“The Australian Open is much more important than any tennis player,” said Rafael Nadal, commenting on the confusion surrounding Novak Djokovic’s presence at the tournament. The Spanish player assured him that he respects the Serb, although he disagrees with many of the things he has done over the past two weeks.
Australian authorities they revoked Djokovic’s visa twicewho is not vaccinated against Covid-19. In this country, this vaccination is compulsory. In the past, the athlete has repeatedly admitted that he is against vaccination, and he went to the Antipodes after receiving a medical certificate.
A court in Melbourne on Monday ordered the release of the Serb, who is being held in a hotel that also accommodates asylum seekers. Then Nadal pointed out that he did not agree with the Balkan player on various issues, but in this case, in his opinion, such a solution was the fairest decision. He called all the fuss around the rival a “circus”.
Then various doubts about the leader of the world ranking were revealed before arriving at the antipodes, a his visa was canceled again on Friday. He was questioned by immigration on Saturday morning, local time, and then again detained pending Sunday’s federal court hearing. Then it has to be clarified whether he will be able to appear at the Australian Open. The Grand Slam event will begin the day after.
On Saturday, a press conference was also held in Melbourne with the participation of Nadal, who no longer concealed his irritation that the Djokovic case was taking so long. Honestly, I’m a bit tired of this situation because I think it’s important that we talk about our sport, about tennis. The Australian Open is much more important than any player. The tournament will be great with or without it – he said.
Spaniard, Serb and Swiss Roger Federer each have 20 Grand Slam titles to their name, an all-time record for a men’s single. Helwet gave up on the show in Melbourne.
I respect Novak as a person and of course as an athlete. There is no doubt about that. I really respect him, though I disagree with a lot of the things he has done in the last two weeks – a tennis player from Majorca said.
German Alexander Zverev, in turn, assessed that Djokovic had been treated unfairly and could have been used for political struggle by the Australian authoritieswhich they denied. This is obviously not nice for everyone, especially him. But his legacy cannot be questioned on that basis – recognized the third player on the world list.
On Saturday, Judge David O’Callaghan suggested that the case on Sunday would be dealt with by the full panel of judges, which means less probability of appealing against the verdict.
The only way of appeal would be the Supreme Court, and there would be no guarantee that it would even agree to hear it. Djokovic’s attorney Paul Holdenson opted for the full bench, while immigration minister Alex Hawke’s attorney Stephen Lloyd preferred one judge.
As a result of the Australian Open draw on Thursday, the leader of the world list was opened to compatriot Miomir Kecmanovic. If he is withdrawn before the announcement of the game schedule for Monday, his place in the bracket will be taken by Russian Andrey Rublev, seeded fifth. If it happened later, it will be replaced in the first round by the so-called lucky loser from elimination.