If Novak Djokovic is looking for support, he should not look at other players. In recent days, many of them have not hesitated to criticize his crusade against the Australian government.
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This is the case of one of his biggest rivals in recent years, Rafael Nadal.
” The [Djokovic] knew the conditions, the Spaniard mentioned earlier this week. I feel sorry for him. But at the same time, he had known the conditions for many months when he made his decision [d’aller en Australie en n’étant pas vacciné contre la COVID].
“He made his own decision, and everyone is free to make their own decisions, but there are consequences. »
On the side of the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, he didn’t mince his words when it came to the world’s number one racket.
“What is certain is that he played by his own rules, he mentioned. It takes a lot of courage to do it and it puts the whole tournament in danger. I don’t think many players would do that.
“I chose to come to Australia playing by the rules and being ready for what’s next without having to think about anything else. Novak made another choice. It doesn’t necessarily mean that my way of doing things is right and his is wrong, it’s just everyone’s perception. »
Tsitsipas added a layer of it.
“It seems like not everyone is following the rules of Tennis Australia and the government,” added the 23-year-old. And this very small minority makes the majority of other players look like idiots, in a way. »
Scotsman Andy Murray was more empathetic towards the Serb.
“I’m not going to start hitting Novak while he’s down. »
“A Witch Hunt”
Besides Djokovic, there is also the American Tennys Sandgren who is not vaccinated against COVID-19 in the ATP top 100. The latter did not hesitate to give his support to “Nole”.
Moreover, Sandgren did not make the trip to Australia because of his vaccination status.
“It’s a witch hunt,” said the 93e global without detour. We want to submit it. There have never been so many positive cases in Australia since Christmas. Under these conditions, what danger does Djokovic represent?
“He is not the one who will bring the virus into the country. We threaten him on the rest of his career and we want him to be at home watching Nadal win the Australian Open.
“If he is expelled after the judge’s decision in his favor, it will clearly be political. In this case, Australia should no longer host a Grand Slam. »