Rafael Nadal issues staggering rebuke to Novak Djokovic over Australian Open visa fiasco

Novak Djokovic ‘made situation worse’ says Jo Durie

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Rafael Nadal has challenged Novak Djokovic’s anti-vax position, insisting the world No 1 must face the “consequences” of not being vaccinated having been ordered to fly home.

When asked whether he felt sorry for Djokovic’s situation or whether the world No 1 should have known better, Nadal said: “I don’t have an opinion on that.

“I think if he wanted, he would be playing here in Australia without a problem.

“He went through another – he made his own decisions, and everybody is free to take their own decisions, but then there are some consequences.

“Of course I don’t like the situation that is happening.

“In some way I feel sorry for him. But at the same time, he knew the conditions since a lot of months ago, so he makes his own decision.”

The Spaniard was also asked whether he would encourage his rival to get vaccinated.

He said: “I don’t encourage no one. I feel everyone have to do whatever feels that is good for him.

“But there are rules, and if you don’t want to get the vaccine, then you can have some troubles. That’s the thing.

“Of course after a lot of people had been dying for two years, my feeling is with the vaccine is the only way to stop this pandemic.

“That’s what the people who understands about this says, and I am no one to create a different opinion.”

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