Father Djokovic: “I will not attend the Australian Open semifinal”

Srdjan Djokovic will not attend the semifinal of the Australian Open in which his son Novak is engaged against the American Tommy Paul. The father of the Serbian champion announced it a few hours before the start of the match. The decision not to attend the game follows the controversy that arose after the man was filmed in the company of some fans waving pro-Russian flags (WAR IN UKRAINE: THE LIVEBLOG). “My family has experienced the horror of war and we only wish for peace,” Srdjan Djokovic said, adding: “I had no intention of causing such headlines or turmoil. I will watch the game from home.” The Ukrainian ambassador in Canberra had asked the organizers of the Australian Open to withdraw the accreditation of the Serbian tennis player’s father.

Ukrainian tennis player Kostyuk: “Shocked by his behavior”

It is “very shocking” to see Novak Djokovic’s father next to fans waving pro-Russian flags, “I am shocked” by what happened, commented Ukrainian tennis player Marta Kostyuk immediately after the defeat during the semifinals of the women’s doubles at the Australian Open are taking place in Melbourne. “It doesn’t matter who you are, nobody has the right to wave those flags. Things like this can’t stay in the shadows,” she added.