Djokovic’s father filmed with fans holding pro-Russia flags at Australian Open

MELBOURNE: Novak Djokovic’s father has been filmed posing with supporters brandishing pro-Russian flags at the Australian Open in scenes Ukraine’s ambassador on Thursday (Jan 26) slammed as “a disgrace”.

The Serbian star had just booked his area in the match semi-final with a straight sets thumping of Russian opponent Andrey Rublev in Rod Laver Arena on Wednesday evening.

Soon after the match a group of followers unfurled Russian flags in close proximity to the stadium, such as just one showcasing Vladimir Putin’s experience, chanting professional-Russian slogans.

Tennis Australia claimed 4 men and women “disclosed inappropriate flags and symbols and threatened stability guards”. Law enforcement were referred to as and they were being ejected from Melbourne Park.

A online video afterwards posted to a pro-Russian Australian YouTube account confirmed Djokovic’s father Srdjan posing with a person keeping the Putin flag.

It was captioned: “Novak Djokovic’s father can make bold political assertion.”

Serbian tennis reporters confirmed it was Djokovic’s father and the Melbourne Age newspaper described he stated in Serbian: “Very long reside Russia.”

Spectators are banned from acquiring Russian or Belarusian flags at the Grand Slam following Ukraine’s ambassador to Australia and New Zealand, Vasyl Myroshnychenko, demanded motion when they have been witnessed amongst the group very last week.

He stated on Twitter on Thursday that the most current incident was shameful.

“It is really a entire bundle. Between the Serbian flags, there is: a Russian flag, Putin, Z-image, so-known as Donetsk People’s Republic flag,” he tweeted with a backlink to the video.

“It truly is this kind of a shame … @TennisAustralia @AustralianOpen.”