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Australian Open: Rafa Nadal wants clarity in Novak Djokovic visa case

Australian Open: Rafa Nadal needs readability in Novak Djokovic visa case | Tennis Information

Rafa Nadal mentioned on Saturday (January 15) ‘too many questions’ nonetheless wanted to be answered regarding Novak Djokovic’s bid to play on the Australian Open, whereas different main gamers lamented how the saga had overshadowed the yr’s first Grand Slam. The lead-up to the match has been utterly dominated by world primary Djokovic`s battle to compete at Melbourne Park within the face of a authorities attempting to deport him after cancelling his visa twice.
Questions stay over how Djokovic was given a well being exemption by Australian authorities to play within the match with out being vaccinated for COVID-19, solely to have his visa cancelled on arrival. Doubts have additionally been raised over the constructive COVID-19 take a look at that underpinned the well being exemption, although a Serbian well being ministry official defended the participant this week.
Spanish nice Nadal, stage on a report 20 Grand Slam titles with Djokovic and the absent Roger Federer, mentioned he wished him ‘all the easiest’ however needed extra particulars about his case. “From my standpoint (there) is a whole lot of questions that should be answered,” Nadal advised reporters at Melbourne Park. “In some methods I believe (it) might be good if all the pieces clarifies quickly, no? I actually respect him, even when I (do) not agree with a whole lot of issues that he did the final couple of weeks.”
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After having his visa cancelled for a second time on Friday, Djokovic will struggle to have the choice overturned at a court docket listening to on Sunday. His bid to play the Grand Slam unvaccinated has triggered widespread anger in Australia, the place 90% of adults are inoculated. The federal government`s efforts to deport the Serb have been broadly supported.
Nevertheless, third seed Alexander Zverev mentioned the Serb had been handled unfairly and might need been used as a political pawn by Australian authorities. “I don’t suppose he would have travelled right here simply by luck with out him considering he would be capable of play, with him having the fitting authorisation to be within the nation,” mentioned the German.
“In the event you would have the visa, you’d suppose you’d be taking part in. I believe Novak is a really massive identify, a worldwide famous person. I believe that he’s somebody that perhaps individuals suppose they will make an enormous deal out of it simply because it’s Novak. The Australian authorities and the Victorian authorities ought to have been clear on what’s going to occur beforehand. I believe it`s not particularly reasonable for an individual to come back right here and never be capable of play.”
(with Reuters inputs)

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