Rafael Nadal reprimands Novak Djokovic as Australian Open champion faces deportation

“Get vaccinated”: Rafael Nadal inflicts a stunning reprimand on Novak Djokovic as the Grand Slam champion defends his case in court – and faces deportation from Australia

  • The reigning Australian Open champion will spend the weekend at the refugee detention center
  • Novak Djokovic faces deportation after arriving in Melbourne on a bad visa
  • Tennis star Rafael Nadal got into the saga by shooting at world number one
  • He says Djokovic would not be in trouble if he was vaccinated and followed the rules
  • Nadal spoke at a press conference at the preparatory tournament in Melbourne










Tennis superstar Rafael Nadal has brutally hit rival Novak Djokovic, whose title defense at the Australian Open could be over before it even began.

Djokovic could be deported next week after arriving in Melbourne late Wednesday without a proper visa, which was refused by border officials due to his exemption criteria.

As Djokovic’s team prepared to fight his case in federal court, Nadal struck the saga on Thursday with a flashy shot at world number one.

The Spaniard is also in Melbourne to prepare for the Grand Slam, just weeks after he tested positive for Covid-19, and spoke at a news conference after his direct set victory over Ricardas Berankis.

Nadal says Djokovic would not be in the situation he is in if he was vaccinated and had to live with the “consequences” of his decisions.

Rafael Nadal (pictured on Thursday) took part in the drama about the deportation of Novak Djokovic

Rafael Nadal (pictured on Thursday) took part in the drama about the deportation of Novak Djokovic

Djokovic (pictured with his wife Jelena) will spend the next four days locked up in a refugee detention center before appealing to federal court.

Djokovic (pictured with his wife Jelena) will spend the next four days locked up in a refugee detention center before appealing to federal court.

Nadal spoke to the media after winning the Melbourne Summer Set warm-up tournament

Nadal spoke to the media after winning the Melbourne Summer Set warm-up tournament

“What is happening is not good for anyone, in my opinion the world number six and age-old rival Djokovic,” he said.

“It is (normal) that people here in Australia are very frustrated by the case (Djokovic) because they have gone through many very harsh restrictions and many people have not been able to return home.

“I believe what people who know about medicine say, and if people say we have to get vaccinated, we have to get vaccinated.

‘I went through COVID. I was vaccinated twice. If you do, you will have no problem playing here. That is the only clear thing.

“I don’t want the rest of the matter, nor do I want to tell you my opinion that I don’t have complete information.

“The only thing that is clear to me is that if you are vaccinated, you can play at the Australian Open and anywhere, and I think the world has suffered enough not to follow the rules.”

Djokovic will spend another four days locked up in a refugee detention center after a federal court adjourned his appeal to be admitted to the country to Monday.

Nadal admits that his tennis colleague is “sorry” for him, but says that Djokovic must bear the consequences for his decisions.

“I think if he wanted to, he would play here in Australia without any problems,” said the Spaniard.

Protesters stand in front of the Park Hotel, which is believed to be the place where Djokovic is currently being held.

Protesters stand in front of the Park Hotel, which is believed to be the place where Djokovic is currently being held.

Serb-loving fans cheered on his name outside a quarantine facility in Melbourne

Serb-loving fans cheered on his name outside a quarantine facility in Melbourne

Djokovic's defense at the Australian Open and his quest to become the best of all time are in doubt

Djokovic’s defense at the Australian Open and his quest to become the best of all time are in doubt

“He has made his own decisions and everyone is free to decide, but then there are some consequences.

“I do not support it [anybody]. Everyone has to do what they feel is good for them, but there are rules and some problems without a vaccine.

“It simply came to our notice then.

“Of course, I don’t like the situation. In a way, I’m sorry about him. But at the same time, he knew the conditions many months ago, so he decides for himself. “

Nadal’s grand slam preparations started very well on Thursday, beating Lithuanians Berankis 6-2, 7-5 to get into the last eight at the Melbourne Summer Set after saying goodbye in the first round.

Nadal talked about his age-old rival Djokovic after winning the sets in the second round in a row

Nadal talked about his age-old rival Djokovic after winning the sets in the second round in a row

Nadal and Djokovic compete to become the best male player of all time at a grand slam in Melbourne Park, each with 20 titles.

Legend Roger Federer is also in the 20 grand slam titles, but he misses the Australian Open.

Nadal is on a mission to raise the Australian Open trophy only for the second time since winning the 2009 Grand Slam.

The Australian Open begins on January 17.

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