Rafael Nadal has little sympathy for his longtime rival Novak Djokovic and said he must face the consequences of not being vaccinated against the coronavirus on Thursday.
The world’s number one was suspended by border authorities when he arrived in Australia late Wednesday, and his visa was canceled because he did not meet strict pandemic entry requirements.
Vaccine-sensitive Djokovic, facing deportation, has begun a court challenge to stay in the country and play at the Australian Open this month. There, both he and Nadal will chase after the record 21st Grand Slam title.
Nadal said he signed with Covid last month and said he was very confident that he would be vaccinated to stop the “many dead” pandemic.
“I passed Covid. I was vaccinated twice. If I do this, I have no problem playing here. That’s the only clear thing,” said the first singles at ATP. After winning the match, the Spaniards spoke in Melbourne. Tour from August.
“The only thing that is clear to me is that if you are vaccinated, you can play at the Australian Open or anywhere. In my opinion, the world is suffering so much that it doesn’t follow the rules.
“He makes his own decisions, and everyone is free to make their own decisions, but then there are some consequences,” he added about Djokovic.
“Of course, I don’t like the situation that’s happening. In a way I feel sorry for him.
“But at the same time, he knew the situation for months, so he makes his own decision.”
Djokovic said on Instagram this week that he was exempt from playing at the Australian Open without vaccination.
The 34-year-old refused to publicly reveal the status of the vaccine, but had previously expressed opposition to being jabed.
The news of his exemption caused anger in a country that had endured months of restrictions and blockades, and Nadal said he understood the reaction.
“Many families have suffered a pandemic over the last two years,” he said.
“That is, it’s normal for Australians to be very dissatisfied with the (Djokovic) case, as they have experienced very severe blockages many times and many have been unable to return home. . “
The Australian Open will begin on January 17, and if Djokovic does not play, Russia’s second-largest Daniil Medvedev will be the top seed.
Medvejev said his view of the story was “very straightforward.”
“If he has an exemption, he should be here. If there’s something wrong with the paperwork and they didn’t get him in, that’s what happens from time to time,” the US Open champion said in Sydney. Told.
“I have a lot of visa problems in my career.”
Italy’s seventh-ranked Matteo Berrettini, who won the ATP Cup on Thursday, expressed “some sympathy” for Djokovic’s predicament.
But like Nadal, he understands the Australian backlash.
“No one wants to be in that situation,” he said.
“But at the same time, we can understand why the Australian people clearly feel that way. I think Melbourne had the longest blockade in the world, so we can understand these people.”
http://www.gulf-times.com/story/707498/Nadal-says-Djokovic-knew-the-risks-He-made-his-own “He made his own decision.”