Novak Djokovic’s visa saga has put a stain on Tennis Australia’s image, as the events that followed the Serb’s arrival in Melbourne was not a positive development for tennis. Eventually after two court appeals and two visa cancellations, Djokovic was sent back home without even competing at the Australian Open 2022.
Novak Djokovic, being unvaccinated was granted a medical exemption to enter the Australian borders. However, it seems that Tennis Australia did not convey the proper information to the players involved. Djokovic was stopped by the Australian Border Forces, as his visa was cancelled owing to wrong documents being presented.
Tennis Australia has been criticized for its poor communication with the players, and the manner in which they handled the Novak Djokovic visa situation. Tennis Australia CEO, Craig Tiley is one of the culprits who led to the entire fiasco. Tiley has announced that despite the controversy, he will not be resigning from his post.
Craig Tiley is here to stay, as he promises to deliver a great Australian Open 2022!
Craig Tiley was booed by the crowd when he came to felicitate Australian great, Samantha Stosur who played her last singles match a few days ago. Tiley has stated that he is focused on delivering a great tournament for the viewers, just like the previous years.
“I’m focused on delivering a great event. I’m proud of what the team has done and proud of what we’ve delivered so far,” Tiley said as quoted by the BBC.
Craig Tiley has also denied rumors of Tennis Australia paying for Novak Djokovic’s legal fees during his two court appeals. Tiley did state that Tennis Australia will look into what went wrong, and will launch an investigation, so that the situation does not get repeated again.
“We spend weeks together reviewing what we did, what we did well, what we could do better, what we need to change, and that is the process we go through every year and this year will be no different,” said Tiley.