Sports Desk, Amar Ujala, Melbourne
Published by: Shaktiraj Singh
Updated Saturday, 15 January 2022 10:43 AM IST
After Novak Djokovic ‘s second arrest, Rafael Nadal said that whether he played or not, the Australian Open was a good tournament. Djokovic’s exit from the tournament is almost certain as his visa has been revoked for a second time.
Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal
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Tennis star Rafael Nadal says the Australian Open is more important than any player. According to him, whether Novak Djokovic plays in this tournament or not, it is a great tournament. World number one Novak Djokovic is currently struggling with his visa revocation and his chances of playing in the Australian Open 2022 are slim. Given a chance to play in this tournament, he would win the 21st Grand Slam of his career and become the first tennis player to achieve that feat.
Djokovic has not yet received the corona vaccine and Australia has strict rules regarding it. Because of this, his visa was revoked a second time and he was detained again.
Before the start of this year’s first Grand Slam on Monday, Nadal told reporters that with or without Djokovic, the Australian Open will be a great tournament. He said he would respect Djokovic as a player and a man. “Although I do not agree with many of the things he has done in the last two weeks, I really respect him,” Nadal said.
At the same time, he focused on the game, saying, “I think there’s more emphasis on this. To be honest, I’m a little tired of these situations, because I believe the game is more about talking. Important.”
What is the real thing?
Djokovic has not yet received the corona vaccine. In Australia, the rules for the vaccine are strict. Djokovic said he could not currently get the vaccine due to medical issues. Based on this, he was allowed to play in the Australian Open, but after Djokovic arrived in Australia, he was asked for evidence on medical issues. He was told on his behalf that he had a corona only here on December 16th. In such a situation, they cannot currently get vaccinated. He was later stopped at the airport and his visa was revoked.
Djokovic stayed at the Immigration Department Hotel for four days after his visa was revoked and challenged the decision in court. Following the trial, the court upheld Djokovic. He was ordered to return all his documents and his route to the Australian Open was almost cleared. Following this, the Australian government revoked the player’s visa a second time and detained him again. Djokovic’s case is set to go to court on Saturday and Sunday, but he is unlikely to play in the tournament, which starts on January 17.
Vaccinations are required for the tournament
The Victorian state government has only allowed players, officials and spectators to enter the Australian Open, which starts on January 17, and they have received two corona vaccines. Djokovic, 34, currently tops the men’s rankings. He has won a total of 84 titles in his career, including 20 Grand Slams. He has a total prize money of Rs 1154 crore.