Australian mens No.1 Alex de Minaur has called for the attention around the Australian Open to shift from the Novak Djokovic saga to the quality of tennis on display.
Speaking to the media on Saturday, de Minaur responded to numerous questions about Alex Hawke’s decision to cancel the world No.1’s visa for a second time.
He then vented how Djokovic’s situation has overshadowed the AO ahead of its start on Monday.
“This whole situation has taken a lot of [the] spotlight away from us competitors,” he said.
“We’re here to play the Australian Open. We’re here on our own terms, ready to compete and hopefully have a very good couple of weeks.
“It feels like it’s taking away from us competitors, who just want to start. We’re eager to go out and compete.
“The Australian Open is always an incredible event, my home slam, my favourite tournament.
“To be honest, I’m just ready to put all of this behind me and focus on playing my tennis matches and kind of let my tennis do the talking.”