Novak Djokovic's father spotted with pro-Russian activists

Novak Djokovic's father spotted with pro-Russian activists


The father of tennis star Novak Djokovic was spotted with pro-Russian activists after his son's victory over Andrey Rublev at the Australian Open. 

< p>Team, a sports media outlet, reports that several videos of Srdan Djokovic have been shared on social media. 

Seen with supporters waving flags with the face of Vladimir Putin while chanting pro-Russian slogans. These images were even taken up by a pro-Russian YouTube channel. The Melbourne Age, a local newspaper, claims that he would have proclaimed “Long Live Russia” in Serbian.

The event prompted a reaction from the Ukrainian Ambassador to Australia, Vasyl Myroshnychenko.

“They really went all out. Among the Serbian flags there are: a Russian flag, Putin, the Z symbol and the so-called flag of the Donetsk People's Republic. It's a disgrace,” he wrote on his Twitter account.

The Australian Tennis Federation claimed to have hunted four people who displayed “inappropriate flags and symbols”. The perpetrators also reportedly threatened security guards.

The tournament prohibits spectators from displaying Russian or Belarusian flags to show support for Ukraine.