The mother and father of Novak Djokovic, father Srdjan Djokovic (L) and mom Dijana Djokovic. (Picture by David Grey/AFP)
Novak Djokovic’s father has been filmed posing with followers brandishing pro-Russian flags on the Australian Open in scenes Ukraine’s ambassador on Thursday slammed as “a shame”.
The Serbian star had simply booked his place within the event semi-final with a straight units thumping of Russian opponent Andrey Rublev in Rod Laver Area on Wednesday night time.
After the match a bunch of followers unfurled Russian flags close to the stadium, together with one that includes Vladimir Putin’s face, chanting pro-Russian slogans.
Tennis Australia mentioned 4 folks “revealed inappropriate flags and symbols and threatened safety guards”. Police have been known as they usually have been ejected from Melbourne Park.
A video later posted to a pro-Russian Australian YouTube account confirmed Djokovic’s father Srdjan posing with a person holding the Putin flag.
It was captioned: “Novak Djokovic’s father makes daring political assertion.”
Serbian tennis reporters confirmed it was Djokovic’s father and the Melbourne Age newspaper reported he mentioned in Serbian: “Lengthy stay Russia.”
Spectators are banned from having Russian or Belarusian flags on the Grand Slam after Ukraine’s ambassador to Australia and New Zealand, Vasyl Myroshnychenko, demanded motion after they have been seen among the many crowd final week.
He mentioned on Twitter on Thursday that the newest incident was shameful.
“It is a full bundle. Among the many Serbian flags, there’s: a Russian flag, Putin, Z-symbol, so-called Donetsk Folks’s Republic flag,” he tweeted with a hyperlink to the video.
“It is such a shame … @TennisAustralia @AustralianOpen.”
One other man was photographed by AFP contained in the stadium throughout Djokovic’s match with a pro-war “Z” image T-shirt – related to assist for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Russian and Belarusian gamers have usually competed underneath a impartial white flag as independents, as is the case on the Australian Open.