Novak Djokovic criticised by Rafael Nadal amid Australian Open arrival issues: ‘There are rules’ | Tennis News

“What is not right is this political persecution, in which everyone is taking part, including the Australian Prime Minister”, rages the president of Serbia. “I’m afraid this kind of political ranting against Novak Djokovic will continue”

Last updated: 06/01/22 13:12

Please use the Chrome browser for a more accessible video player

Rafael Nadal on Novak Djokovic: “There are consequences”

Rafael Nadal on Novak Djokovic: “There are consequences”

Novak Djokovic was criticized while in quarantine with his appeal to enter Australia pending Rafael Nadal for “not following the rules”.

The 34-year-old was denied entry to the Australian border because his visa was refused – his appeal will be heard on Monday.

Djokovic, whose Covid-19 vaccination status is not confirmed, has revealed an “exemption” from Tennis Australia to play the Australian Open without being dubbed. But he was not allowed through Melbourne airport, his visa was canceled and he is currently in a quarantine hotel.

Australian health minister Greg Hunt said Novak Djokovic's exemption

Please use the Chrome browser for a more accessible video player

Australian Health Minister Greg Hunt said Novak Djokovic’s exemption “did not pass the testing standards required by the Australian Border Force”

Australian Health Minister Greg Hunt said Novak Djokovic’s exemption “did not pass the testing standards required by the Australian Border Force”

Nadal said: “If he wanted to, he would play without problems.

“He took his stand and everyone is free to take their stand. But there are consequences.

“I don’t like the situation. Somehow I feel sorry for him.

“But he knew the conditions months ago. He made his decision.”

Rafael Nadal criticized Novak Djokovic

Rafael Nadal criticized Novak Djokovic

Nadal added: “It is normal for people in Australia to be frustrated because they have been through hard blocks. People have not been able to return.

“I believe what people who know medicine say. If they say we have to get vaccinated? Then we have to get vaccinated. This is my point of view.

“I went through Covid-19. I got vaccinated twice.

“If you do, you have no problem playing here. That’s the only thing that’s clear.

Djokovic and Nadal each have 20 Grand Slams

Djokovic and Nadal each have 20 Grand Slams

“The clear thing is that if you are vaccinated, you can play in the Australian Open.

“The world, in my opinion, has suffered enough [without] not following the rules.

“I don’t encourage anyone [about the vaccine]. Everyone has to do what feels good, including him. But there are rules.

“If you don’t want to get the vaccine, you can have problems.

It is unclear if Nadal and Djokovic will meet in Australia

It is unclear if Nadal and Djokovic will meet in Australia

“After many people have died for two years, my feeling is that the vaccine is the only way to stop the pandemic. That’s what people who know these things say.”

The nine championships of n. 1 in the world Djokovic at the Australian Open makes him the most successful Grand Slam player.

He is linked to Nadal and Roger Federer, who will not play in Australia due to injury, in 20 career Grand Slam tournaments.

“It’s a public humiliation”

Serbian journalist Sasa Ozmo said: “Leave who aside. To say to a person: ‘You have been granted, you can come.’ Then you come and they won’t let you in?

“This is a humiliation. It is a public humiliation in front of the world.

“It’s not something that is easily forgiven.”

Djokovic has won nine Australian Open

Djokovic has won nine Australian Open

Aleksandar Vucic, the Serbian president, said: “What can we do? I spoke with Djokovic for the first time. [on Wednesday night], then the second time [Thursday morning]. Nikola Selakovic, the foreign minister, is in the United States, so Vlada Maric called the Australian ambassador last night and then again this morning.

“Everyone is asking for only one thing: to let Novak Djokovic move from this horrible hotel into a rented house where he can prepare for the tournament, while he awaits a court decision on Monday.

“In this house he can be under surveillance 24 hours.

“Whatever Novak asked his country to do, we did it, we wanted to do it and it is our obligation to do it. It is our obligation, as a state, to protect the interests of our citizens. We are dedicated to this.

Serbian is the current number 1 in the world

Serbian is the current number 1 in the world

“I spoke to Novak last night, this morning, there is this time zone, but our Farnesina will do everything, we are active on the subject.

“Our prime minister is talking to a woman in internal affairs, this lady is the one making the decisions.

“What is not right is this political persecution, in which everyone is taking part, including the Australian Prime Minister.

“I’m afraid this kind of political invective against Novak Djokovic will continue. They want to prove something else. When you can’t beat someone, then do this kind of thing.”

“The draw opens, it’s no secret”

Dusan Lajovic on Djokovic speculation:

Please use the Chrome browser for a more accessible video player

Dusan Lajovic on Djokovic speculation: “He says, she says …”

Dusan Lajovic on Djokovic speculation: “He says, she says …”

Djokovic’s Serbian colleague Dusan Lajovic said: “We all support each other. There is no dilemma between us. We shouldn’t pay too much attention to ‘he says, she says’.”

Daniil Medvedev said: “The situation is not over. He can still come and compete in the Australian Open depending on how he evolves.

Matteo Berrettini says he feels sympathy for Novak Djokovic

Please use the Chrome browser for a more accessible video player

Matteo Berrettini says he feels sympathy for Novak Djokovic

Matteo Berrettini says he feels sympathy for Novak Djokovic

“But when isn’t there someone who has won nine times? The draw opens. It’s no secret.”

Matteo Berrettini said: “For sure I have sympathy for Novak. Nobody wants to be in that situation. It’s not nice.”

“But I understand the Australian people. It’s a difficult situation.”

.

Leave a Comment