Former world No.1 Andy Murray has declared there are “a few questions to be answered” by Novak Djokovic and urged the Serbian star to come clean ahead of the Australian Open.
Murray won his first match in Australia in three years on Tuesday night at the Sydney Classic but had to deal with questions about Djokovic, who is yet to get the official green light to compete at Melbourne Park next week.
After being placed in a Melbourne detention hotel last week, Djokovic was freed on Monday after the Federal Circuit Court overturned the decision to cancel his visa.
Djokovic received an exemption to bypass hotel quarantine to defend his Australian Open crown on the basis he had tested positive to Covid-19 on December 16.
But photos have since emerged of the Serb, who isn’t vaccinated, attending various functions after he claimed to have tested positive for the coronavirus.
Murray wants Djokovic to come clean so his fellow players don’t have to answer any more questions.
“I mean, obviously, it‘s positive that he’s not in detention anymore. Obviously, he won in court, so that‘s a positive thing for him. Hopefully, (he) will be able to concentrate on the tennis now,” Murray said.
“There are still a few questions that need to be answered around the isolation and stuff, which I‘m sure we’ll hear from him in the next few days, but I’m obviously here to try and play and win tournaments.
“Like I said, it’s the first match that I have played here or won here in over three years, and this is where the situations like this are frustrating for players because I want to come off and talk about my tennis and what’s happening there, not talking about situations like that. So I‘m hoping that we can move on from it now.
“He won in court, which is good. Looks like he’s going to be able to play and compete in the Australian Open, which we do want the best players there, but like I said, I think there is still a few questions to be answered.
“Until that happens, tough to give a definitive opinion on everything. But like I said, positive that he‘s out and practising.”
Murray said he was “sure” Djokovic would talk before the Australian Open, where he is the top seed and favourite to win a 10th title, and he needed to be honest.
“I’m sure he will. It’s up to the press to ask about that and for Novak to clarify,” he said.
“Let’s wait to see what he says about that.”