Ironically at the time Djokovic reportedly commented, saying that although he understands that press conferences can be “unpleasant” and it’s not always an enjoyable experience, “it is part of our sport, it is part of what we do”.
Also at the French Open, Serena Williams caused controversy for wearing a black catsuit in 2018, but it had an important function.
Williams wore the compression garment to help with blood clots. After giving birth to her daughter following her win at the 2017 Australian Open, she suffered blood clots in her lungs and almost died.
But French Tennis Federation president Bernard Giudicelli told Tennis Magazine: “I think we sometimes went too far. The combination of Serena this year, for example, it will no longer be accepted. You have to respect the game and the place.”
Lots of people on Twitter have said they feel the Djokovic situation would have been dealt with differently if it were Williams or Osaka:
The difference is clear as day. Take three headlines specifically relating to the French Open about Osaka, Serena,… https://t.co/XdSntM4EHE
The social media comments follow Serbian tennis star Djokovic having his Australian visa cancelled for a second time. He is due to be deported just three days before the Australian Open begins.
Although he travelled to Australia to compete in the tennis tournament, Djokovic has been in the headlines due to a visa debacle and questions over his vaccine exemption.
Earlier this week he admitted to meeting a journalist after testing positive and said despite initial claims that he didn’t travel for 14 days before entering Australia, he was reportedly spotted at a training camp in Spain.