An Australian TV host has called the Novak Djokovic visa controversy “messy” and “embarrassing”.
Allison Langdon, co-host of a popular morning show Today, believes there is no need to “dwell” on the events that saw Djokovic expelled from Australia and unable to defend his Australian Open crown.
The Serb’s visa was revoked by the government which failed to meet federal coronavirus requirements and admitted that incorrect information had been included on his immigration forms.
Langdon expressed the opinion that people should now focus on the events on the pitch and forget about the Djokovic saga which marred the preparation for the first Grand Slam of the year.
“It was messy, embarrassing, but now we’re focused on the pitch,” Langdon wrote in the New network breakfast show newsletter.
“[It was] a little distraction upstream [to the Australian Open] which we need not dwell on.
Langdon instead preferred to focus on the fortunes of favorite Ashleigh Barty.
The first seed in Melbourne and the highest-ranked player in the world, Barty is hoping to add an Australian Open triumph to her Wimbledon title win last year and French Open victory in 2019.
She remains on course for a huge last-16 encounter with Naomi Osaka, with the pair winning second round matches against Lucia Bronzetti and Madison Brengle respectively.
Langdon was particularly impressed with Barty’s first-round victory over Lesia Tsurenko, suggesting it was a good way to start the tournament for fans harboring hopes at home.
Langdon explained: “It was nice to kick off day one of our show and the Australian Open with a win for Ash Barty. Gee, she looked good.