After the Golden Globe gongs of West Side Story, Steven Spielberg may be looking to the southern hemisphere for his next project. If he does, he surely has a ready-made script for The Terminal 2, featuring Novak Djokovic.
The original film was a fairly mediocre but amiable effort almost two decades ago, when Djokovic was just starting out at the bottom of his tennis ladder. It featured Tom Hanks as an Eastern European tourist (oh, the irony) stuck at JFK airport as a prisoner of international politics.
Go see it on Netflix or something. It might raise more than a smile given the current smell of immigration to Melbourne.
Unlike Hanks’ fictional character, Djokovic didn’t have Catherine Zeta-Jones flitting around in high heels to pass the time of the day. He also didn’t have to look for food coupons in wheelie bins. However, Stanley Tucci’s portrayal of an authoritarian border control executive trying to manipulate the situation seems fair enough from here.
When the 34-year-old posted: “I’m heading down Under on a bye clearance. Let’s go 2022 “you could feel the storm clouds forming under the warm messages. Victorian residents saw their blood pressure skyrocket in seconds. They needed something to stimulate them. after watching Ashes one way for a month.
ATP statement: “Clear Novak Djokovic thought he had obtained a necessary medical exemption”
Regardless of their myopic or myopic worldview, anyone without a telescopic lens could see that this scenario was always going to be a thing. We are not talking about Cluedo here. Without any transparency on the state of health of the “defendants”, Melbourne: The Vaccinator knew an endless accumulation. The duration of the trailer has become much more entertaining than the show itself. January 17th is Blue Monday after all.
When it was revealed that Djokovic had allegedly been held in solitary confinement in a room without using a cell phone, it took Mel Gibson to break in with Scottish war paint to shout ‘freedom’. Just to break the tension.
The world is a big place when it can make that insignificant a 20-time Grand Slam champion feel. Polarization and Djokovic are like two peas in a pod. If he’s a pretty straight figure clinically, if he’s not your cup of tea or coffee, then fine. But this? It is not fair.
For the player – not just any former player – this is a slap in the face that surely shouldn’t be possible. Tennis authorities recently showed dark forces their brass knuckles with the position on Peng Shuai. Libertarians had a field day with this one. His mother said he was treated like a prisoner in a “dirty” hotel. Her father wanted a flight with someone. What planet are we on?
The trickle of commentary from normally guarded or mealy-mouthed players is revealing. There is empathy for humans and some surprising circles too. Andy Murray was one of the few to champion the player’s welfare alongside ATP which made a very commendable statement on the situation. Even Nick Kyrgios claimed his country stuffed this one, citing that the guy is human. Not a weird cat then, Nick?
Boris Becker took a more old-fashioned long-term view: “If he wants to continue his career, I strongly advise him to be vaccinated.” So can we keep it simple for now, Boris? No need to look in the crystal ball when the present gives us so much content.
Whether you are pro-Nole, anti-Nole, dismayed at Nole, gutted for Nole, the inelegant truth will all come out of the “dirty” wash. Right now he’s playing the role of the straight man who made it through trigger wires and barbed fences to the real tennis court.
Meanwhile, the feds of “Fortress Australia” are screaming in silence. You can’t just sneak out the back door pretending to be the front door without leaving dirty fingerprints all over the gaff. The judge who cleared the Serb mentioned that there was nothing else the player could do. The Australian government’s butt took a hell of a beating. Their humiliation is almost complete. Someone is going to pay after failing to dethrone the man with an almost permanent residence on the Melbourne tennis throne.
What is certain is that there are still twists to come. As Patrick McEnroe said: “The plot only thickens… and thickens. We await the Djoker backlash from the two barrels.