Chris Evert Backs Rafael Nadal’s Comments on Novak Djokovic’s Medial Exception

Published 01/07/2022, 12:42 AM EST
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis – Men’s Singles – Bronze medal match – Ariake Tennis Park – Tokyo, Japan – July 31, 2021. Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts during his bronze medal match against Pablo Carreno of Spain REUTERS/Mike Segar


The nine-time Australian Open champion’s controversy has stunned the world, as Novak Djokovic is struggling to make his way to the Grand Slam. While some players have come forward in his support, others have given a more balanced view, reiterating the importance of listening to the medical experts.

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The Spaniard, Rafael Nadal, had earlier commented on Novak’s situation, asserting the importance of following the rules. Now, another tennis icon, Chris Evert, has backed up Nadal.

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Chris Evert supports Rafael Nadal’s view on the Djokovic scenario

Novak Djokovic and his conquest for defending his Australian Open title took a dramatic turn as his visa was canceled as he landed at the Australian airport. The tennis world reacted to the bizarre situation, questioning the way Novak was treated at the airport.

Djokovic chose not to reveal his vaccination status and was granted a medical exemption by Tennis Australia.

Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Paris Masters – Accor Arena, Paris, France – November 7, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic reacts during his final match against Russia’s Daniil Medvedev REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

Interestingly, his arch-rival, Rafael Nadal, doesn’t stand with him in relation to vaccines. Nadal said, “From my point of view, the only thing that I can say is I believe in what the people who knows about medicine says.”

Nadal also added that the Australian people have suffered a lot due to lockdowns and thus, it’s understandable that they would be unhappy with perceived “special treatment” for Djokovic.

Former World No. 1 and 18-time grand slam winner, Chris Evert, supported Nadal’s view tweeting,Me too…..”

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Russian tennis player, Daniil Medvedev, who has been Novak’s fierce rival lately, also opened up about the situation. Medvedev said, “If he had a fair exemption from the rule, well, he should be here; if he didn’t, he shouldn’t be here.”

Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Paris Masters – Accor Arena, Paris, France – November 7, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic and Russia’s Daniil Medvedev before the final match REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

Currently, Djokovic is staying in an apartment given by the Australian government, away from his team. Novak was denied to stay in the apartment he had already rented.

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Do you think Novak Djokovic will be able to defend his title? Or will he have a disheartening return home?

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Shreya Verma

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Shreya Verma is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports. A post-graduation student in political science, Shreya is also a professional 10m air pistol shooter. Taking after her athlete father, she was naturally inclined towards the athletic life.

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