Australian Open players tire of Novak Djokovic saga overshadowing event

2022/01/15 10:51:00

Australian Open players tire of Novak Djokovic saga overshadowing event

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Australian Open players tire of Novak Djokovic saga overshadowing event

Players at the Australian Open are growing tired of the Novak Djokovic visa saga overshadowing the opening Grand Slam of the year.

His lawyers are battling to keep him in the country in a controversy that has dragged on for over a week."I tell you one thing, it's very clear that Novak Djokovic is one of the best players of the history, without a doubt. But there is no one player in history that's more important than an event, no?" he said.

"If he's playing finally, okay. If he's not playing, Australian Open will be great Australian Open with or without him."'AUSTRALIANS HAVE GONE THROUGH A LOT'But he was reluctant to get involved again on Saturday."That's why I'm here to talk about tennis. Not enough tennis has been talked about in the last couple of weeks, which is a shame."

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MELBOURNE - Players at the Australian Open were on Saturday growing tired of the Novak Djokovic visa saga overshadowing the opening Grand Slam of the year with Rafael Nadal declaring no one was bigger than the tournament.1 day ago There is widespread anger over the saga among Australians, who have a 90% vaccination rate among adults after enduring some of the world's longest lockdowns aimed at curbing the pandemic.13 January 2022 - 09:25 Ian Ransom and Sonali Paul UPDATED 13 January 2022 - 12:13 Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic practises at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia, on January 13 2022.Saturday 15 January 2022 - 5:45am Rafael Nadal said the Australian Open would be a great tournament "with or without" Djokovic AFP | Mike FREY SYDNEY - Rafael Nadal took a swipe at rival Novak Djokovic on Saturday as the world number one fights deportation from Australia, saying:"The Australian Open is much more important than any player.

World number one Djokovic has again been detained in Australia after authorities ripped up his visa for a second time and declared he was a threat to the public. He is facing deportation with his chances of defending his men's title at Melbourne Park looking increasingly slim. "I don't like his arrogance," Teyhan Ismain, a Melbourne resident, said on Wednesday. His lawyers are battling to keep him in the country in a controversy that has dragged on for over a week. The 34-year-old defending champion, who practised at the Rod Laver Arena earlier on Thursday, drew unseeded fellow Serb Miomir Kecmanovic for his opening round match, expected to be played on Monday or Tuesday. Nadal stands to benefit if Djokovic is kicked out with both players striving to become the first to win an unprecedented 21 Grand Slams. So I think he should just probably go back. While he stressed that he respected the Serb as a person and player, Nadal made it clear no one was bigger than the sport. But the Spaniard added:"I really respect him, even if I don't agree with a lot of the things that he did the last couple of weeks.

"I tell you one thing, it's very clear that Novak Djokovic is one of the best players of the history, without a doubt. Tennis great Martina Navratilova told Australian television Djokovic should"suck it up" and return home. When Djokovic arrived, Australian Border Force officials decided his exemption was invalid and he was held alongside asylum seekers at an immigration detention hotel for several days. But there is no one player in history that's more important than an event, no?" he said. "The players stay and then go, and other players are coming. "You have two choices, get vaccinated or just don't go play. No one, even Roger [Federer], Novak, myself, Bjorn Borg who was amazing at his times, tennis keep going. In fact, he had gone to Spain from Serbia. "The Australian Open is much more important than any player," he added.

"If he's playing finally, okay. If he's not playing, Australian Open will be great Australian Open with or without him. But Djokovic may face hostility from the crowd when he walks out on court." Nadal added that the saga had gone "too far" and he was "a little bit tired of the situation because I just believe that it's important to talk about our sport, about tennis". Defending Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka said she didn't know the Serbian well, but was sad that he might now be remembered more for his anti-vaccination stance than his exploits on the court. 'AUSTRALIANS HAVE GONE THROUGH A LOT' "I think it's an unfortunate situation. “It does seem that he’s been telling a few fibs too.

He's such a great player and it's kind of sad that some people might remember [him] in this way," she said, two days before the start of the tournament. World number four Stefanos Tsitsipas criticised the 20-time Grand Slam winner earlier this week, saying he was "playing by his own rules". But he was reluctant to get involved again on Saturday. Reuters Would you like to comment on this article or view other readers' comments? Register (it’s quick and free) or sign in now. "I'm here to talk about tennis, not Novak Djokovic," said the Greek 23-year-old. "I won't lie.

It has been pretty much on every news outlet the last couple of weeks. It has received a lot of attention. A lot of people are obviously talking about it. "That's why I'm here to talk about tennis. Not enough tennis has been talked about in the last couple of weeks, which is a shame.

" But Djokovic did win cautious support from world number three Alexander Zverev, who suggested Djokovic was being made an example of. "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," he said. "I don't know enough of the situation, but I do think if it would not be Novak Djokovic, world number one, with 20 Grand Slams, all that, then it would not be as big of a drama. That I do believe," he added.

But Australia's main men's hope Alex de Minaur was fed up, saying it was detracting from the tournament and other players. "First of all, this whole situation has taken a lot of spotlight away from us competitors. We're here to play the Australian Open. "It feels like it's taking away from us competitors who just want to start." Pressed on whether Djokovic had been the author of his own demise, he replied: "Look, Australians have gone through a lot.

There's no secret about that. They've had it very tough. "They've done a lot of work to protect themselves and their borders. When you're coming in, as well as every other tennis player, if you wanted to come into the country, you had to be double-vaccinated." Former world number one Andy Murray, who will play at the Open, said he hoped Djokovic's status would be cleared up, but he added: "I'm not going to sit here and start kicking Novak whilst he's down.

" .