Bombshell video surfaced of Novak Djokovic’s father Srdjan with Putin supporters at the Australian Open
Footage has emerged of Novak Djokovic’s father Srdjan posing for photos with a group of Vladimir Putin supporters at the Australian Open on Wednesday night.
Djokovic had just beat Russia’s Andrey Rublev in straight sets to qualify for his 10th semifinal but there were ugly scenes after the match.
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Four bystanders, including a man holding a Russian flag with Vladimir Putin’s face on it, were questioned by Victoria Police and evicted from Melbourne Park after allegedly threatening security.
A group of fans gathered on the steps in front of Rod Laver Arena and Margaret Court Arena and began chanting, some holding or carrying various Russian flags.
In a video posted to the pro-Russian YouTube channel Aussie Cossack, Srdjan can be seen posing for a picture with a man holding a Russian flag with Putin’s face and wearing a T-shirt with the pro- War Z symbol on it.
Srdjan was reported to say “zivejli Russiyani” to the man, apparently showing his support for Russia. The phrase was translated by the YouTube channel as “Long live the Russians.”
The YouTube channel is run by Simeon Boikov, who has issued an arrest warrant for him over an alleged attack on a 76-year-old man at a pro-Ukraine rally in Sydney.
Ukrainian tennis player Marta Kostyuk tweeted her shock at the revelations with several overwhelming emojis.
Tennis Australia responded to the new controversy on Thursday.
“Players and their teams have been briefed on event guidelines regarding flags and symbols, and reminded to avoid situations that could lead to disruption,” Tennis Australia said in a statement.
“We continue to work closely with event security and law enforcement agencies.”
Victoria Police confirmed four men were evicted from Melbourne Park.
“Police spoke to four men after a Russian flag was placed on the steps of the tennis court at around 10:20 p.m. on Wednesday, January 25,” Victoria Police said in a statement.
“All four men were expelled.”
TA initially allowed spectators to bring Russian and Belarusian banners into Melbourne Park as long as they did not cause disturbance.
But the policy was reversed last Tuesday morning after a Russian flag was prominently displayed on the sidelines during a game involving Ukraine player Kateryna Baindl.
This rule has been flouted on numerous occasions, but Wednesday night’s incident was clearly the most obvious.
Russian and Belarusian players like Russia’s Rublev and Karen Khachanov, as well as Belarus’ Aryna Sabalenka and Victoria Azarenka are allowed to compete in Melbourne but must do so under a neutral banner.
They were banned from Wimbledon last year by the All England Club in response to the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Russia is Belarus’ largest and most important economic and political partner.
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