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Did Rafael Nadal receive preferential COVID-19 treatment from Australia compared to Novak Djokovic?



Sydney FC star Milos Ninkovic accused the Australian government of double standards around the application of the COVID-19 rules for Rafael Nadal compared to Novak Djokovic.

Australian immigration authorities canceled Djokovic’s visa because he was not vaccinated when he arrived in Melbourne last week, before winning a historic court hearing on Monday that restored his freedom in Australia.

Ninkovic, a two-time Australian A-League medalist for Johnny Warren who shares Serbian nationality with Djokovic, suggested the tennis superstar was treated unfairly by the Australian government and abided by a different set of rules than the tennis legend. Rafael Nadal.

Nadal revealed that he tested positive for COVID-19 in Spain on December 20 after returning from an exhibition event in Abu Dhabi. The Spaniard then arrived in Melbourne on December 31 to begin his preparations for the Australian Open.

Travel tips about the Australian Government Department of Health website states that all incoming travelers to Australia cannot enter the country if it has been less than 14 days since they received a positive COVID-19 test, even if the person has been vaccinated.

“Many tennis players received an exemption based on medical documentation, and only Novak was jailed,” Ninkovic said in a translated interview with a Serbian publication. delivery courier.

“If you are an Australian citizen and you are not in the country, and you have COVID-19 in another country, you cannot enter Australia for the next 14 days. This applies to Australian citizens, but also to everyone else.

“No one asked the question … I remember Nadal announced that he was infected on December 20 or 19 … and entered Australia on December 30 or 31. Less than two weeks have passed.”

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Ninkovic also spoke in detail about his feelings about the Djokovic situation and criticized the Australian government for its handling of the problem.

“From the beginning, this is a political game. Every man who thinks with his head is aware of that,” Ninkovic said.

“However, here, in this country, the vast majority of people form their opinion based on the media and what television serves them.

“Most think this has nothing to do with politics and that Novak wanted to enter Australia by force. And that’s funny … Novak had all the necessary documentation.

“They knew what they were doing from the beginning. They were waiting for him to land and shut it down. If it weren’t for the political game, they would have allowed him to be with his team in the house he rented.”

Djokovic has currently started his preparations to win a 10th Australian Open crown, but his future in Australia is still clouded, with Immigration Minister Alex Hawke still deciding whether to use his personal power to cancel the Serb’s visa once again.




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