“It will hurt him for a long time”: Djokovic coach reports on the mental abyss

“Will hurt him for a long time”
Djokovic coach reports on the mental abyss

The Australian Open has been running for a long time, the entry and exit drama about Novak Djokovic is history. But what about the Serbs? He has been silent since his return. Now his trainer speaks directly from the mental abyss. The expulsion “certainly hit Djokovic hard mentally,” he reports.

According to his coach, the expulsion from Australia mentally took the Serbian tennis professional Novak Djokovic with him. The world number one was “certainly hit badly mentally. It will hurt him for a long time and it will be difficult for him to get it out of his head,” said Slovakian Marian Vajda in an interview with the “Sport” newspaper. But he knows the 20-time Grand Slam tournament winner “well enough to know: Novak is strong, unshakable and he has not yet spoken his last word in tennis,” emphasized Vajda.

He sharply criticized the Australian government and international media. He called the decision against the 34-year-old Djokovic a “political process”. The situation in Australia is “totally sick and unfair, a direct result of the country’s long isolation. Australia is now paying the price for its isolation policy and, despite its strict vaccination policy, has such high infection rates. But above all it was the media that influenced public opinion so negatively against Novak.”

The Slovakian has been looking after Djokovic with a short break since 2006 and alternates with Goran Ivanisevic in the tournament accompaniment. That’s why Vajda wasn’t there in Melbourne. Asked about his first feelings when he received the news of Djokovic’s expulsion, Vajda replied: “Shock, pain, great emotion. I don’t know how I would have endured it psychologically if I had been there myself. Already at home in Bratislava could I couldn’t sleep from shock that something like this was possible.”

Djokovic, who was not vaccinated against the corona virus, had to leave Australia because he had failed to appeal against the cancellation of his visa before the federal court. He came because he wanted to take part in the Australian Open with a medical exemption. However, upon entry, his visa had been annulled.

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