In a brutal exchange, an Australian TV presenter slammed Novak Djokovic, saying, “He lacked grace!”
After his visa to enter Australia was revoked as he arrived in Melbourne, NOVAK DJOKOVIC has faced a barrage of criticism.
Just hours before Mr Djokovic’s visa was revoked, Australian television presenter Lisa Wilkinson, 62, added her voice to the chorus of critics of the tennis superstar, 34.
The presenter, who is currently the host of Network 10’s news-current affairs and talk show The Project, said the tennis star “lacked grace” before border officials announced he had failed to meet entry requirements and would be deported.
“I think everyone knows someone who’s really suffered through Covid, if not many, many, many people,” Ms Wilkinson said on The Project.
“We all know people who have lost loved ones and were unable to say goodbye.
“At the end of the day, people are sick of superstars getting special treatment.”
“And that’s the category in which this has landed.
“It didn’t help, Novak, that you announced the whole thing with a lack of grace.”
“It was all a bit, ‘Let’s go!'” says the narrator.
Mr Djokovic was detained for several hours in Melbourne’s airport before learning that his visa had been revoked.
He has now been taken to a government detention hotel, according to reports, before flying out.
In the past, the famous tennis player has spoken out against Covid vaccines, stating that he is “anti-vaccination.”
He has not, however, stated whether or not he is vaccinated.
Mr Djokovic was granted a medical exemption “following a rigorous review process involving two separate independent panels,” according to Tennis Australia, but this proved to be a problem when the player arrived in the city from Dubai on Wednesday.
The 34-year-old “failed to provide appropriate evidence to meet the entry requirements to Australia, and his visa has been subsequently cancelled,” according to the Australian Border Force.
“Non-citizens who do not have a valid visa or whose visa has been cancelled will be detained and removed from Australia,” the statement continued.