unfortunately for tennis fans, the biggest story leading up to (in anticipation of) the australian open this year was the uncertainty over whether or not world #1 and defending champion novak djokovic would be allowed to play. djokovic hasn’t been vaccinated against covid-19 and though he entered the country the final decision was to reject his request for an exemption to australian vaccination law.
novak djokovic (william west afp)
agence france-presse reported that on january 15, two days before the start of the tournament…
authorities ripped up [djokovic’s] visa for a second time and declared the unvaccinated tennis superstar a threat to the public.
rip up means destroy by tearing into little pieces. it is probably not literal in this instance. a threat is potential danger.
australian authorities ripped up djokovic’s visa. twice! (GIPHY)
australian immigration minister alex hawke defended his government’s decision, claiming (saying but not showing it’s true) that djokovic’s presence in the country
could “foster anti-vaccination sentiment” and even spark an “increase in civil unrest”
spark means cause. even emphasizes the impact djokovic’s presence might have on the public in australia. foster means promote, encourage. the band foster the people has their name because the lead singer’s name is mark foster but also because it sounds like they have a supportive attitude for their fans and folks in general…
on reuters.com julien pretot and shrivathsa sridhar explain that djokovic…
risks being frozen out of tennis as he chases a record 21st grand slam title, with rules on travellers who are unvaccinated against COVID-19 tightening in the third year of the pandemic and some tournaments reconsidering exemptions.
currently, unvaccinated people can enter england but must isolate for 10 days.
djokovic could miss out on more grand slam events because he isn’t vaccinated (getty)
foreign air travellers have had to be fully vaccinated since november and provide proof before boarding flights
u can’t deny the truth, cuz i’m the living proof
which requires people to have vaccination certificates to enter public places such as restaurants, cafes and cinemas. this will apply to everyone who is a spectator or a professional sportsperson. and this until further notice.
61% Of Americans Didn’t Go To A Movie Theater Last Year
an empty movie theater (getty)
as far as roland garros is concerned, it’s in may. the situation may change between now and then and we hope it’ll be more favourable. so we’ll see but clearly there’s no exemption.
as far as…concerned is to refer to how the law will affect roland garros this year. the modal auxiliary verb may means maybe, possibly. don’t confuse it with the month of may, which is when the tournament will be played. it’ll is the contraction of it will. favourable is spelled favorable in the u.s.
novak djokovic won roland garros in 2016 and 2021 (novakdjokovic.com)
and looking ahead to next year’s australian open, the reuters article says…
under australian law, djokovic cannot get another visa for three years – denying him the chance to add to his nine titles at [the australian open] – but the government has left the door open for a possible return next year
deny means reject, not allow. leave the door open means there is a chance.
though djokovic’s visa was denied, the australian government left the door open for him to return next year (epa)
in the end, djokovic took an L (lost), but he showed grace in defeat (accepted it courteously) by releasing this statement…
i am uncomfortable that the focus of the past weeks has been on me and I hope that we can all now focus on the game and tournament I love
uncomfortable is pronounced un-CUMF-tur-bull. listen to the pronunciation here. has been is another example of present perfect. it indicates that djokovic’s visa problems were still in the news when he made the statement.
djokovic showed grace in defeat. kinda–there are reports that he is considering suing the australian government over the ordeal 🙀
the english practice extra video for this post contains examples of the following vocabulary/structures, many of which have various other examples on richyrocks.com: tag questions, even, pay attention, per se, 3rd conditional, fucking, asshole, pick, manners, wrap up, threat, either, granted, hold interest, big pharma, slick, figure out, ain’t.
finally, notice how…
- viruses (the plural of virus) is pronounced at 1:09 👉🏽VY-russ-uz
- desperate is pronounced at 1:29 👉🏽DESS-prut
what do u think? should novak djokovic have been allowed to play in the australian open? does it matter that he’s the top male tennis player in the world? share your opinion under leave a reply