Rafa Nadal called Novak Djokovic’s COVID-19 vaccination controversy in Australia “a circus” and joked that he would prefer that the world number one tennis player didn’t play at the upcoming Australian Open.
Djokovic was released from Australian immigration detention on Monday after winning a court challenge to remain in the country to pursue his bid for a record 21st Grand Slam title at the Australian Open.
Rafa told Spanish radio station Onda Cero:
Whether or not I agree with Djokovic on some things, justice has spoken and has said that he has the right to participate in the Australian Open and I think it is the fairest decision to do so, if it has been resolved that way. I wish him the best of luck.
On a personal level, I’d much rather he didn’t play! (laughs)
It’s sports, many interests move around it, on a general level, at an economic, advertising level. Everything is much better when the best can be playing.
The most important institutions in the world say that the vaccine is the way to stop this pandemic and the disaster that we have been living for the last 20 months.