After the’shameful decision,’ Novak Djokovic’s father makes a new demand to the Australian government.
NOVAK DJOKOVIC is currently residing in a Melbourne quarantine hotel while his appeal is pending.
Srdjan Djokovic, Novak Djokovic’s father, has urged the world No. 1’s supporters to descend on Melbourne to show their support following the “shameful decision” to deny his visa.
The 20-time major champion’s spot at this year’s Australian Open appeared to be confirmed earlier this week when he announced he had been granted a medical exemption.
However, while Djokovic was in the air on his way to Melbourne, Australia’s Border Force (ABF) discovered a problem with his visa.
Border Force officials then whisked the nine-time Australian Open champion away, where he sat in a private room for several hours.
Djokovic’s visa was later cancelled in a shocking twist, with Djokovic’s father furious at the chain of events that occurred.
Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic also denounced what he called the “harassment” of his country’s superstar.
“I told our Novak that the entire country of Serbia is behind him and that our bodies are working tirelessly to ensure that the harassment of the world’s best tennis player comes to an end as soon as possible,” he said in a statement.
Djokovic has been holed up in a quarantine hotel since leaving the airport, with a small crowd gathered outside to show his support.
The 34-year-old’s father is still at home, while his son and a small team of lawyers have been dealing with the situation.
In the meantime, Srdjan Djokovic wants more Serbians to flock to Melbourne to show their unwavering support for his son.
“It’s a deplorable decision.”
“I’m going to be deported,” he told Blic.
“I think we should all go out and meet him.”
“I am unable to communicate with my son because he is being portrayed as a criminal.”
“There aren’t enough words to describe what they did to him.”
When asked for his thoughts on Djokovic’s situation, Rafael Nadal stated that his opponent must face the “consequences” of not being vaccinated.
“I believe he could easily play here in Australia if he wanted to,” Nadal said.
“He went through another – he made his own choices, and while everyone is free to make their own choices, there are consequences.
“Of course, I’m not happy with the current situation.
“I feel sorry for him in some ways.”
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