Some Melbourne residents are irked by Novak Djokovic receiving a medical exemption to play the Australian Open.
World No. 1 Ash Barty understands her fellow Aussies’ frustrations.
Given the extreme lockdowns locals endured throughout the Coronavirus pandemic, Barty mentioned she appreciates the annoyance some Aussies are feeling over the exemption.
“Yeah, I believe it is a powerful one,” Barty mentioned after defeating Coco Gauff 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 in Adelaide on Wednesday. “As we have seen a bit bit within the final day or so, from the Australian public, I understand how laborious it has been for Australians throughout our nation, however particularly Victorians have had an actual tough trot over the past 18 months and two years.
“I perceive why they might be pissed off with the choice.”
The state of Victoria, house to the town of Melbourne, studies a double-dose vaccination fee of 93 % for residents over the age of 12. Djokovic has declined to reveal if he is vaccinated and has mentioned he opposes tournaments imposing vaccine mandates for gamers.
Wimbledon winner Barty mentioned she has no need to talk particularly on Djokovic’s medical exemption.
“Finally I’ve no real interest in talking about Novak’s medical historical past,” Barty mentioned. “It isn’t my choice. These choices are made. They’re fully out of my management. Finally I’ve no real interest in talking about it.”
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