Now, world No 2 and one of Djokovic’s friends on the tour, Daniil Medvedev, has had his say on the situation and admitted he has been in similar situations with visa mix-ups in the past.
“Yeah, look, my view on this situation is quite straightforward, I think,” the US Open champion said, speaking after leading Team Russia to victory over Italy at the ATP Cup.
“You know, thereare rules. There are exemptions from rules. I cannot know exactly what happened in the papers, because what we know, I know the same as everybody. Two days ago, he posted a tweet and an Insta story, an Insta post, where he has an exemption.”
Medvedev, who would be the favourite to win the Aussie Open in Djokovic’s absence, also had a simple verdict on the medical exemption issue, stating: “So for me it’s tough to say. If he had a fair exemption from the rule, well, he should be here; if he didn’t, he shouldn’t be here.”