Despite the forced absence from the Melbourne Park courts, Novak Djokovic followed with great interest the final for the Australian Open title, which he was unable to defend due to the well-known legal reasons for which he was denied access to the village.
And he did it at his home in Belgrade in the company of his family. The number 1 in the world, after several days of silence on the affair that involved him, recently returned to speak on the microphones of the BBC. Among other things, Djokovic said he remained practically glued to the TV for the entire duration of the match between Daniil Medvedev and Rafael Nadal, who handed the Spaniard the 21st Grand Slam trophy at the end of a memorable comeback, overcoming the Serbian - as well as Roger Federer - for the number of Majors won in his career.
The curtain created at Djokovic's home during the Australian Open final was very nice, with his son Stefan and his wife Jelena side by side with Nadal and the other with Medvedev, as told by the Belgrade champion. The heart is not commanded, says the famous saying.
So if your heart, for example, beats for Rafael Nadal, you can't help it, even if the latter is one of your dad's greatest rivals. This is what happened to Stefan Djokovic, Novak's son, who cheered and jumped for joy at every point scored by the Majorcan against Daniil Medvedev in the 2022 Australian Open final.
"Thinking about the 2022 Australian Open final makes me smile because I have an image of my wife and son cheering for several players on the pitch that day. My son is a huge fan of Rafael Nadal," unveiled the world number 1.
"My wife instead cheered for Daniil Medvedev. For every point that Rafa made, Stefan jumped and punched like him." To the hilarious story, Novak Djokovic also added that little Stefan asked him when he would play against Nadal in order to take a picture with him.
I hope if I play Nadal, my son will cheer for me. But he asked me a few days ago: When will the next tournament you participate in where Rafa will play?' I said, I'm not sure. I hope it is very soon. Why do you ask me that? He replied:'Because I would love to take a picture with him!
We can organize ourselves, I'm sure!" concluded dad Novak.
Novak Djokovic: "I won't get vaccinated"
Novak Djokovic has finally come out of the closet. And he even said he was willing to give up tennis, and everything he has accumulated over the course of his career, rather than get vaccinated.
The Serbian tennis player, forced to abandon the Australian throne in surreal circumstances, confessed this in the course of a long interview released exclusively to the BBC. Is it possible to renounce Roland Garros and Wimbledon then? "Yes, this is the price I am willing to pay," he explained forcefully.
The twenty-time Grand Slam champion then reiterated his thesis. "I have never been against vaccinations in my life, but I have always advocated the freedom to choose what to put in your body and what not. The principles of decision making about my person and especially my body are more important than any title or other in the world of tennis.
I'm trying to be in tune with my body as much as possible. The crack? "I understand that globally everyone is trying to make a great effort to manage this virus and hopefully see an end to this virus soon." On the plate, of course, also speculations.
Djokovic was accused of manipulating the tests in order to obtain a medical exemption. Necessary for those without vaccine in the state of Victoria. "I do not like. I don't like it being thought that he did something to get a positive test and eventually go to Australia.
I was sad and disappointed with the way it all ended for me in Australia. It wasn't easy. The visa declaration error was not made deliberately. The reason I was expelled from Australia is because the Immigration Minister used his discretion to cancel my visa based on his perception that I could create anti-vax sentiment in the country or city, which is what I disagree," he said.