In an interview with CNN on Saturday, the 35-year-old, who is in Melbourne ahead of next week’s Australian Open, expressed disappointment at how Novak Djokovic’s back-and-forth Visa saga overshadowed the tournament, calling it a described. “Circus.”
Djokovic was detained by Australia’s border authorities on Saturday morning, in accordance with a court order set out on Friday after Australia’s Immigration Minister Alex Hawke revoked his visa for the second time.
1 in the men’s world will now spend Saturday night in pre-immigration detention, before facing a Federal Court hearing on Sunday morning, Australia time, in a last attempt to overturn the ruling.
Justifying his decision to revoke the tennis champion’s visa, Immigration Minister Hawke said Djokovic’s current presence in Australia could lead to “an increase in anti-vaccination sentiment” or even “civil unrest,” court filings show. could be the reason.
“I’m just a circus player from the outside. But, like I said, I’m a little tired of the matter,” Nadal told CNN. “I think it went too far. I wish Novak the best. And that’s it, I want to play tennis.”
When the tournament starts next week, the former world No. 1 is looking to increase his tally to 20 majors – a record he shares with Roger Federer and Djokovic. Nadal confirmed that he had not seen or spoken to Djokovic in recent days.
When asked about the impact of Djokovic’s vaccine skepticism on people who see the world No. 1 as a role model, Nadal said that while he respects his opponent, “people who are in a position that One can make, or may be, the effect on other people that needs to be accounted for.”
“I respect him as a person. Of course, a lot as an athlete. Even if I don’t agree with his way of thinking about moving forward with this pandemic,” Nadal said. Nadal said, “I really believe in vaccination… and when you make your decisions it has some consequences. We’ve done a lot of things together. I think positive things for my sport and I I wish him well.”
He said, “What we are facing around the world is much more important than tennis and tennis players… Millions of people have already died and so many families are almost two-thirds of this terrible (pandemic).” Years are paying off,” he said.
Nadal, who is returning from a leg injury, said the Australian Open would be “great with or without Novak Djokovic”, adding that no one is more important in the history of the sport than the sport.