Viral photo of Novak Djokovic’s father
– Photo: Social Media
Tennis star Novak Djokovic has clarified the controversy over his father’s viral picture. Djokovic said that his father’s picture was misinterpreted. In the picture of Djokovic’s father which is being disputed, he is seen with a fan. This fan has the flag of Russia in his hand, in which the picture of Vladimir Putin is made.
Djokovic has made it to the final of the Australian Open by defeating Tommy Paul. He says that there is a lot of controversy about his father and he came to know about it last night. He said that his father’s picture should not be misinterpreted. His family has seen many wars and his father does not support war. Along with this, he hoped that his father would reach to see the final of the Australian Open.
Djokovic, 35, insisted his father had “no intention of supporting any war initiative”. Djokovic said after their semifinal match, “I saw as everyone else saw what happened and it’s unfortunate that the misinterpretation of what happened has risen to such a high level. Of course I’m aware of that.” I didn’t know about it until last night. And then of course I wasn’t happy to see it. My father, my whole family has been through many wars. As my father made a statement, we are against war. We will never support any violence or war.”
He said that his father was greeting fans outside Rod Laver Arena after every match, thanking them for their support. Djokovic’s father had earlier said that he would not attend the semi-finals. He insisted in a statement that he “only wished for peace”. On demands to be banned from the tournament, Djokovic said, “I’m only here to support my son. I had no intention of causing any headlines or disruption.”