Naomi Osaka's telling response to question about Novak Djokovic

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Naomi Osaka, pictured here speaking to the media at the Australian Open.
Naomi Osaka wasn't too keen to discuss Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open. Image: AAP/Australian Open

Naomi Osaka summed up the feelings of the tennis world at the Australian Open on Monday with her response to a question about Novak Djokovic.

Djokovic arrived home in Serbia on Monday night after being deported from Australia and denied the chance to play in Melbourne.

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But the saga continued to drag on at Melbourne Park, with Djokovic's name still on the lips of players and journalists as the Australian Open got underway.

But the general feeling from the players was one of frustration as they were repeatedly asked about Djokovic in post-match press conferences.

Defending women's champion Osaka was one such player to be asked about Djokovic, and she summed up the general feeling pretty well.

“Is my opinion going to help anything?” Osaka replied.

When pressed by the reporter she said: “Yeah, I’ll kind of pass on that. Thanks though.”

Aussie player Aleksandar Vukic also offered “no comment”, while French veteran Gaël Monfils said he was simply trying to think about the tournament.

One player who was more forthcoming about the Djokovic situation was Rafa Nadal, who now has the chance to break the men's all-time record if he can win a 21st major.

“Almost one week ago when he won in the first instance, the case, he was able to get back his visa and practising. I said the justice have spoke,” Nadal told reporters.

A vehicle transporting Novak Djokovic, pictured here arriving at an apartment complex in Belgrade.
A vehicle transporting Novak Djokovic arrives at an apartment complex in Belgrade. (AP Photo/Marko Drobnjakovic)

“If the justice says his visa is valid and he’s able to play here, the justice has spoken, so that’s the fairest thing, that he deserve to play here.

"Yesterday the justice said another thing. I will never be against what the justice says.

“Another thing is what I believe personally and what I believe is the ideal situation personally, no? The ideal situation in the world of sport, that the best players are on court and playing the most important events without a doubt. That’s better for the sport without a doubt.

“If Novak Djokovic is playing here, is better for everybody, no doubt about that. Another thing is what happened. As I said in the beginning, I can’t say another thing because I believe that the situation is very clear now.”

Nadal says Djokovic 'not the only one to blame'

Nadal described the situation as a "mess" and said Djokovic wasn't the only person to blame for what went down.

“He’s not the only one that did probably the things bad in that case,” Nadal said.

“Of course, there is more responsibilities on all this terrible situation that we faced for the last two weeks. But of course he is one responsible, too.

“So in a personal level, yes, I would like to see him playing here. If is fair or not that he’s playing here is another discussion that I don’t want to talk anymore about that.”

Djokovic kept a low profile as he returned home on Monday, whisked through passport control and customs, then driven by his brother Djordje to his apartment in Belgrade.

A small but noisy band of supporters were at Belgrade airport to greet the World No.1, however they saw little of him.

with AAP

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