Novak Djokovic has been dragged into the Russian protest row at the Australian Open up right after his father, Srdjan Djokovic, was filmed standing with professional-Vladimir Putin demonstrators this morning. Srdjan is read indicating, ‘Long Are living Russia’ in Serbian in the surprising clip from Melbourne.
On Wednesday, a group of professional-Russia admirers gathered exterior the Rod Laver Arena and Margaret Court docket Arena.
They were proudly chanting, ‘Russia, Serbia’ soon after Djokovic cruised into the semi-finals with a straight sets earn against Andrey Rublev.
This early morning, Victoria Law enforcement questioned 4 Australian Open up website visitors, one proudly keeping a Russian flag with President Putin’s encounter on it, immediately after allegedly threatening stability at Melbourne Park.
And Srdjan has seemingly been noticed in a online video, standing with the protestors ahead of indicating, ‘Long Live Russia’ and going for walks absent.
Absent from the controversy, there is tennis motion to tuck into…
On the court docket this morning, the women’s semi-finals just take put to set up Saturday’s closing, a possibly all-Belarusian affair.
Elena Rybakina faces Victoria Azarenka in advance of Magda Linette and Aryna Sabalenka clash at the Rod Laver Arena.
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