“Hoping RAFA WINS,” says Australian Sports Minister after Novak Djokovic gets medical exemption

Australian Sports minister hopes that Rafael Nadal wins Australian Open, after Novak Djokovic's medical exemption.

Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal
Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal

Novak Djokovic flew down to Melbourne after receiving a medical exemption from the authorities in the victorian government. However, World No.1 has received a lot of criticism from players, fans, and even the ministers in the Victorian legislative council for playing the tournament unvaccinated.

One of the voices of criticism came from the acting sports minister of the Victorian Legislative council named Jaala Pulford. In an interview with Nine News Melbourne, Pulford said, “I hope that Rafael Nadal wins.”

After Novak Djokovic’s controversial participation the acting Sports Minister hopes Rafa wins Australian Open

Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic

There has been a lot of criticism around Novak Djokovic’s participation at the Australian Open. World No.1 was given a medical exemption to fly down to Melbourne and participate in the Australian Open.

However, Djokovic has received a lot of criticism in the past few days for playing the Australian Open unvaccinated. He has received criticism from fans, players, and even the ministers in the Victorian Legislative Council.

The acting sports minister Jaala Pulford in an interview with Nine News Melbourne when questioned about the decision to give Djokovic the medical exemption, she said, “It is what it is. Um. Sought of hoping Rafa wins though.” This may also portray that people are unhappy with Djokovic’s participation in the Australian Open, without being vaccinated.

The city of Melbourne has been through one of the harshest lockdowns in the world. This is why they had put in extra safety measures to ensure that a Covid-free tournament. However, Djokovic participating without being vaccinated might hamper the safety standards that Tennis Australia wanted to ensure.

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