Australians have responded with anger and skepticism to the news that No. 1 Novak Djokovic has been granted an exemption to compete in this year’s Australian Open in Melbourne. Here’s what Rafael Nadal‘s uncle and former coach, Toni Nadal, wrote in his El Pais column:
I must admit that, until Tuesday’s announcement, I thought that the Serbian player would give up participating in the tournament or that he would get the vaccine.
The way I understand it, if you have requested and received an exemption then it’s because you must not have been administered any of the authorised [vaccines].
There are almost six million people who have lost their lives due to this damn virus and many other millions who have received the vaccine.
I want to think that Novak is no stranger to all this and that he will clear up the doubts as a sign of human sensitivity and understanding.