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Australia Revokes Djokovic's Visa (Arturo Ezquerro, -UK, 01/14/22 4:07 am)

It happens that I like sports, particularly tennis, and I am sorry that we might be deprived of the talent of arguably one of the best players in the history of the game, in this year's Australian Open.

Having said that, it occurs to me that we are dealing with some unforced errors from Novak Djokovic, whilst the sporting world keeps watching. As a psychiatrist, I wonder if Djokovic's unconscious personality traits may have played a trick on him.

Anyhow, what could Djokovic have done differently? My answer is this:

1) He could have gotten vaccinated.

2) He could have isolated himself at home, whilst awaiting the result of a Covid-PCR test, rather than showing off without a mask and mixing with many people at a children's event.

3) He could have avoided breaking the law the following day, when he already knew that he had tested Covid positive, rather than attending an interview and exposing himself without a mask to photographs with a French journalist.

4) He could have told the truth on the self-declaration form on his arrival in Australia, rather than blaming his staff for (inadvertently?) giving the wrong information and not disclosing that a few days earlier he had been in Marbella (Spain).

5) He could have kept a lower profile all the way through.

6) He could have sought a course of intensive psychoanalytic psychotherapy, prior to playing the above game.

I very much hope that the pandemic can be fully controlled in 2022.

A good year to all!

JE comments: Very happy to hear from you, Arturo, and all the best for 2022!  Has Djokovic given the reason for his refusal to vaccinate?  Some reports claim that he faces a fine or even jail for breaking Australia's draconian quarantine rules.  I doubt it will come to this, but at the minimum he loses the chance for the $2 million (US) in prize money.

I don't follow tennis closely, but here's a nugget that impresses the heck out of me:  Djokovic may be the most polyglot superstar athlete in history.  Google claims he speaks nearly all the mainstream European languages, plus Chinese, Japanese, and Arabic--eleven in all.  Arturo, for starters, have you ever heard his Spanish?


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