Eurosport tennis expert Barbara Schett reacted to Rafael Nadal criticizing Novak Djokovic as she said she believes there will be lots of negative thoughts going towards Djokovic's way at the moment. After Djokovic's visa was cancelled, Nadal said everything could have been avoided had Djokovic been vaccinated.
Also, Nadal said Djokovic knew being fully vaccinated was a requirement for those who wanted to play the Australian Open. "They have known for many months now that you have to be double vaccinated to be able to enter Australia," Schett told Eurosport.
"So there was a long notice what to have to do to be able to come to Australia. And that's what Rafa Nadal also said. "Everybody has to do the part to be able to play and to protect the whole world from this virus.
So that's not just Rafa Nadal, a lot of players, they think like that. And, yeah, there's not a lot of positive thoughts going towards Novak Djokovic at the moment."
Schett expects hostile environment when Djokovic plays at AO
Schett suggested Djokovic could expect a lot of boos when he goes out to Rod Laver Arena again to play a match at the Australian Open.
"It's certainly not going to be easy for Novak Djokovic to step out there on Rod Laver Arena. Probably to play his first round match again," Schett said. "Once again, I have to mention, the Victorian population is really angry.
They're very hurt. They are tired of what has happened in the last couple of years have been locked away. "And I think it's going to be a rough time for Novak Djokovic if he steps out there and Rod Laver Arena and I don't think there's going to be a lot of fans.
"That could be a lot of whistling and booing probably going on. That's what I feel at the moment. That's how the Australian population is reacting."