Rafael Nadal had little sympathy for long-time rival Novak Djokovic, saying on Thursday that he should face the results for not being vaccinated in opposition to coronavirus. The world primary was stopped by border officers on arrival to Australia late Wednesday and his visa was cancelled for failing to satisfy Covid vaccine-entry necessities. He faces deportation however has launched a court docket problem to remain within the nation and play at this month’s Australian Open the place each he and Nadal can be chasing a file twenty first Grand Slam title.
Nadal contracted Covid final month and stated he was a giant believer in getting vaccinated to stem a pandemic wherein “lots of people had been dying”.
“I went by way of the Covid, I’ve been vaccinated twice. In case you do that, you haven’t any drawback to play right here. That is the one clear factor,” he stated in Melbourne after profitable his first singles match on the ATP Tour since August.
“The one for me clear factor is in case you are vaccinated, you’ll be able to play within the Australian Open and in all places, and the world in my view have been struggling sufficient to not observe the principles.
“He made his personal choices, and all people is free to take their very own choices, however then there are some penalties,” he added of Djokovic.
“In fact I do not just like the state of affairs that’s occurring. Indirectly I really feel sorry for him.
“However on the similar time, he knew the circumstances since quite a lot of months in the past, so he makes his personal determination.”
Djokovic had claimed on Instagram this week that he had obtained an exemption to play within the Australian Open with out being vaccinated.
The 34-year-old has refused to disclose his vaccine standing publicly, however has beforehand voiced opposition to being jabbed.
However the information sparked outrage in a rustic that has endured months of restrictions and lockdowns, and Nadal stated he understood the response.
“Loads of households have been struggling loads over the past two years with all of the pandemic,” he stated.
“I imply, it is regular that the individuals right here in Australia get very annoyed with the (Djokovic) case as a result of they’ve been going by way of quite a lot of very laborious lockdowns, and lots of people weren’t in a position to come again house.”
The Australian Open begins on January 17.
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