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Ukraine urges Australian Open to ban Djokovic's father


HONOUR AND DIGNITY

Russia’s embassy in Australia quickly hit back at the ban, calling it “another example of unacceptable politicisation of sports”.

Simeon Boikov, who runs the YouTube channel that posted the flag footage, urged Russian supporters to descend on Melbourne Park ahead of Djokovic’s quarter-final match against Andrey Rublev.

“This is about honour and dignity now. This is an attack on honour and dignity. This has got nothing to do with the war,” he said in a video message.

Tournament organiser Tennis Australia said on Thursday that it would continue to work with security to enforce entry rules, without directly addressing the incident with Djokovic’s father.

“Players and their teams have been briefed and reminded of the event policy regarding flags and symbols and to avoid any situation that has the potential to disrupt,” it said.

“We continue to work closely with event security and law enforcement agencies.”

Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine last year, Russian and Belarusian players have normally competed under a neutral white flag as independents, as is the case at the Australian Open.



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