John McEnroe hopes that “things will be straightened out” so that Novak Djokovic “can do his thing” following his recent troubles away from the court.
Djokovic was unable to defend his Australian Open trophy after he was deported from the country due to his vaccination stance with Immigration Minister Alex Hawke cancelling his visa for a second time on “health and good order grounds”.
There are still doubts over the Serbian’s participation in several tournaments – including the French Open and US Open – as he is not vaccinated against Covid-19, but the Dubai Tennis Championships is not one of those events as it is not mandatory to be inoculated.
It means Djokovic will play in his first competitive match since last December’s Davis Cup Finals and former world No 1 McEnroe is delighted to see him back in action.
“I’m glad Novak’s here playing again. It’s just hopefully things will be straightened out so that he can do his thing and we’ll see. It’s hard to tell,” he is quoted as saying by khaleejtimes.com at the Expo 2020 Tennis Week in Dubai.
The American was also asked about Nadal winning a second Australian Open title, which saw the Spaniard become the first man to win 21 Grand Slam singles trophies.
The seven-time Grand Slam winner also admitted that he thought Medvedev would win the Melbourne Park final.
“Obviously, Rafa pulled off an amazing feat. And I also like, you know, Medvedev, I thought he should have won it [Australian Open],” McEnroe said.
“We’ll see how he reacts moving forward and what other guys are going to step up. You know, at that time, these other guys have been winning everything. So, you would think these young guys are getting hungry, they want to win something.”