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After scandal about father Djokovic: mother alone in the final - dad's place is empty


Did Novak Djokovic's father Srdjan attend a pro-Russia demonstration? The photo caused a stir - now the dad is staying away from the final.

Did Novak Djokovic's father Srdjan attend a pro-Russia demonstration?

The photo caused a stir - now the dad is staying away from the final.

Update from January 29, 11:21 a.m

.: Novak Djokovic's father Srdjan apparently decided not to visit the final of the Australian Open on Sunday.

The Serbian superstar's box seat next to his mother Dijana remained empty at the Rod Laver Arena.

After his semi-final victory, Djokovic said he wanted his father to return.

He also spoke of "misinterpretations at a high level" in relation to the much-discussed photos and video recordings in front of a Russian flag.

Srdjan Djokovic "had no intention whatsoever" of "supporting any war initiatives," said the tennis professional.

His father thought he was posing with Serbian fans.

Russia scandal about Djokovic's father: inglorious video appeared

First report from January 26, 3:30 p.m.: Melbourne – In Melbourne, the Ukraine war is far away – and yet so close.

Before the women's semi-finals, Vladimir Putin cast a long shadow over the "Happy Slam" in midsummer in Australia.

Russian flags and battle cries, the likeness of the aggressor from the Kremlin and symbols of war at the Australian Open - once again it was shown that sport and politics cannot be separated.

Not even at the other end of the world.

Novak Djokovic

Born: May 22, 1987 (age 35), Belgrade, Serbia

Grand Slam wins: 21

Australian Open wins: 9th

Novak Djokovic's father attends pro-Putin demo

Srdjan Djokovic, among others, caused a stir.

The father of the Serbian record champion Novak Djokovic played an inglorious role in the pro-Putin demonstration.

On a video he is standing next to a man who has the sign "Z" on his shirt.

The "Z" symbol is considered a sign of support for Russia, especially in relation to the war of aggression against Ukraine.

As a result, the organizer of the Australian Open was forced to make a statement: "Players and their teams have been briefed on the event guidelines with regard to flags and symbols and reminded to avoid all situations that have the potential for disruptions."


Novak Djokovic's father Srdjan (far left) took part in a pro-Russia demonstration.

© Twitter/Imago/Schreyer

Australian Open: Ukraine war can also be felt in Melbourne

Some fans were questioned by Australian police after Djokovic's impressive win against Rublev (6-2, 6-1, 6-2) for "displaying inappropriate flags and symbols and threatening security personnel".

Ukrainian Ambassador to Australia Vasyl Miroshnychenko tweeted: "It's such a shame."

The father of tennis star Novak Djokovic is under fire for posing with pro-Russian fans at the Australian Open.

It's sparked a new political storm, as spectators clashed with security guards. #7NEWS

— 7NEWS Australia (@7NewsAustralia) January 26, 2023

Unlike in Wimbledon, for example, Russian and Belarusian players are allowed to start under a neutral flag in Melbourne.

The IOC is also about to relax the sanctions against athletes from Russia and Belarus.

"Such incidents" have nothing to do with the players, said the Belarusian after her defeat against the Russian-born Jelena Rybakina, who now starts for Kazakhstan.

Azarenka, visibly annoyed, dodged questions about Russian flags and war symbols on the site, saying no matter what she said, it would be used against her.

discussion ended.

At least in the short term.


List of rubrics: © Twitter/Imago/Schreyer

Source: merkur

All sports articles on 2023-01-29

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