World No. 1 Novak Djokovic was heartbroken after learning about the death of tennis legend Manolo Santana. Santana, a former four-time Grand Slam champion and world No. 1, passed away on Saturday at the age of 83. Rafael Nadal, the greatest Spanish tennis player ever, also paid tribute to the late tennis legend.
"Heartbreaking to just get the news about Manolo Santana," Djokovic tweeted. "Sending my deepest condolences and prayers to his family and all who loved him, which is so many. Thank you dear Manolo for paving the way, you will be missed and celebrated always!
Rest In Peace legend!"
Djokovic enters the Australian Open
After Djokovic's name appeared on the entry despite him refusing to reveal his vaccination status, the rumors began to circle that Tennis Australia was seeking loopholes to get the Serb in.
"Well the fact is he’s on the Australian Open entry list,” Australian tennis legend Todd Woodbridge said on 9 News. “And of course he’s also in the ATP Cup in Sydney in the first tournament of the New Year.
“If he passes [the criteria] then he will be able to play. There’s so much speculation at this point that he needs to answer those questions first. “If he does pass those, I think it’s fantastic that we’re going to have the world number one back in Australia.
"But, he has to do what every other traveller does when they come into Australia." “It’s not about entitled tennis players or tennis players in general. It’s about what every other person has to do, and that’s what he has to do”.
Woodbridge slammed the rumors that claim Djokovic will be allowed to play unvaccinated. "There have been some people saying that Tennis Australia are looking for loopholes to get him in. That’s absolute rubbish!" Woodbridge stated.
“That cannot happen because it’s the government that makes those rules. And they’ll stipulate whether he can get in or not”.