Novak Djokovic’s father Novak Djokovic was filmed at an Australian Open tennis demonstration.
Srdjan Dajokovic stands next to a man with a flag that has the image of Vladimir Putin printed on it.
The bearded man is sporting a T-shirt that has the pro-war Z symbol printed on it.
Djokovic gives a short comment to him. According to the caption, that comment is “Long Live the Russians.”
Simeon Boikov, a Putin supporter, uploaded the footage to YouTube under the handle Aussie cossack.
A group of people gathered outside the Rod Laver Arena to hold Russian flags and shout “Serbia! Russia!” after Novak Djokovic’s victory over Russian Andrey Rudlev in the quarter-finals.
One of them was the man Mr Djokovic was standing next to holding the Putin flag.
Vasyl Myroshnychenko (the Ukrainian ambassador to Australia), said that the protest was a “disgrace.”
He tweeted, “It’s all in one package.” There is a Russian flag, Putin’s symbol, and the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic Flag. It is such a shame …”
Alex Dolgopolov (ex-tennis player from Ukraine) is currently serving in the Ukrainian army. He tweeted that the scenes were “absolutely gross”.
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Police interrogated four people and they were expelled from the site in Melbourne for using “inappropriate symbols and flags” and threatening security guards. Tennis Australia stated Wednesday.
On Thursday, it said that one of the men was “now assisting police in unrelated matters.”
After a flag was seen at a match between Ukrainian and Russian players, the ban on Russian and Belarusian flags for the remainder of this grand slam tournament was lifted.
Tennis Australia reminded players and teams of the tournament policy.
It stated that players and their teams were reminded of the event policy concerning flags and symbols, and they have been instructed to prevent any disruption.
“We will continue to work closely together with event security agencies and law enforcement agencies.”