Srdjan Djokovic and the pro-Russian flag: "I didn't want to create this controversy"
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The controversy around Srdjan Djokovic, Novak's father, continues after the photos and videos published by various media at the end of the match between the Belgrade native and Andrey Rublev. Srdjan Djokovic joined the Serbian fans outside the Rod Laver Arena and was filmed with some men waving pro-Russian flags.
The images went around the world and the Ukrainian ambassador in Canberra called the gesture shameful. Srdjan has decided not to attend the semifinal between his son and Tommy Paul and to leave the place reserved for him in the box empty.
A choice, as Novak Djokovic himself explained, made in mutual agreement with the whole team.
Srdjan Djokovic: "My family experienced the horror of war"
Djokovic explained: "It wasn't nice not having him in the box during the semifinal.
I hope he will be there for the final. It is a pity that a misinterpretation of what happened has increased dramatically. My father met the fans after every single match in the main square to thank them for their support. He always took pictures.
The photo he took was in passing. I heard what he said in the video. He said hello. Unfortunately some media misinterpreted his words and really wrong," Djokovic explained. Before the semifinal of the bottom of the table, Srdjan then published a note and clarified his position: "I'm only here to support my son, I had no intention of creating this controversy.
I was out with Nole's fans, as I have done after every victory, to take pictures with them and celebrate. My family has experienced the horror of war and we wish only for peace. I decided to watch the semi-final from home so as not to inconvenience my son or any other player.
I'm hoping for a good match and I'll be rooting for Nole, as always," concluded the Serbian's father. Meanwhile, yesterday, Novak Djokovic competed in the Australian Open final against Stefanos Tsitsipas: the Serb wanted his 10th Australian Open titles and his 22nd Slam.