Problem about Novak Djokovic’s father
DrAustralian Open organizers have warned tennis players and their teams in Melbourne to ban certain flags and symbols after a video clip caused an uproar online. He plays Srdjan Djokovic, the father of the Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovicstanding with others behind the Russian flag with a portrait of Russian President Vladimir Putin at Melbourne Park.
Next to him is a man wearing a Z-shirt. The video was posted on his Youtube channel and has also been shared and commented on on other social media. Presumably after Novak Djokovic’s quarter-final match against the Russian Andrey Rublev To be recorded on Wednesday evening.
“The players and their teams have been made aware of the event guidelines regarding flags and symbols and reminded them to avoid any situations that could lead to disruption,” Tennis Australia said in a statement on Thursday.
The organizer of the match said that the Australian police questioned four spectators on charges of “displaying inappropriate flags and symbols and threatening security personnel.” Posts on Twitter show several spectators waving Russian and Serbian flags after the match and chanting “Serbia! Shout Russia!”
“It’s a shame,” Vasyl Miroshenko, Ukraine’s ambassador to Australia, tweeted. Soon after the start of the tournament, the Russian and Belarusian flags were placed on the field. Melbourne Parks will be banned.
During the match, a fan in a T-shirt with a white “Z” appeared in the stands. The “Z” is a sign of support for Russia, including the invasion of Ukraine. The “Z” is often seen on Russian military clothing and gear, and is also banned at the Australian Open.
Unlike Wimbledon, Russian and Belarusian tennis players are allowed to start under a neutral flag in Melbourne. Aryna Sabalenka and Victoria Azarenka of Belarus will compete in their semi-final matches on Thursday.
Jelena Rybakina, who was born in Moscow but now plays for Kazakhstan, is also a semi-finalist. For men, Russia’s Karen Khachanov will meet Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas in the top four round on Friday.