Novak Djokovic concedes his father’s incident with pro-Russian protesters after his Australian Open quarter-final impacted him during Friday night’s semi-final, and denied he and his family supported their cause.
The nine-time champion explained Srdjan Djokovic was “misused” by the fans, who breached tournament rules by showing Russian flags and wearing the pro-war ‘Z’ symbol associated with support of the invasion of Ukraine, when he posed for photos and a video with them.
Instead Srdjan had just been “passing through” and greeting fans as he has done throughout the tournament, according to Novak, who claimed his father had been mistranslated – that he said “cheers” not “long live the Russians”.
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