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Australian Open 2022: Players tired of the Djokovic circus – Alex de Minaur

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Australian Open 2022: Australian Open players are tired of the Novak Djokovic saga overshadowing the year’s first Grand Slam and want the spotlight back on the tennis, Australian number one Alex de Minaur said on Saturday.

Australian Open 2022: Players tired of the Djokovic circus – Alex de Minaur

The leadup has been completely dominated by world number one Djokovic’s battle to compete in the tournament in the face of a government trying to deport him after canceling his visa twice.

Australian Open 2022: Players tired of the Djokovic circus - De Minaur
Australian Open 2022: Players tired of the Djokovic circus – De Minaur

“I think first of all, this whole situation has taken a lot of spotlight away from us competitors,” the 32nd seed Alex de Minaur told reporters at Melbourne Park.

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“We’re here to play the Australian Open. We’re here on our own terms ready to compete, hopefully have a very good couple weeks.

Australian Open 2022: Players tired of the Djokovic circus – Alex de Minaur

“It feels like it’s taking away from us competitors who just want to start. We’re just eager to go out and compete. The Australian Open is always an incredible event, my home Slam, my favorite tournament.

“To be honest, I’m just ready to put all of this behind me and focus on playing my tennis matches, kind of let my tennis do the talking.”

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Alex de Minaur declined to add his voice to the criticism of the Serb but said Djokovic’s decision not to vaccinate was at odds with what normal Australians were required to do.

“Look, Australians have gone through a lot. There’s no secret about that,” he said.

“They’ve had it very tough. They’ve done a lot of work to protect themselves and their borders.

Australian Open 2022:  “When you’re coming in, as well as every other tennis player, if you wanted to come into the country, you had to be double vaccinated. It was up to him, his choices, his judgment.

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Australian Open 2022: Players tired of the Djokovic circus – Alex de Minaur

 

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