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Anyone for tennis? Australian Open ready to go after Djokovic saga

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By Martin PARRY

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When it comes to tennis, the Aussies sure know how to return a Serb.

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When it comes to tennis, the Aussies sure know how to return a Serb.

That was ace!

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Novak Djokovic has left the building.....

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MickeliciousToday  08:26 am JST

When it comes to tennis, the Aussies sure know how to return a Serb.

wish I could give you many thumbs-ups..... very very clever!!!!!! (⌒▽⌒)

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name of this tournament have to be changed for Australian Closed...definitely better and correct name for this "event"...

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The 35-year-old Spaniard Nadal won the warm-up Melbourne Summer Set title on his return from a long injury lay-off and being "very sick" with COVID-19 last month.

So the triple-vaxxed Nadal still somehow managed to get Covid and then be 'very sick' with it? That's some vaccination you've got there, guys!

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So the triple-vaxxed Nadal still somehow managed to get Covid and then be 'very sick' with it? That's some vaccination you've got there, guys!

That's right! Being vaccinated enabled Nadal to avoid serious illness and hospitalisation, take just a few days off at home, and recover within a couple of weeks just in time to come to Australia and spend the next few weeks training and playing in one of the most gruelling individual sports you can play, in some of the most gruelling conditions of any tournament. So I guess the term "very sick" can mean different things to different people, can't it?

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BigYenToday  12:26 pm JST

So the triple-vaxxed Nadal still somehow managed to get Covid and then be 'very sick' with it? That's some vaccination you've got there, guys!

That's right! Being vaccinated enabled Nadal to avoid serious illness and hospitalisation, take just a few days off at home, and recover within a couple of weeks just in time to come to Australia and spend the next few weeks training and playing in one of the most gruelling individual sports you can play, in some of the most gruelling conditions of any tournament. So I guess the term "very sick" can mean different things to different people, can't it?

So both Nadal and Djokovic both had COVID, one was vaccinated yet got "very sick" while the other was unvaccinated and only knew he was infected due to a test!

Based on current scientific knowledge, Nadal can still get infected and infect others to a similar degree as Djokovic even though he's been triple-vaxxed. Yet Djokovic was the one deported.

This whole thing was a political farce from start to finish, with the Australian government running around with their pants on fire.

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Mickelicious

Nice one. Up there with the Pat Cash vs Ivan Lendl Wimbledon final (1987) and the sign in the crowd that read, 'Cash is better than a Czech'.

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This whole thing was a political farce from start to finish, with the Australian government running around with their pants on fire.

I'm not arguing that there was no politics involved. Every Scott Morrison decision involves a careful consideration of what's in it for him politically, of gaining maximum credit for himself if and when things go right or, far more commonly, avoiding blame when things go wrong. This was probably no different, but that doesn't necessarily mean that the government made the wrong decision in the end.

I was sympathetic to Djokovic at first. I thought (and still think) that he was misled, most seriously by Tennis Australia who wanted their No.1 male star to play no matter what and were willing to fudge whatever they could to get him here. But Djokovic lied on his visa application, not just about one thing but about several. That was the arrogance of an established sports star, in part for relying on his entourage to get it right and in part for assuming that for someone like him, the doors would just open no matter what the difference between he said and what he'd actually done. To allow Djokovic to stay once all his lies, evasions, "mistakes" and "errors of judgement" had come out would have been political suicide for any government, but also would have been untenable ethically. That's an aspect which may not have had much meaning for Morrison, but it sure does for the rest of us in this country who would have seen one rule for the privileged and another for the rest of us.

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But Novak respects the ruling so why do his supporters don't?

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