Novak Djokovic: Father fears another entry scandal in Australia

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Australian Open“He wanted to destroy him” – Djokovic’s dad fears another entry scandal

The entrance theater surrounding Novak Djokovic before the Australian Open in January kept the sports world in suspense. Will it happen again in three months?

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Djokovic was unable to participate in the Australian Open in January 2022 due to insufficient vaccination against the coronavirus.

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His father, Srdjan Djokovic, suspects that the same theater will start in two months.

His father, Srdjan Djokovic, suspects that the same theater will start in two months.

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The Serbian was allowed to participate in Wimbledon and promptly won the tournament.

The Serbian was allowed to participate in Wimbledon and promptly won the tournament.

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Flashback to January 2022: Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic she traveled unvaccinated to Australia to take part in the first Grand Slam of the year. Djokovic is considered a critic of vaccinations, but a coronavirus vaccination was required to enter Australia at the time. Instead, Djokovic submitted a medical exemption due to a corona infection that passed in December – too little for the authorities. Days of wrangling followed, eventually ending in the tennis star’s expulsion. Djokovic had to leave the country a few hours before the start of the tournament.

In a little over two months, the Grand Slam title will be played again in Melbourne, this time Djokovic wants to start again at the first major tournament of the year. No wonder, as the 35-year-old is the record winner in Melbourne (with nine triumphs) and is just one major triumph behind his arch-rival Rafael Nadal (22 major titles) in the all-time list.

Fear of Djokovic’s father

However, it is still unclear whether the world number eight will actually be allowed to serve in Melbourne. Vaccinations are no longer required to travel to Australia, but Djokovic received a three-year vaccination in January after being expelled Entry ban lifted. That would have to be canceled first before the 35-year-old gets to the “Happy Slam.” However, Djokovic’s father Srdjan does not believe that the 21-time Grand Slam triumph will actually serve in Melbourne.

“They wanted to break it up and destroy it to show that they can do whatever they want. While he was on the plane bound for Melbourne, they changed the law. It was Australia’s fault,” the superstar’s father complained to Serbian broadcaster “K1”. And he expressed concern that his son would not open in Melbourne in ten weeks. “The situation is still the same. I don’t think anything will change,” Srdjan Djokovic said, but added: “I have to be careful what I say. I didn’t when they put him in jail. The greatest shame of all shames.”

“So they stopped him”

In addition, the father of the tennis star managed again against the US Open. Apart from this year’s first Grand Slam, the Serbian tennis star was not allowed to serve in New York. Vaccinations were also required to enter the US. Djokovic was allowed to play at Wimbledon and immediately won the title. “I don’t understand why they didn’t let him play in Melbourne and New York, but they did in London. Maybe because Novak showed at Wimbledon that he is the best. So they stopped him before the US Open,” said Srdjan Djokovic.

The tennis star herself recently said of her participation in the first Grand Slam tournament of the year: “As far as Australia is concerned, there are positive signs, but only unofficially. We communicate through my lawyers in Australia. You are in touch with the authorities who are responsible for my case,” the 35-year-old said cautiously.

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