Rafael Nadal ‘just a little bit drained’ of Novak Djokovic drama


Rafael Nadal already is bored with speaking concerning the unvaccinated Novak Djokovic forward of the Australian Open.

Nadal is showing in his first Grand Slam occasion for the reason that French Open in June on account of a foot damage. He shrugged Saturday when requested concerning the controversy surrounding Djokovic, the defending champion who’s dealing with exclusion from the match and deportation from the nation over visa points on account of his refusal to adjust to Australia’s vaccination guidelines for COVID-19.

NadalRafael Nadal mentioned he his rising bored with all of the drama surrounding Novak Djokovic’s vaccination standing. AP, Getty Images

“Honestly, I’m a little bit tired of the situation,” Nadal advised reporters in Melbourne. “The Australian Open is far more vital than any participant. If he’s enjoying, lastly, OK.

“If he’s not playing, the Australian Open will be a great Australian Open, with or without him. That’s my point of view.”

Nadal and Djokovic are tied with Roger Federer with 20 Grand Slam titles apiece, probably the most by a males’s participant in tennis historical past. Nadal is absolutely vaccinated, though he examined constructive for COVID-19 in December.

A panel of federal judges in Australia will determine Sunday whether or not the 34-year-old Djokovic – who’s slated to play his first-round match on Monday — will probably be deported with out taking part within the occasion.

“I wish him all the best,” Nadal, 35, added about Djokovic. “I really respect him, even if I [do] not agree with a lot of things that he did the last couple of weeks.”

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