“The Australian Open It is much more important than any player, “he said. Rafael Nadal at a press conference on the eventual absence of Novak Djokovic, for the immigration scandal with the Australian government.
In this sense, he ruled out the idea that the inconvenience at first Grand Slam of the year, assuring that there will be “a great Open with or without him”.
For his part, Djokovic, maximum winner of the Aus Open with 9 titles, will know tonight if he will be able to compete when he faces a key judicial hearing for his permanence in the country.
The tennis player’s lawyers, who today was transferred for the second time to an immigration detention center in MelbourneThey will try to reverse in a federal court the measure adopted by Minister Alex Hawke, who on Friday denied him a visa for non-compliance with the rules to combat the coronavirus pandemic.
”If he ends up playing, fine. And if he doesn’t end up playing, that’s what it is”, Nadal summed up about the scandal with the Serb, which began on Wednesday the 5th when he entered the country without the coronavirus vaccine.
The Mallorcan expressed his respect for the Serbian “as a person, of course, and as athletes, without a doubt.” At the same time, he stressed that it is a feeling that prevails “even without agreeing with many things he has done in the last two weeks.”
Djokovic learned that he was positive on December 19, participated in social activities and used his diagnosis to obtain a medical exemption that would allow him to play the Open without being vaccinated.