Rafael Nadal wants clarity in Djokovic case, players tired of saga

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Spain's Rafael Nadal practices in the lead-up to the 2022 Australian Open tennis tournament at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia, January 3, 2022.

Spain’s Rafael Nadal practices in the lead-up to the 2022 Australian Open tennis tournament at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia, January 3, 2022. REUTERS/Loren Elliott/File Photo

MELBOURNE—Rafa Nadal said on Saturday “too many questions” still needed to be answered concerning Novak Djokovic’s bid to play at the Australian Open, while other leading players lamented how the saga had overshadowed the year’s first Grand Slam.

The lead-up to the tournament has been completely dominated by world number one Djokovic’s battle to compete at Melbourne Park in the face of a government trying to deport him after cancelling his visa twice.

Questions remain over how Djokovic was given a health exemption by Australian authorities to play in the tournament without being vaccinated for COVID-19, only to have his visa cancelled on arrival.

Doubts have also been raised over the

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