Nadal ‘sorry’ for Djokovic but says Serb knew the risks

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FILE PHOTO: Tennis - French Open - Roland Garros, Paris, France - June 11, 2021 Spain's Rafael Nadal leaves court after losing his semi final match against Serbia's Novak Djokovic REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

FILE PHOTO: Spain’s Rafael Nadal leaves court after losing his semi final match against Serbia’s Novak Djokovic REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

MELBOURNE — Rafa Nadal said he felt sorry that Novak Djokovic was denied entry into Australia, but added that the Serb knew for months he could potentially face problems if he arrived without being vaccinated against COVID-19.

Djokovic, 34, was detained by officials at the border on Thursday amid a storm of protest about the decision to grant him a medical exemption from vaccination requirements to play in the Australian Open.

The world number one, who has won nine Australian Opens including the last three and is tied with Nadal and Roger Federer on 20 career Grand Slam titles, is holed up in a quarantine hotel in Melbourne as his lawyers contest the federal government’s entry ban.

“Of course I don’t like the situation that is…

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