Rafael Nadal: "I want Djokovic in as many tournaments as possible"

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Rafael Nadal: "I want Djokovic in as many tournaments as possible"

After the Federal Court ruling, Novak Djokovic left Australia and reached Belgrade. The Serbian champion, for the moment, has decided not to publicly talk about the affair that has involved him in the last few weeks and to spend time with his family.

The latest statements released by Djokovic remain those reported by The Age newspaper a few hours after the cancellation of the visa. "I would like to make a brief statement to address the court decision. Now I will take some time to rest and recover before commenting on everything better.

I am extremely disappointed with the decision made. This means that I will not be able to stay in the country and therefore I will miss the Australian Open 2022. It annoys me that the focus of the last few weeks has been on me and I hope that now we can all focus on the matches and watch an event that I really love.

I wish all the best to the players, tournament officials, all staff, volunteers and fans. I also wish the best of the competition itself. Finally, I would like to thank all my family, friends, team, Serbian fans and friends who have never stopped encouraging me in the last few days.

All of you have been a great source of strength for me in these very difficult times." Interview by Onda Cero at the end of the match won against Yannick Hanfmann, Rafael Nadal returned to express his opinion on the affair.

"I've always said that I respect everyone's opinion. The opinions that Djokovic and I have on vaccines are very different. The numbers tell us that many people have died as a result of the pandemic. It is true that the vaccine arrived much faster than expected and I understand that there are people who have doubts.

We still don't know 100%. However, we know very well the effects that the virus has on people. If we hadn't been vaccinated, the death toll would have been higher. I try to follow people who are prepared on this issue.

I want Djokovic to participate in as many tournaments as possible, because I like to see the best and Nole is one of them."

Toni Nadal: "Novak Djokovic has a big problem"

After the decision of the Australian Federal Court regarding the cancellation of his visa, Novak Djokovic returned to his Belgrade and was greeted by hundreds of fans at Nikola Tesla airport.

The Serbian champion, however, has decided not to indulge in the crowd and to return directly to his family. After days of silence, Djokovic appeared again in public, as some photos posted on social media by his fans testify.

The newspaper Informer subsequently made it known that the Belgrade participated in a religious service at the Ruzica church. Commenting on the statements made by the French minister of sport Roxana Maracineanu regarding the bill (already approved, ed) which provides for the introduction of the vaccination pass in France, Toni Nadal spoke about Djokovic's future.

"You can have your ideas on a topic, but at a given moment I think a person should review his position," Uncle Toni told Onda Cero microphones. "It is said that he will not even be able to play Roland Garros.

Nole has a big problem right now. He has no choice but to stop and think and change his beliefs about him. We hope that the pandemic passes as quickly as possible and things return to normal. " Toni Nadal then spoke about Rafael Nadal's chances of winning at the Australian Open.

The Majorcan is the only one of the Big 3 present in Melbourne and could have a great opportunity to overtake Roger Federer and Djokovic in the fight for the Grand Slam primacy. "If there is one thing that Rafa stands out in it is the desire to win as many games as possible.

Sometimes it's okay, sometimes not. Winning Grand Slam tournaments is what drives him to play again, but he has already said that his life would not change if he won one more or less tournament than Roger and Novak. He has already done something incredible by winning 20 Grand Slams. "