Australia Nadal tires of endless Djokovic saga

08:55  15 january  2022
08:55  15 january  2022 Source:   wwos.nine.com.au

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Nadal said he hoped the media attention would soon turn back to the Australian Open. "Honestly, I'm little bit tired of the situation because I just believe that it's important to talk about our sport, about tennis," he said. Men's world number four Stefanos Tsitsipas, who lost last year's French Open final to "But I also think it's up to not tennis players, it's up to the government how Australia is deciding to handle it." Key dates in the Djokovic saga . On November 18, Djokovic is granted a temporary activity (subclass 408) visa. Temporary activity visas enable people to work in Australia on a short-term basis

Prince Philip of Serbia has slammed the ongoing saga involving Novak Djokovic 's apparently doomed attempt to defend his Australian Open title, accusing Australia's immigration officials of 'tyranny'. The 39-year-old Philip Karadordevic has added his voice to the chorus of disapproval from Djokovic 's native country after officials from Prime Minister Scott Morrison's government moved to revoke the tennis star's visa for the second time since he landed in Melbourne nine days ago.

Rafael Nadal's first Grand Slam match in more than seven months is on the horizon, he is coming back from a painful left foot problem that limited him to one tournament over the last half of last season and he got COVID-19 in December.

Plenty to talk about, right? This is, after all, the owner of 20 major championships and one of the most significant figures in the history of tennis. His mere presence at an Australian Open pre-tournament news conference today was newsworthy — or, rather, would have been on pretty much any other occasion.

Ah, yes, the run-up to this Australian Open has been, and seems destined to continue to be, all about Novak Djokovic and his hopes of defending the title at a vaccination-required competition while not being vaccinated against the coronavirus. So Nadal's words and body language spoke for many in the world of tennis when he shrugged his shoulders, exhaled and uttered this about his long-time rival's will-he-play-or-won't-he saga: "Honestly, I'm a little bit tired of the situation."

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Novak Djokovic could be kicked out of Australia. © Anadolu Agency via Getty Images. For the second time in a week, the world's best tennis player has been declared persona non grata at the Australian Open tournament he has dominated for the past decade by a government accused of political point-scoring. Jim Chalmers of the opposition Labor Party agreed, saying that the government's strategy was to " [use] this Novak Djokovic saga as a distraction from the shortages in our supermarkets, the shortages in our chemists, the shortages of workers ."

The saga has intensified global debate over rights of choice for vaccines, raised questions over Australia's bungled handling of Djokovic 's visa and become a tricky issue for Prime Minister Scott Morrison as he campaigns for re-election. Morrison said Friday his government cancelled Novak Djokovic 's The Spanish great would have had to meet nine-times champion Djokovic in the semi-finals if the tournament progressed according to seeding. Though a fine player, Rublev would seem a more manageable obstacle for Nadal , who won his sole Australian Open title in 2009 but made finals

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"The Australian Open is much more important than any player," Nadal said. "If he's playing, finally, OK. If he's not playing, the Australian Open will be a great Australian Open, with or without him. That's my point of view."

Unlike Djokovic, Nadal has gotten his shots. As have a total of 97 of the Top 100 in the ATP rankings and 96 of the Top 100 in the WTA rankings.

"All this could have been avoided, like we've all done, by getting vaccinated, doing all the things we had to do to come here in Australia," said two-time major champion Garbine Muguruza, a 28-year-old from Spain who is seeded No.3 in the women's bracket. "Everybody knew very clearly the rules. You just have to follow them and that's it. I don't think it's that difficult."

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The world's best tennis players are gathered to challenge the Serb's supremacy at Rod Laver Arena, but have been reticent in their commentary during their peer's prolonged visa saga . World number two Daniil Medvedev, who Djokovic defeated in last year's Australian Open final, took a neutral stance "If he has an exemption, well, [he] should be here. If something was wrong with the papers and they didn't let him in, well, that's what happens sometimes," Medvedev said. Rafael Nadal was also diplomatic when asked about Djokovic during an interview with Spanish radio station Onda Cero on Monday.

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Novak Djokovic practices on Rod Laver Arena. © AP Novak Djokovic practices on Rod Laver Arena.

For now, the No.1-seeded Djokovic is scheduled to play on Monday on day one of the year's first major tournament, where both he and Nadal could claim a 21st Grand Slam trophy to break the men's mark they currently share with Roger Federer.

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Before that, though, Djokovic — and, it seems, everyone else with any interest at all in tennis or the latest developments related in some way to the pandemic — will wait to see what happens in a court hearing tomorrow on his appeal of a second revocation of his visa by the Australian government.

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He could be deported.

Novak Djokovic has been taken into detention. © Nine Novak Djokovic has been taken into detention.

"I won't lie: It has been pretty much on every news outlet the last couple of weeks. It has received a lot of attention. A lot of people are obviously talking about it," said Stefanos Tsitsipas, a 23-year-old from Greece who is seeded No.4 at Melbourne Park and was the runner-up to Djokovic at last year's French Open. "That's why I'm here to talk about tennis... not enough tennis has been talked about in the last couple of weeks, which is a shame."

Usually, the Australian Open — known as the "Happy Slam" — serves as a sort of celebratory launch of a new tennis season.

Players are coming off a chance to rest, recharge and prepare during the offseason. They have a clean, or mostly clean, slate, depending on whether they played any tune-up matches. Some show up with wrinkles in their playing style. Some arrive with a new coach, eager to see how the relationship might work out.

Alex de Minaur of Australia plays a backhand during the ATP Cup. © Getty Alex de Minaur of Australia plays a backhand during the ATP Cup.

"It feels like it's taking away from us competitors who just want to start. We're just eager to go out and compete. The Australian Open is always an incredible event, my home Slam, my favorite tournament," said No. 32-seeded Alex de Minaur, a 22-year-old Australian. "At the end of the day, tennis is an individual sport, and we've all been here in Australia for a while, getting ready for this tournament. We all just want to get on with our own stuff."

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Story lines and areas of intrigue tend to be plentiful in Melbourne. As it is, this time was destined to be a little different, given the noteworthy players who are absent for one reason or another, including Federer, Serena Williams and Venus Williams.

But Nadal's return to Slam action for the first time since a semifinal loss to Djokovic in Paris in June is a big deal.

So, too, is defending Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka's arrival with what she says is a fresh outlook after taking two mental health breaks in 2021, including one that ended her season in September.

Given Osaka's frank revelations about depression and anxiety, it was meaningful today when she broke into a full-on grin. When she joked around with reporters. When she appeared comfortable as can be.

As did Nadal. He's said he's thrilled to be back on tour. Has been practicing well. He mentioned his "positive attitude" and "working spirit."

Only when the topic was Djokovic did Nadal sound less than excited.

"I wish him all the best. I really respect him," Nadal said about someone he's played a tour-record 58 times dating to 2006, "even if I (do) not agree with a lot of things that he did the last couple of weeks."

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