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Following the controversy that surrounded the global tennis superstar Novak Djokovic, not allowing him to participate in the Australian Open, numerous NBA players expressed their opinion on the matter.

Evan Fournier

Evan  Fournier
Team: New York Knicks
Position: SG, SF
Age: 29
Height: 201 cm
Weight: 93 kg
Birth place: Saint-Maurice, France

The Serbian tennis player was initially denied an entry visa to Australia due to being unvaccinated against COVID-19. The visa was then granted a few days later but was overturned in the following days again.

Three Australian Federal Court judges on Sunday sided with Immigration Minister Alex Hawke’s decision made to cancel the Serb’s visa on public interest grounds. Shortly after the ruling, federal agents escorted Djokovic to the airport in Melbourne.

Chicago Bulls superstar Nikola Vucevic was not particularly happy with the decision and took it to Twitter to express his view on the situation. "What happened to Djokovic is just politicians using their power to show off and get extra followers," the Montenegrin center said.

"It has nothing to do with Covid or visa issues, they used him to try to make themselves look better," Vucevic continued. "Very sad how they treated a First Class Champion!"

The Bulls center continued his thoughts with a second tweet afterward. "Also to me, the saddest thing in this whole Djokovic thing was that only two of his colleagues stood by his side, everyone else got scared…unbelievable," Vucevic expressed.

New York Knicks guard Evan Fournier was not that nice to Vucevic. The French player did not use many words, but he let his opinion be known: "Na bro."

Several sports people responded to the tweet. Australian tennis player Nick Kyrgios expressed his remorse about the situation. "I'm sorry. Wish we could have done more," Kyrgios tweeted in response.

Even the Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade team chimed in into the situation, expressing their support for the local athlete amidst worldwide chaos. "Just for you, always with you," the club wrote in their Instagram post following the deportation order.

Djokovic supporting Crvena Zvezda in a game against Barcelona

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Evan Fournier

Evan  Fournier
Evan  Fournier
MIN: 29
PTS: 13.73 (45.42%)
REB: 2.85
As: 1.78
ST: 0.88
BL: 0.24
TO: 1.34
GM: 41