Novak Djokovic news: Aussie MP tries to stir controversy between Djokovic and Nadal

Eshlin Vedan
Novak Djokovic press conference
Novak Djokovic talks to the media

Rafael Nadal suffered breathing problems during his Indian Wells final last weekend as he was downed by Taylor Fritz. 

The Spaniard started the year in brilliant form as he beat Daniil Medvedev in the final of the Australian Open to start 2022 on a high and become the most successful male tennis player in history with 21 Grand Slam wins.

After also winning the Melbourne Summer Set and Mexican Open, Nadal was widely expected to also down Fritz at Indian Wells.

After the game, Nadal said that his performance was impacted by breathing problems.

“When I’m breathing, when I’m moving, it’s like a needle all the time inside,” he said. “I get dizzy a little bit because it’s painful. It’s a kind of pain that limits me a lot. It’s not only about pain, I don’t feel very well because it affects my breathing.”

Novak Djokovic news: Novak Djokovic news: Aussie MP tries to stir controversy between Djokovic and Nadal 

After Nadal spoke about his breathing problems, Australian MP, Craig Kelly who is the leader of the United Australia Party suggested that Djokovic may have an interesting opinion on Nadal’s breathing issues.

“Well, well,I wonder what Djokovic would say,” wrote Kelly on social media platform Twitter.


Djokovic has sparked controversy throughout the world following his reluctancy to take the COVID-19 vaccination. The Serb had to miss the Australian Open following his refusal to get vaccinated and it remains uncertain whether he will take part in the US Open and Wimbledon later this year.

Djokovic has said that he is willing to miss events if it means that he does not have to take the vaccine.



While Djokovic has not explicitly endorsed anti-vaccination movements or individuals, the comments from Kelly likely came as a result of his refusal to take the vaccine.

According to reports, Djokovic has always preferred alternative medicine but has never explicitly said that he will never take the vaccine. He has so far only been able to compete at the Duty Free Dubai Tennis Championship this year and is set to play at the Masters 1000 in Monte Carlo next month.