‘Would Be Good if Novak Give Some Explanation’: Toni Nadal and Jamie Murray Surprised with Novak Djokovic’s Exemption

Published 01/05/2022, 12:36 AM EST
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

The drama around Novak Djokovic’s participation at the Australian Open 2022 has finally been settled. Djokovic will be competing at the Australian Open 2022 after receiving a medical exemption. However, not everyone across the tennis world is happy with Djokovic being granted the special exemption.

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Andy Murray’s brother, Jamie Murray, Toni Nadal, and American Noah Rubin shared their honest opinions on the subject. According to Toni, Novak Djokovic should release a statement explaining the whole scenario.

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Andy Murray’s brother on Novak Djokovic getting an exemption

Novak Djokovic has finally broken the silence on his participation at the Australian Open 2022. The Serbian took to Instagram to share the news with his fans.

Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Paris Masters – Accor Arena, Paris, France – November 5, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic during an interview after winning his quarter final match against Taylor Fritz of the U.S. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

He wrote, “I’ve spent fantastic quality time with my loved ones over the break and today I’m heading Down Under with an exemption permission. Let’s go 2022 !!” 

After Nole’s announcement, many people from the tennis world expressed their opinions on the subject. Andy Murray’s brother, Jamie Murray, said, “I think if it was me that wasn’t vaccinated I wouldn’t be getting an exemption.” It seems like he isn’t happy with the exemption permission given to the World No. 1.

WASHINGTON, DC – AUGUST 02: Andy Murray (R) and his brother Jamie Murray of Great Britain after losing in their doubles match against Raven Klaasen of Russia and Michael Venus of New Zealand during Day 5 of the Citi Open at Rock Creek Tennis Center on August 02, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

In addition, understanding the gravity of the situation, the officials of the Australian Open released a statement as well. They said the exemption was granted after a rigorous review process that involved medical experts.

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Toni Nadal and Noah Rubin want an explanation from Djokovic

Rafael Nadal‘s uncle and former coach, Toni Nadal, was hopeful that Novak would give an explanation about the exemption. He stated, “It would be good if Novak gave some explanation. I want to think that it will clear doubts as a sign of human sensitivity and understanding.” 

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American tennis player Noah Rubin said, ” I spoke with a few players and, finally, it’s very simple: either you organize a press conference, or you write a press release to explain the situation, why you received the medical exemption…”

Many people have started questioning the situation around Novak Djokovic’s exemption, believing that he should have provided a clearer picture of the situation to the public.

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However, now that he has been granted an exemption, Djokovic has the golden opportunity to lift a record-breaking 21st Grand Slam title at the Australian Open 2022. Do you want to see Djokovic achieve this milestone? Let us know!

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Atri Bhatt

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Atri Bhatt is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. He is pursuing his Master's degree in Sports Management from Deakin University, Australia. In addition to critically analysing the game, he also plays tennis professionally.

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