NOVAK DJOKOVIC has been stoned by Rafael Nadal for not taking a Covid-19 vaccine amid a huge back-to-back at the Australian Open.
The Serbian star will be held in a detention center until Monday after being denied entry to Oz despite a medical exemption.
He flew to the tennis tournament starting January 17 despite refusing to take the coronavirus hit.
Djokovic sparked outrage after being given the right to pass, with Australia subject to strict quarantine and entry rules.
But border forces have been keeping him near Melbourne Airport since last night after claiming he did not have the correct visa.
And Nadal – who is playing warm-up – has no sympathy for a formidable opponent.
The Spaniard – who beat Ricardas Berankis yesterday – said: “It looks like a difficult situation.
“At the end of the day, the only thing that I can say is that we have had very difficult times and a lot of families have suffered a lot in the last two years with the pandemic.
“I mean, the people in Australia here are very upset with this because they’ve had to go through a lot of very difficult lockdowns and a lot of people haven’t been able to return home.
“From my point of view, that’s the only thing I can say is that I believe what the medical savvy say, and if people say we need to get vaccinated, we need to get vaccinated. ask for.”
“I’ve been through Covid. I’ve been vaccinated twice. If you do this, you have no problem playing here. That’s the only obvious thing.
“The only clear thing is that if you get vaccinated you can play at the Australian Open and everywhere, and the world in my opinion has suffered enough not to follow the rules.”
A string of extremely active research showed Omicron IS to be milder than other strains, with the first official UK report showing a 50 to 70 per cent lower risk of hospitalization than Delta.
However, Nadal did sympathize with the way Djokovic was treated at the border after entering Australia amid a major political storm.
He added: “I think if he wanted to, he would play here in Australia without any problems.
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“He went through another step – he made his own decisions and everyone was free to make their own decisions, but then there were some consequences.
“Of course I don’t like the situation that is going on.
“In a way, I feel sorry for him but at the same time he knew the conditions so many months ago, so he made his own decision.”
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/4405091/novak-djokovic-rafael-nadal-vaccine-australian-open/ ‘People have had enough’ – Novak Djokovic was kicked by Rafael Nadal for not taking a Covid vaccine in the context of the Australian Open