As Novak Djokovic was pressured to wait out a listening to on his bid to keep away from deportation from Australia, Rafael Nadal addressed the situation surrounding one among his fiercest opponents.
Speaking to reporters, Nadal mentioned that he feels “sorry” for Djokovic forward of the 2022 Australian Open however added that Djokovic has lengthy been conscious of the COVID-19 vaccine necessities wanted to enter the nation.
“He made his personal selections, and everyone is free to take their very own selections, however then there are some penalties,” Nadal said. “After all, I do not just like the situation that’s occurring. In a roundabout way, I really feel sorry for him. However on the identical time, he knew the circumstances since a number of months in the past, so he makes his personal resolution.”
Djokovic was confined to an immigration detention lodge in Australia on Thursday as he awaited a courtroom ruling on whether or not he can compete within the first main championship of the 12 months later this month.
A federal decide will take up the case subsequent week and a lawyer for the Australian authorities mentioned he shouldn’t be deported earlier than then.
Djokovic, who like Nadal and Roger Federer presently has 20 main singles titles, traveled to the nation after Victoria state authorities granted him a medical exemption to the nation’s strict vaccination necessities. Nonetheless, upon arrival on Wednesday, Australian Border Power rejected his exemption as invalid and barred him from coming into the nation.
Djokovic has has not publicly revealed his vaccination standing, however Australian prime minister Scott Morrison mentioned on Thursday that Djokovic “did not have a sound medical exemption” to the vaccination requirement for arrivals.
“I went by means of the COVID,” Nadal mentioned. “I’ve been vaccinated twice. In the event you do that, you don’t have any downside taking part in right here. That’s the one clear factor. The remainder of the issues, I don’t need to have or to give to you an opinion that I don’t have the entire info. The one clear factor for me is if you’re vaccinated, you possibly can play within the Australian Open and all over the place, and the world for my part has been struggling sufficient to not comply with the foundations.”
As noted by the Associated Press, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic mentioned his authorities has requested that Djokovic be allowed to transfer to a home he has rented and “not to be in that notorious lodge.”
Djokovic’s mom, Dijana, said that, “I really feel horrible since yesterday that they’re holding him as a prisoner. It’s not truthful. It’s not human. I hope that he’ll win.”
Djokovic has gained the Australian Open 9 occasions, together with final 12 months.
Nadal is returning to motion in Australia for the primary time in 5 months due to a foot damage. He additionally examined posted for COVID-19 in December.
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