‘I Much Prefer That Novak Djokovic Not Play Australian Open 2022’, Jokes Rival Rafael Nadal

Published 01/10/2022, 5:31 AM EST
Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Italian Open – Foro Italico, Rome, Italy – May 16, 2021 Spain’s Rafael Nadal shakes hands with Serbia’s Novak Djokovic after winning the final REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

The current situation of the World no.1, Novak Djokovic in Australia has been creating a huge stir across the tennis world. On Monday, an Australian judge has given the decision in favor of Djokovic and he will now be able to play in the Australian Open. 


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Many players are giving their remarks on the situation – Rafael Nadal is no exception, as he believes justice has spoken. In an interview with Carlos Alsina, Rafael Nadal said, “It is justice that has to speak in this case. Regardless of whether or not he may agree with Djokovic on some things, Justice has spoken.”

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 11, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic with Spain’s Rafael Nadal before their semi final match REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

He also joked about the fact that he doesn’t want Djokovic to play but wished him good luck for the tournament. “On a personal level, I much prefer that he not play,” Nadal joked


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Rafael Nadal had his say on the whole vaccine situation

After winning the first match in the recently concluded Melbourne tournament, Nadal had said that everyone knew the rules to play in Australia. But he doesn’t want to force anyone to take the vaccine if they are not willing to.

He said, I went through the COVID. I have been vaccinated twice. If you do this, you don’t have any problems to play here.

“He made his own decisions, and everybody is free to take their own decisions, but then there are some consequences…I feel sorry for him. But at the same time, he knew the conditions since a lot of months ago, so he makes his own decision,” Nadal added. 

Nadal made a good start to this year. He won the Melbourne tournament by beating Maxime Cressy 7-6,6-3. Incidentally, that’s his first title in Australia after quite a few years. 


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Novak Djokovic is now all set to play in the Australian Open

Earlier, Novak Djokovic had his visa denied by the Australian government for not getting the vaccine. As a result, he got detained in the Melbourne airport and later transferred to a government facility. 

After a court case, an Australian judge gave a verdict in favor of Djokovic. He will not get deported back to his country and be free to play the Grand Slam. He will now compete for his 21st Grand Slam title, trying to surpass Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. 


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Tennis – ATP Finals – Pala Alpitour, Turin, Italy – November 19, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates after winning his group stage match against Britain’s Cameron Norrie REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

It will be interesting to see how the Australian public will react to seeing Djokovic on the court. 

Do you think he will win his 21st Grand Slam? How will the Australian Public react after seeing Djokovic play?


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Debkinkar Maity

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Debkinkar Maity is a Tennis Author at EssentiallySports. His desire to become a sports journalist inspired him to take up a degree in journalism and mass communication, and he hasn't looked back ever since. Following the sport for over a decade now, Debkinkar has an ardent love for Roger Federer.