‘Get vaccinated’: Rafael Nadal issues stunning rebuke to Novak Djokovic as the Grand Slam champion prepares to plead his case in court – or face being deported from Australia

Tennis superstar Rafael Nadal has served a brutal swipe at rival Novak Djokovic whose Australian Open title defence could be over before it even started.

Djokovic could be kicked out of the country within hours after he arrived in Melbourne late Wednesday night without the right visa, which has been rejected.

As Djokovic’s team prepares to fight his case in the Federal Court, Nadal weighed into the saga on Thursday with a blatant shot at the world number one. 

Nadal is also in Melbourne to prepare for the grand slam, just weeks after he tested positive to Covid-19.

‘The world has been suffering enough. Get vaccinated. If he wanted, he would playing here in Australia without problems,’ the world number six said.

‘I went through COVID. I have been vaccinated twice. If you do this, you don’t have any problem to play here. That’s the only clear thing.

‘The rest of the things, I don’t want to have or to give to you an opinion that I don’t have the whole information. 

‘The only for me clear thing is if you are vaccinated, you can play in the Australian Open and everywhere, and the world in my opinion has been suffering enough to not follow the rules.’

Nadal’s grand slam preparations got off to a strong start on Thursday by beating Ricardas Berankis 6-2 7-5 to move into the final eight at the Melbourne Summer Set following a first round bye.

Nadal and Djokovic are both vying to become the greatest men’s player of all time at the Australian Open with 20 grand slam titles each.

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