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Australian Open: Djokovic's father again absent for the final


Novak Djokovic's father did not attend the start of the Australian Open final between his son and Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas on Sunday, after a controversy arose from images on which he was seen posing with supporters. Russians outside the stadium in Melbourne.

Srdjan Djokovic, already absent in Friday's semi-final, was not seated in the stands with his son's coaching staff, the seat he usually occupies alongside his wife Dijana remaining empty.

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Read alsoAt the heart of a controversy over a Russian flag, Novak Djokovic's father gives up attending the semi-final

A video posted on a pro-Russian Australian YouTube account on Thursday showed Srdjan Djokovic posing outside the stadium with a man holding a Russian flag bearing the likeness of President Vladimir Putin.

The video was captioned: "Novak Djokovic's father makes bold political statement."

The Ukrainian ambassador to Australia, Vasyl Myroshnychenko, then asked that Srdjan Djokovic's accreditation be withdrawn.

Faced with the controversy, Srdjan Djokovic had not attended his son's victory in the semi-final against Tommy Paul so as not to "cause disturbances", declaring in a press release that he only wanted "peace".

Novak Djokovic, "affected" by this controversy, had hoped that his father could attend the final on Sunday.

Source: lefigaro

All sports articles on 2023-01-29

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