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Craig Tiley says “Novak got a lot of support in Adelaide”

Craig Tiley says “Novak got a lot of support in Adelaide”

Craig Tiley says “Novak got a lot of support in Adelaide”

Craig Tiley says “Novak got a lot of support in Adelaide”

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  • Novak Djokovic will return to Australian Open in Melbourne next week.
  • Open Craig Tiley has warned fans not to target the nine-time champion.
  • The Serbian was expelled on the eve of  competition last year.
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On Wednesday, Australian Open spectators were informed that targeting nine-time champion Novak Djokovic could result in their ejection.

The Serbian will return to the Grand Slam in Melbourne the following week after being expelled on the eve of the competition the year before due to his opposition to the Covid vaccine.

Opinions on his deportation were varied in the city, which at the height of the pandemic experienced some of the world’s longest lockdowns. It remains to be seen how he is received.

However, the crowd at the Adelaide International last week was strongly in favour of the 35-year-old, who was warmly received. He ultimately won the competition.

Director of the Australian Open Craig Tiley stated to the Herald Sun that any supporters seeking to jeer Djokovic would not be tolerated.

“If they disrupt the enjoyment of anyone else — boom, they are out,” he said.

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“We don´t want them on site. They can stay away or we will kick them out.”

Tiley encouraged fans to “be respectful”.

“The one thing that I always liked about Melbourne is there is a great appreciation of excellence and for sport, I think more than anywhere in Australia,” he said.

“I have an expectation that people will appreciate that.”

Djokovic will return to Melbourne Park on Friday at a ticketed exhibition match against Nick Kyrgios at a sold-out Rod Laver Arena, not the Australian Open, which begins on Monday.

Andy Murray, a three-time major winner, expressed his confidence that Djokovic would receive the attention he merits.

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“I don´t like seeing players get booed, it´s not a nice feeling when that happens,” he said at the Kooyong Classic in Melbourne.

“Novak got a lot of support in Adelaide, I´m sure it will be the same in Melbourne.”

Djokovic, one of the most successful men´s players of all time, said in Adelaide that the support he received there was “something that I don´t think I´ve experienced too many times in my life”.

“It definitely felt like playing at home,” he added.

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