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Australian Open fans warned about taunting Novak Djokovic

Australian Open fans warned about taunting Novak Djokovic

Fans at the Australian Open risk being thrown out if they taunt Novak Djokovic.

The 35-year-old tennis star didn't compete at last year's Australian Open because of a row over his COVID-19 vaccination status, but tournament boss Craig Tiley has now warned fans not to provoke the former champion.

Craig told The Herald Sun newspaper: "If they disrupt the enjoyment of anyone else - boom, they are out. We don’t want them on site. They can stay away or we will kick them out."

The tournament boss has recently been in contact with Djokovic, and he's hopeful that his return will be well-received by fans in Australia.

He said: "We have spoken a fair bit over the past week and he really enjoyed his experience in South Australia.

“Our sporting fans are among the most educated in the world. They appreciate greatness. I'm pretty confident that the fans of Melbourne, similar to the experience that he had in Adelaide, will be just as good."

Djokovic was deported from the country in 2022 because he wasn't vaccinated against COVID-19.

He subsequently explained: "I was never against vaccination. I understand that globally, everyone is trying to put a big effort into handling this virus and seeing, hopefully, an end soon to this virus."

Djokovic also discussed his experience in Australia in 2022, admitting it had been "tough" for him.

He shared: "It was very, very hard. While I was still at the airport, I couldn't use my phone for three, four hours. I was lost, really, I didn't know what was happening."

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