Watch: Novak Djokovic's father Srdjan says 'long live the Russians' in shocking scene
by DZEVAD MESIC | VIEW 7312
Novak Djokovic's father Srdjan was filmed with Pro-Russia supporters and saying "long live the Russians" in a shocking video recorded at the Australian Open. After the Djokovic and Andrey Rublev Australian Open quarterfinal match, a group of people decided to make a provocative Vladimir Putin and Russia support.
In a video posted on YouTube, Srdjan Djokovic can be seen posing with a man wearing Russia's ultra-nationalist "Z" war symbol on his shirt and holding a Russian flag with Putin's face. After the man wearing the Z shirt sends a message of greeting to Alexander Zaldostanov, the leader of the motorcycle group "Night Wolves" who are close to Putin, Srdjan Djokovic says in Serbian: "Long live the Russians."
This is…quite a mess for the #AusOpen, to say the least.
Srdjan Djokovic posing with the pro-Putin rally last night just outside Rod Laver Arena.
The levels of security breakdowns that allowed for this are staggering.
Story/video via @jamesgraysport:https://t.co/L4gtaKKNP6 pic.twitter.com/qnOx3MGYqB — Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) January 26, 2023
Srdjan Djokovic said 'long live the Russians' in a shocking video
When the security staff approached the Pro-Russian supporters at Melbourne Park, they were threatened.
That's when Tennis Australia called Victoria Police to intervene. When Victoria Police arrived, four protestors were brought in for questioning, including the one with the Z shirt and flag with Putin's face. “A small group of people displayed inappropriate flags and symbols and threatened security guards following a match on Wednesday night and were evicted.
One patron is now assisting police with unrelated matters. Players and their teams have been briefed and reminded of the event policy regarding flags and symbols and to avoid any situation that has the potential to disrupt.
We continue to work closely with event security and law enforcement agencies," Tennis Australia said in a statement. After the Russian flag was displayed on the first day of the Australian Open, Tennis Australia banned the flag from site.
“Flags from Russia and Belarus are banned onsite at the Australian Open. Our initial policy was that fans could bring them in but could not use them to cause disruption. Yesterday we had an incident where a flag was placed courtside.
The ban is effective immediately. We will continue to work with the players and our fans to ensure the best possible environment to enjoy the tennis," a statement read.