TENNIS Rafael Nadal was not very kind to his Serbian rival

Australian Open: A big tournament « with or without him »... Rafael Nadal pays Novak Djokovic

Rafael Nadal — Simon Baker/AP/SIPA

Rafael Nadal lets loose, and it’s rare enough to be reported. The Spaniard is taken to Novak Djokovic​ Saturday and regrets that this case overshadows the interest of the Australian Open, as the tournament begins on January 17. “The Australian Open is far more important than any player,” Rafael Nadal on Saturday over Djokovic, who is waging a legal battle against his deportation from Australia.

“The Australian Open will be a great Australian Open with or without him” ;, affirmed; the world No.6 to reporters from Melbourne Park, saying “disagreed with a lot of things he’s done in the past two weeks”.

A visa canceled twice

This declaration came a few hours after the return to an administrative detention center of “Djoko” to Melbourne. The Serb wins a 21st Grand Slam title, which would be a new record, with a unit; more than the Swiss Roger Federer and than Nadal himself. His visa was canceled for the second time by the Australian government, which maintains that the unvaccinated player against Covid-19 constitutes a public danger.