‘La CM Punk’: John Isner, Former Australian PM, and Tennis Community Reacts to Novak Djokovic Winning the Court Battle in Australia

Published 01/10/2022, 4:09 AM EST
Sep 10, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts after winning a break point against Alexander Zverev of Germany (not pictured) in the fifth set on day twelve of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

The court ruling regarding Novak Djokovic and his potential deportation from Australia is finally in. The Serbian World No. 1 will indeed be staying in Australia.


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However, the ruling stands only for the current while, as the government is considering exercising a personal reason to cancel Djokovic’s visa yet again. From Martin Foley, the Victorian Health Minister, to Prime Minister Scott Morrison himself, everyone had opposed the Serbian’s entry into Australia.

Now that the ruling is out, the country, the internet, and the tennis community, still do not have clarity about the future.


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Since the judge’s ruling, the internet has been polarized, and here are some of the reactions.

Twitter reacts to Novak Djokovic court case ruling

Of course, since the matter had been this contentious and popularized, the internet’s involvement wasn’t far behind. Detaining one of the biggest tennis players in the world and not allowing him to play a Grand Slam wasn’t going to be a small affair.

Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Paris Masters – Accor Arena, Paris, France – November 7, 2021. Serbia’s Novak Djokovic reacts during his final match against Russia’s Daniil Medvedev. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

As was inevitable, the internet has now reacted to the ruling.

American star Tennys Sandgren, who has vocally supported Novak Djokovic, appears to have been following the case as it went. When Judge Kelly asked the Australian legal team “what more could this man (Djokovic) have done,” Sandgren had tweeted out in appreciation of him, calling him a “based judge.”

Former World No. 8 John Isner asked for Novak Djokovic to pull off a CM Punk move, the way the professional wrestler did in 2011. “Only thing left to do is win the trophy again and leave town never to return, a la CM Punk,” Isner tweeted.


Croatian tennis player Ivo Karlovic tweeted “Idemo (let’s go) Nole!” after the judge ruled in World No. 1’s favor.

Additionally, former Doubles World No. 1 Paul McNamee asked for the situation to finally rest. He tweeted to “move to the other court (tennis court) where the sport is played.”

Similarly, former European parliamentarian Nigel Farage, too, stated that it won’t be a good look at the Australian government if they were to oppose the ruling in favor of Djokovic. Even Kevin Rudd, the former Prime Minister of Australia has expressed his opinion about this situation.



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Former World No. 4 Greg Rusedski vehemently celebrated Novak Djokovic’s side. Moreover, he stated that since there was an exemption rule available, there never should have been a case in the first place against Djokovic.

Djokovic’s 21st Grand Slam will have to wait

It seems that Novak Djokovic’s wait for his 21st Grand Slam will have to wait a little while longer. However, the Serbian will undoubtedly be playing in the next Grand Slam on the calendar, the French Open.

Serbia’s Novak Djokovic reacts during his final match against Russia’s Daniil Medvedev | Credits: Reuters

France’s sports minister, Roxana Maracineanu, had made a statement last week regarding the same. Thus, Novak Djokovic would most certainly be playing at Roland Garros, which will begin in May.



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Even though Djokovic would face tougher restrictions than those who have had the vaccine. “He will nonetheless be able to compete because the protocols, the health bubble, allows it,” Maracineanu stated.


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Samarveer Singh is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports. Holding a degree in English Literature and a diploma in Fitness Sciences and Training, Samarveer is obsessed with tennis and basketball. He is also an automotive writer at HotCars.