Australian Open 2023: Novak Djokovic's father misses semifinal after being seen posing with pro-Russia fans

Novak Djokovic’s dad, Srdjan, didn’t attend his child’s triumph in the semifinals of the Australian Open on Friday. Srdjan Djokovic was seen positioning with viewers that generated prohibited Russian flags to Melbourne Park previously in the week.

According to the Associated Press, Srdjan Djokovic launched a declaration stating that he would not remain in participation, “so there is no disruption.” Novak Djokovic wound up beating Tommy Paul 7-5, 6-1, 6-2 in order to advance to the guys’s songs last, which will be used Sunday. 

Following the semifinal win, Novak Djokovic pertained to his dad’s defense by stating he had “absolutely no intention whatsoever to support any kind of war initiatives or anything like that” which he was sorry that the scenario “escalated so much.” He likewise mentioned that he wasn’t sure if his dad would remain in participation for Sunday’s last.

“Throughout the event, we’ve spoken with players and their teams about the importance of not engaging in any activity that causes distress or disruption,” Tennis Australia stated in a declaration following the scenario including Srdjan Djokovic. “We will continue to strive for the safety of fans at the event and reiterate our position banning flags from Belarus and Russia. Tennis Australia stands with the call for peace and an end to war and violent conflict in Ukraine.”

During Djokovic’s quarterfinal match versus Russia’s Andrey Rublev, Srdjan Djokovic might be seen standing with a group that was waving Russian flags beyond the primary arena. One of those guys was revealing an image of Vladimir Putin.

Four individuals were tossed out of the Grand Slam competition for generating a Russian flag and for threatening security personnel, according to cops.

This follows Tennis Australia altered their policy of permitting viewers to show flags of different nations at Melbourne Park. On Jan. 17, Tennis Australia revealed that fans aren’t allowed to generate Russian and Belarusian flags in the wake of Russia’s war with Ukraine. 

Over the in 2015, Russian and Belarusian professional athletes were prohibited from completing completely in occasions such as the guys’s World Cup, Wimbledon, the Billie Jean King Cup and Davis Cup as an outcome of the war in Ukraine. Russian and Belarusian gamers were enabled to take part in the Australian Open, French Open and United States Open, however should do so as “neutral athletes.”

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