According to Nadal and many other tennis players, attention should focus on the Australian Open rather than the Djokovic issue, which has been going on for a week and a half. On Sunday, it should finally be clear whether the world number one seed will take part in the tournament from Monday or whether he will be expelled from the country.
“The Australian Open is a lot more important than one player. If he ends up playing, well. If he doesn’t play, the Australian Open is going to be great,” Nadal said. “I’m a little tired of the whole situation. It is important to talk about our sport and tennis.”
“I’m a little tired of the whole situation.”
World number four Stefanos Tsitsipas said earlier in the week that Djokovic was “making his own rules”. The Greek tennis player did not want to add more on Saturday. “I’m here to talk about tennis, not Novak Djokovic. But I’m not going to lie. He’s been in the news constantly over the past few weeks. This issue has gotten a lot of attention, and a lot of people are talking about it. That’s why I’m here to talk about tennis, because it hasn’t It’s been discussed enough in recent weeks and that’s a shame.”
According to Australian Alex de Minaur, the case of Djokovic is dismaying the players. “The whole situation caught the attention of the participants. We are here to play the Australian Open. If you want to enter the country, you have to get a double vaccination. It’s up to him, it’s his choices,” De Minor said of Djokovic.
Naomi Osaka, the women’s title holder, knows what it’s like to be the center of a riot. The Japanese decided to boycott the media last year before 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 sad that some people remember him now mainly because of this. I know what it’s like in a situation like this, when all the questions are about you and you read comments from other players about you. It’s not nice.”
WTA Sydney Championship
Paula Padusa and Madison Keys head to Melbourne for the Australian Open to win the tournament. The Spaniards won the WTA Championships in Sydney. Keys was the best in Adelaide.
The 24-year-old Badusa beat Czech Barbora Krejkova, ranked 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 ranked No. 9 in the world, this meant her third WTA Tour title. Last year she won the Belgrade and Indian Wells Championships. Padusa also qualified for the WTA Finals in Mexico, reaching the last four.
Keys convincingly won America’s meet with Allison Riske in the final in Adelaide. The 26-year-old Keys finished with her countryman just over an hour later: 6-1 6-2. The American, who slipped from 87th in the world rankings, scored her sixth win of the tournament. The 2017 US Open finalist will start the Australian Open in the first round next week against compatriot 11th seed Sofia Kenin, who won her first grand slam of the year in 2020.