Djokovic has been barred from entering Australia after spending over eight hours in isolation following a visa mix-up.
The Serbian, who has not publicly confirmed his vaccination status, flew out to Australia after being granted a controversial medical exemption to play at the first grand slam tournament of the year.
However, he was unable to pass through passport control after his team submitted the wrong paperwork and requested a sub-class of visa that does not apply to those who have received medical exemptions from a Covid-19 vaccine.
Djokovic’s team have submitted an application for an interim injunction and he still retains hope of defending his Australian Open title, despite the increasing political pressure to deport him, while his long-time rival Nadal has added his own name to the growing list of critics.
‘The world has been suffering enough. Get vaccinated,’ said the Spaniard after his victory over Ricardas Berankis at the Melbourne Summer Set tournament.
‘If he wanted, he would be playing here in Australia without problems. He makes his own decision.
‘Everyone is free to take their own decisions, but then there are some consequences, no?’