Of course I want Novak Djokovic in Madrid


Madrid Masters tournament director Feliciano Lopez has made it clear that he would like to see Novak Djokovic in Madrid this year. World number one Djokovic has been stripped of the opportunity to play the Australian Open after the immigration minister exercised his power to cancel his visa.

Djokovic refused to be vaccinated before the season but flew to Australia after being granted a medical exemption. “Of course, I’m counting on him for the Mutua Madrid Open. Me and everyone. It’s up to him what steps he has to take to keep playing.

But we and all the tournaments will be delighted to welcome him,” Lopez said, according to We Love Tennis.

Lopez defeated in Australian Open first round

Former world number 12 Lopez withdrew from the Australian Open on the opening day as John Millman beat the Spaniard 6-1 6-3 4-6 7-5.

After the match, Lopez revealed that he arrived in Australia quite late. “I didn’t expect to be here in Australia. I arrived only a few hours ago because I caught COVID just recently so I couldn’t make it sooner and my expectations were very low to be honest,” Lopez said, per Luca Fiorino.

After the loss, Lopez was asked about Djokovic. Unsurprisingly, Lopez said he would like to see Djokovic in Madrid. After losing his Australian visa appeal on Sunday, Djokovic left the country. “I would like to make a brief statement to address the results of today’s hearing, I will now take some time to rest and recover, before making any further comments beyond that,” he said. Djokovic said in a statement.

“I am extremely disappointed with the Court’s decision to discuss my application for judicial review of the Minister’s decision to cancel my visa which means I cannot stay in Australia and compete in the Australian Open. .

“I respect the Court’s decision and will cooperate with the relevant authorities regarding my departure from the country.”


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