of his stature and his prominence in sports. Which was wrong and righteously so. Peace.