Nadal calls the Djokovic controversy a “circus”

Spain’s Rafael Nadal called Novak Djokovic’s COVID-19 vaccine exemption debate in Australia a “circus” on Monday, jokingly hoping that the world’s best tennis player wouldn’t play at the upcoming Australian Open. Said.

Djokovic was released from Australian immigrant detention on Monday after winning the court’s challenge to stay in the country to pursue a record 21st Grand Slam title bid at the Australian Open.

“Whether I agree with Djokovic in some respects, Justice said he has the right to participate in the Australian Open,” he said, if that was resolved. I think it’s the fairest decision to do. I wish him good luck, “Nadal told Spanish radio Onda Selo.

34-year-old Djokovic was granted a medical exemption from vaccination requirements to play at the Australian Open, but was denied entry into Australia and was detained by authorities at the border last Thursday. On Monday, Judge Anthony Kelly decided that the Australian Federal Government’s decision to revoke Djokovic’s visa was “irrational” and reinstated his visa.

“On a personal level, he shouldn’t play,” Nadal said with a laugh with the interviewer.

“It’s a sport, and a lot of interest is moving around it, at the general level, at the economic advertising level. If the best players can play, everything will be much better,” Nadal said. ..

Nadal is tied to Djokovic and Roger Federer in Switzerland with 20 majors.

Spanish player Feliciano Lopez posted on Twitter: Tennis wins. “

John Isner, the world’s number 24 tennis player, said: “The only thing left is to win the trophy and never leave the town and return …”

Meanwhile, former Indian tennis player Somdev Debalmain posted on Twitter: We saw it before. This is not the case. If he defends the title and reaches 21 slams, it will be one of the greatest tennis stories ever told, “he said.