Case-Novak Djokovic arouses resentment among players: 'No one is more important than a tournament'

According to Nadal and many other tennis players, attention should be focused on the Australian Open instead of the case around Djokovic, which has been dragging on for a week and a half. On Sunday it should finally become clear whether the number 1 in the world will participate in the tournament from Monday or whether he will be expelled from the country.

“The Australian Open is much more important than one player. If he ends up playing, ok. If he doesn’t play, it’s going to be a great Australian Open,” said Nadal. “I’m getting a little tired of the whole situation. It’s important to talk about our sport, about tennis.”

“I’m getting a little tired of the whole situation”

Stefanos Tsitsipas, the world’s number 4, said earlier in the week that Djokovic “sets his own rules.” The Greek tennis player did not want to add much more on Saturday. “I’m here to talk about tennis, not Novak Djokovic. But I won’t lie. It has been in the news constantly for the past few weeks. This case has gotten a lot of attention, a lot of people are talking about it. That’s why I’m here to talk about tennis, because it hasn’t been discussed enough in recent weeks and that’s a shame.”

Resentment among players

According to the Australian Alex de Minaur, the Djokovic case is causing resentment among the players. “The whole situation has taken the attention away from the participants. We are here to play the Australian Open. If you want to enter the country, you must be double vaccinated. It was up to him, it’s his choices,” said De Minaur about Djokovic.

Naomi Osaka

Naomi Osaka, the women’s defending champion, knows what it feels like to be the center of a riot. The Japanese decided to boycott the media last year prior to Roland Garros. Osaka eventually withdrew as a result of all the fuss. “This is an unfortunate situation,” Osaka said. “Novak is a great tennis player and it’s quite sad that some people now remember him mainly because of this. I know what it’s like to be in a situation like that, when all the questions are about you and you read comments from other players about you. That’s not nice.”

WTA Tournament Sydney

Paula Badosa and Madison Keys head to Melbourne for the Australian Open with a tournament win. The Spanish won the WTA tournament in Sydney. Keys was the best in Adelaide.

The 24-year-old Badosa defeated the Czech Barbora Krejcikova, the number 4 in the world, in the final in three sets. The decision fell in the tiebreak: 6-3 4-6 7-6 (4). For the Spanish number 9 in the world, it meant her third title on the WTA Tour. Last year she won the Belgrade and Indian Wells tournaments. Badosa also qualified for the WTA Finals in Mexico, where she made the final four.

Keys convincingly won the American meeting with Alison Riske in the final in Adelaide. The 26-year-old Keys was done with her compatriot after just over an hour: 6-1 6-2. The American, who dropped to place 87 in the world ranking, recorded her sixth tournament victory. The 2017 US Open finalist will start the Australian Open in the first round next week against her 11th-seeded compatriot Sofia Kenin, who won the first grand slam tournament of the year in 2020.

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