The Serbian famous person simply booked his position within the event semi-finals through beating Russia’s Andrey Rublev in immediately units on the Rod Laver Enviornment on Wednesday night time.
After the fit, a gaggle of lovers unfurled Russian flags close to the stadium, together with one with the face of Vladimir Putin, whilst chanting pro-Russian slogans.
Tennis Australia mentioned 4 other folks “displayed beside the point flags and logos and threatened safety guards”. The police had been known as and so they had been kicked out of Melbourne Park.
A video later posted on a pro-Russian Australian YouTube account presentations Djokovic’s father Srjan posing with a person maintaining a Putin flag.
The video was once captioned: “Novak Djokovic’s father makes a daring political observation.”
Serbian tennis newshounds showed that it was once Djokovic’s father, and the Melbourne Age reported that he mentioned in Serbian, “Lengthy are living Russia.” Spectators are barred from having the Russian or Belarusian flag at a Grand Slam event after Ukraine’s ambassador to Australia and New Zealand, Vasyl Miroshnichenko, demanded motion after they had been noticed a number of the crowd final week.
On Thursday, he tweeted that the newest incident was once embarrassing.
“That is the entire package deal. Serbian flags come with: the Russian flag, Putin, the Z-symbol, the flag of the so-called Donetsk Other people’s Republic,” he tweeted, bringing up the video.
“It is this sort of disgrace… @TennisAustralia @AustralianOpen.”
Every other guy was once photographed through AFP on the stadium all through Djokovic’s fit, dressed in a pro-war Z blouse, symbolizing fortify for the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
For the reason that Russian invasion of Ukraine, Russian and Belarusian gamers have in most cases performed beneath a impartial white flag as independents, as is the case on the Australian Open.