Demands are coming in for Novak Djokovic’s father Srdjan to be banned from the Australian Open: ‘A shame’
Ukraine’s ambassador to Australia wants Novak Djokovic’s father banned from the Australian Open for posing with supporters of Russian President Vladimir Putin outside Melbourne Park.
A group of fans, including a man holding a Russian flag with Putin’s face on it, gathered on a stairway outside the Grand Slam complex on Wednesday.
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In a video posted to YouTube on Thursday, Srdjan Djokovic was filmed with the pro-Russian crowd speaking briefly in Serbian to the camera before departing.
It comes after Tennis Australia banned spectators from carrying and displaying Russian and Belarusian banners at Melbourne Park on day two of the tournament.
Australian Ambassador to Ukraine Vasyl Myroshnychenko says Tennis Australia should ban Srdjan Djokovic over ‘such a disgrace’
“It’s up to Tennis Australia to take action,” he told News Corp.
“I think it would be a very good idea not to let him in.
“I don’t know why he would say something like that, considering what the Russians are doing in Ukraine, how many people they have killed, tortured, raped and carried out all the summary executions against civilians.”
Novak Djokovic meets American Tommy Paul in the semifinals on Friday evening.
Tennis Australia issued a statement on Thursday that did not directly address Srdjan Djokovic’s actions.
“A small group of people displayed inappropriate flags and symbols and threatened security forces after a game on Wednesday night and were expelled,” it said.
“A patron now assists the police on unrelated matters.
“Players and their teams have been briefed and reminded of the event policy regarding flags and symbols and reminded to avoid any situation that has the potential to be disruptive.
“We continue to work closely with event security and law enforcement agencies.”
Historical and current Russian flags, the Russian eagle flag, Belarusian flags and clothing items bearing the Z symbol are prohibited in Melbourne Park.
TA had initially allowed spectators to bring Russian and Belarusian banners into Melbourne Park as long as they did not cause disruption, but the policy was quickly reversed.
This rule has been flouted on numerous occasions, but Wednesday night’s incident was clearly the most obvious.
Russian and Belarusian players, including Rublev, her Russian compatriot Karen Khachanov and Belarusian semi-finalists Aryna Sabalenka and Victoria Azarenka, were allowed to compete in Melbourne but had to do so under a neutral banner.
https://7news.com.au/sport/tennis/calls-come-for-novak-djokovics-father-to-be-banned-from-australian-open-a-disgrace-c-9572003 Demands are coming in for Novak Djokovic’s father Srdjan to be banned from the Australian Open: ‘A shame’