As his family holds an emergency press conference, Novak Djokovic is being ‘crucified like Jesus.’
With the Serbian tennis superstar holed up in a quarantine hotel in Melbourne, NOVAK DJOKOVIC’s family held an emergency press conference on Thursday.
In a hastily held press conference in Belgrade on Thursday, Novak Djokovic’s father compared his son’s treatment in Australia to the crucifixion of Jesus.
The world No. 1 appeared to have all of the necessary paperwork in order to enter Australia with a’medical exemption’ earlier this week.
However, the Australian Border Force discovered an issue with Djokovic’s visa application while he was in the air and on his way to Melbourne.
Djokovic’s visa had been revoked and he would not be allowed through after spending hours detained at the airport.
Instead, the 34-year-old was detained in a quarantine facility while his lawyers fought to have the decision reversed.
The appeal has been rescheduled for Monday, and Djokovic’s request to leave the Park Hotel and join his team in a private apartment has been denied.
Srdjan Djokovic, Djokovic’s father, has spoken out about his son’s treatment in the last 24 hours.
Srdjan sat in the middle of Dijana Djokovic and Djordje Djokovic at a press conference held by the Serbian tennis superstar’s family on Thursday.
Since his arrival in Melbourne, the family has had several conversations with the 20-time major champion.
Djordje said they spoke for 45 minutes on the phone with his brother while the tennis legend was in talks with border police before his phone was taken away for “three and a half hours.”
Srdjan Djokovic, however, was visibly moved during the press conference and compared his son’s treatment by Australian authorities to Jesus’ crucifixion.
“Jesus was crucified and had everything done to him, and he endured,” he said. “He is still alive among us.”
“They’re attempting to crucify Novak in the same way, underestimating him, bringing him to his knees, and doing everything they can to him.”
“When you don’t have a face, shame on you, girl,” my late grandmother Sara Jaukovic from Savnik used to say.
“Well, I’m telling them right now: if you don’t have a cheek, shame on you.”
To be the world’s best athlete, tennis player.”
Dijana Djokovic also slammed the Australian government for treating her son like a “prisoner.”
“They’re keeping him like that,” she explained.
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