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‘Long live the Russians’: Djokovic’s dad filmed alongside fans with banned flags

Srdjan Djokovic, father of tennis champion Novak Djokovic, was filmed saying “long live the Russians” in Serbian alongside fans who were brandishing banned Russian flags at the Australian Open on Wednesday night.

In a video published on YouTube after his son, a nine-time Australian Open champion, defeated Russian Andrey Rublev to reach the semi-finals, Srdjan Djokovic is seen with fans who are brandishing the country’s flags and chanting messages of support for Vladimir Putin.

Russian flags and other items are items bearing the Russian or Belarusian insignia are banned items at Melbourne Park after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

As the senior Djokovic walks off, another person can be heard in the video saying in Serbian: “long live Russia”.

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