ATP Statement On Novak Djokovic Australian Visa Cancellation

published: Jan, 16, 2022

by: TC Staff

Defending champion and nine-time winner Novak Djokovic has been forced to withdraw from the Australian Open as his visa has once again been cancelled.

The ATP Tour, the governing body for men’s professional tennis, had this to say on Sunday regarding the world No. 1.

ATP Statement

Today’s decision to uphold Novak Djokovic’s Australian visa cancellation marks the end of a deeply regrettable series of events. Ultimately, decisions of legal authorities regarding matters of public health must be respected. More time is required to take stock of the facts and to take the learnings from this situation.

Irrespective of how this point has been reached, Novak is one of our sport’s greatest champions and his absence from the Australian Open is a loss for the game. We know how turbulent the recent days have been for Novak and how much he wanted to defend his title in Melbourne. We wish him well and look forward to seeing him back on court soon.

ATP continues to strongly recommend vaccination to all players.

Italian lucky loser Salvatore Caruso (ranked No. 150 in the world) will take Djokovic’s place in the main draw. Caruso will face Djokovic’s countryman Miomir Kecmanovic in round one action on Monday in Melbourne, Australia.

TC Staff

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2 thoughts on “Rules of tennis: how they changed and what to expect in the future

  1. I believe “no-let” on serve should be used. The argument some used is that receivers are put in a disadvantage because the ball hitting the net will trickle over the net. First, there are no professional player that can actually serve a ball constantly that will trickle over the net. Second, during a rally, a let is not call if the ball hits the net and trickles over, players accept it as a lucky shot. In addition, coaching should be permitted. Tennis is the only individual sport that coaching is not permitted, i.g. Boxing, wrestling, golf, etc are coached during play.

  2. It is about time that tennis should be restricted to one serve. To remove the second serve would speed up the game and players would not rely on serving an ace. Also it would add to thrilling matches.
    No other ball game allows 2 serves.
    I agree to to the above rule changes.

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