As the Serb prepares to plead his case in court, Australia claims that Novak Djokovic is “not being held captive.”
NOVAK DJOKOVIC is not being held in Australia against his will, according to the country’s Home Affairs Minister.
Novak Djokovic has been informed that he is not being held “as a prisoner” in Australia and that he is free to leave.
As he remained in visa limbo before his Monday court hearing, the No. 1 took to social media on Friday to thank his fans for their support.
After her visa to compete in the Australian Open was also revoked, a Czech doubles player has joined the Serb in detention.
Tournament organizers are also under fire after a leaked document revealed that they provided false information to players who wanted to play without getting vaccinated.
With his father Srdjan comparing him to Jesus and Spartacus – and his mother Dijana claiming he is being held “prisoner,” Djokovic’s detention has become an international incident.
“Mr Djokovic is not being held captive in Australia,” Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews responded.
He has the right to leave whenever he wants, and Border Force will help him do so.
“He hasn’t met the entry requirements – there’s a lot of talk about the visa, but that, in my understanding, isn’t the issue; the issue is that he couldn’t produce the evidence required for entry into Australia.”
On Christmas Day in Serbia, Djokovic took to Instagram to thank supporters outside the Park Hotel in Melbourne, writing: “Thank you to people all over the world for your continuous support.”
I can sense it, and it’s very much appreciated.”
Renata Voracova has joined the Serb in the immigration hotel as the Australian Border Force scrutinizes the credentials of other players seeking to enter the country on vaccine exemptions.
Another person, who has not been identified, has already departed Australia.
Voracova competed in a tournament in Melbourne this week, and the Czech Foreign Ministry has filed a formal complaint about her treatment.
An information sheet sent out by Tennis Australia (TA) was published in the Herald Sun newspaper, stating that a Covid infection within the last six months could be considered a reason to enter the country without a vaccine with proper supporting evidence.
This, according to The Age, is the reason for Djokovic’s exemption.
However, the federal government told TA in November that this was not the case.
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