Australian Open boss and Tennis Australia CEO Craig Tiley insists that Australia’s tennis governing body pulled out all the stops when asked about the Novak Djokovic saga. Before flying to Melbourne, Djokovic took to Instagram to announce that he has received special medical exemption to compete at the Australian Open.
But when Djokovic landed in Australia, he was met by Australian authorities, who revoked his visa and detained him. Throughout the Djokovic visa saga, Tennis Australia was met with criticism, with some pointing direct finger at Tiley for how he was handling the whole situation.
In a recent appearance on K1 television, Srdjan Djokovic said his son «did not go to Australia voluntarily» as he «had an agreement with Tennis Australia». Furthermore, Srdjan Djokovic suggested that his son was tricked, adding that everything changed once his son boarded the flight to Melbourne.
Tiley on criticism received after the Djokovic saga
“The first thing is that we are always focused on tomorrow and we are putting on a massive event, and it is the biggest annual sporting event in the southern hemisphere and the biggest event in Australia.
And at that time of year, the biggest event in the world, so we’re very proud of that fact, not just the people who come, but also the people who watch. They all went through a difficult time during COVID. We were able to put the event in both halves. [in 2021 and 2022] and the support from the Victorian government was magnificent, and we showcased the sport to the world.
We were the first to do it both times, globally, so I look back on it with even more pride. Yes, there was a lot going on around him, but it wasn’t unexpected because it was an environment that none of us had ever experienced.
When we look back, I think we did the best we could and I can guarantee you the same will happen today and tomorrow,» Tiley said, according to The Age. Last week, the Australian government revoked Djokovic’s three-year entry ban. to the country Now, record nine-time Australian Open champion Djokovic will return to the tournament in 2023.