11 Jan 2022 | 07:58 | Tennis
Rafael Nadal admits he does not want Novak Djokovic to attend the Australian Open 2022, but respects the court’s decision.
After Novak Djokovic won the visa cancellation lawsuit by the Border Force, Rafael Nadal shared on Onda Cero .
“From a sporting point of view, I don’t want Djokovic to participate in the tournament, but I wish him all the best. The judiciary has spoken, and I respect the decision they made, even though I agree with it. Talk to Djokovic about some things or not,” said Nadal.
Djokovic’s hearing took place on the morning of January 10 and lasted about 5 hours, with 3 delays. Judge Anthony Kelly sided with the world number one tennis player, explaining that he had a medical exemption from Tennis Australia, enough for the judge to revoke the authorities’ decision to cancel his visa.
“To me, the decision seemed perfect and correct. Justice is what has to be said in this case, and I have always defended justice. The judge made the decision, and it was indeed a good settlement. most,” added Nadal.
Judge Kelly said Djokovic’s decision to cancel his visa was unreasonable, as he was notified at 5:20 a.m. on January 6 and could wait until 8:30 a.m. for a response. However, the Border Force canceled the visa at 7:42 am. Judge Kelly said this robbed Djokovic of time to get help.
While Djokovic was entangled in controversy, Nadal marked his return with the title at the Melbourne Open on January 9. The Spaniard overcame American Maxime Cressy 7-6 (6), 6-3 in the final.
Nadal and Djokovic will look forward to the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam tournament of the year, starting from January 17.