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The Spanish tennis player believes that the Grand Slam tournament is much more important than any individual player, and the Australian Open will be great – with or without Djokovic

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Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal said he was tired of the scandal with the first racket of the world Novak Djokovic, who twice canceled his exit visa to Australia. The Spaniard stated this at a press conference before the start of the Australian Open, his quotes Australian TV channel ABC.

“Honestly, I’m a little tired of this situation because I just think it’s important to talk about our sport, about tennis, and not about the scandal,” Nadal said.

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According to the Spaniard, the Australian Open is much more important than any individual player. “If he plays, fine. If he does not play, then the tournament will be excellent in any case, with or without him. This is my point of view,” added the 20-time Grand Slam winner.

Nadal also noted that the first racket of the world chose “his own path” by not being vaccinated against COVID-19. “I wish him all the best. I really respect him, even if I don’t agree with a lot of the things he’s done in the last couple of weeks,” the Spaniard said.

At the Melbourne airport on January 6, Djokovic was denied entry to Australia due to violation of anti-covid requirements, his visa was canceled. The border guard did not let the Serb in because he failed to provide sufficient justification for a medical exemption from vaccination. The tennis player was supposed to be deported, but his lawyers filed an appeal in federal court against the decision to cancel the visa.

On January 10, the court lifted the ban on Djokovic’s entry into Australia, but four days later, the country’s Minister of Immigration, Alex Hawke, canceled the athlete’s visa for the second time. Djokovic was again detained and placed in a center for illegal migrants, the court will consider his appeal on Sunday.

The Australian Open, the season’s first Grand Slam tournament, kicks off on January 17.

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