Spanish nice Nadal, degree on a file 20 Grand Slam titles with Djokovic and the absent Roger Federer, mentioned he wished him “all the very best” however needed extra particulars about his case
Rafael Nadal mentioned on January 15 that “too many questions” nonetheless wanted to be answered regarding Novak Djokovic’s bid to play on the Australian Open, whereas different main players lamented how the saga had overshadowed the 12 months’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 in the face of a authorities making an attempt to deport him after cancelling his visa twice.
Questions stay over how Djokovic was given a well being exemption by Australian authorities to play in 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, degree on a file 20 Grand Slam titles with Djokovic and the absent Roger Federer, mentioned he wished him “all the very best” however needed extra particulars about his case.
“From my point of view [there] is a lot of questions that need to be answered,” Nadal advised reporters at Melbourne Park.
“In some ways I think [it] will be good if everything clarifies soon, no?
“I actually respect him, even when I [do] not agree with loads of issues that he did the final couple of weeks.”
After having his visa cancelled for a second time on January 14, Djokovic will fight to have the decision overturned at a court hearing on January 16.
His bid to play the Grand Slam unvaccinated has triggered widespread anger in Australia, where 90% of adults are inoculated. The government’s efforts to deport the Serb have been broadly supported.
‘NOT VERY FAIR’
However, third seed Alexander Zverev said the Serb had been treated unfairly and might have been used as a political pawn by Australian authorities.
“I do not assume he would have travelled right here simply by luck with out him considering he would have the ability to play, with him having the appropriate authorisation to be in the nation,” said the German.
“If you’d have the visa, you’d assume you’d be enjoying.
“I think Novak is a very big name, a global superstar. I think that he is someone that maybe people think they can make a big deal out of it just because it’s Novak.
“The Australian authorities and the Victorian authorities ought to have been clear on what will occur beforehand. I believe it is not very reasonable for an individual to come back right here and never have the ability to play.”
Fourth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas said the situation had taken the spotlight away from tennis.
“I will not lie. It has been just about on each information outlet the final couple of weeks,” the Greek said at Melbourne Park, two days before the tournament starts on January 17.
“Not sufficient tennis has been talked about in the final couple of weeks, which is a disgrace.”
Australian Open women’s champion Naomi Osaka empathised with Djokovic’s predicament, having felt discomfort being the centre of attention when she withdrew from the French Open following a row with organisers over mandatory media commitments.
“I believe it is an unlucky scenario. He’s such an excellent participant and it is form of unhappy that some individuals would possibly keep in mind in this manner,” said the Japanese 13th seed.
“I do know what it is prefer to form of be in his scenario in a spot that you just’re getting requested about that particular person, to only see feedback from different players, it is not the best factor. Just making an attempt to maintain it constructive.”