Nadal describes Djokovic’s controversy as a “circus”
Rafa Nadal called the controversy over Novak Djokovic’s covid-19 vaccination in Australia “a circus” and joked that he would rather the world number one tennis player not play at the upcoming Australian Open.
Djokovic was released from Australian immigration detention on Monday after winning a legal challenge to stay in the country to pursue his bid for a record-breaking 21st Grand Slam title at the Australian Open.
“Whether or not I agree with Djokovic on certain things, justice has spoken and said that he has the right to participate in the Australian Open and I think it is the fairest decision to do so, if it was resolved that way. I wish him good luck, “Nadal told Spanish radio Onda Cero on Monday.
After being refused entry to Australia for arriving without being vaccinated against covid-19, Djokovic, 34, was arrested by officials at the border on Thursday amid a storm of protests about the decision to grant him medical exemption from the vaccination requirements to play at the Australian Open.
“On a personal level, I would much prefer he didn’t play“Nadal said, laughing with the interviewer.
“It’s sport, a lot of interests revolve around it, at the general level, at the economic level, advertising. Everything is much better when the best can play“said Nadal, before once again defending vaccination.
“World’s Leading Institutions Say Vaccine Is The Way To Stop This Pandemic and the catastrophe that we have been experiencing for 20 months. “