“They keep him like a prisoner”: the mother of Novak Djokovic takes his defense

“They keep him like a prisoner”, laments Novak Djokovic’s mother. The world number one in tennis has been in a detention center in Melbourne since Wednesday following the cancellation of his visa to participate in the Australian Open.

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In question ? The rejection of his medical exemption from the vaccination obligation. The Australian executive does not budge: it is in an illegal situation.

Asked about the subject, the Spaniard Rafael Nadal is not lenient towards his rival: “He makes his own decisions […] He had known for months that he had to settle certain things ”, said the world number six who recently contracted the virus despite his double vaccination.

Djokovic’s first reaction

Novak Djokovic thanked his support ” worldwide “, this Friday, January 7 in a first reaction since he was placed in detention in Australia after the cancellation of his visa due to the vagueness surrounding his vaccination situation.

“Thank you to my family, loved ones, Serbia, and all the good people around the world who send me their support. Thank God for the health ”, he wrote in a Serbian message posted on Instagram. This support, “I can feel it and it is greatly appreciated”, he also writes in English.

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Vaccine exemption, visa error, threat of deportation: Novak Djokovic’s crazy week in Australia

The world number one in tennis also wishes a Merry Christmas to the Orthodox, he who woke up for the second time on Friday in a Melbourne detention center where the Australian Open begins on January 17, the first round of the 2022 Grand Slam. .

The Serbian star was placed there pending deportation after the cancellation of her visa to enter Australia, on the night of Wednesday to Thursday, on the grounds that she did not meet the strict entry conditions. on the territory imposed as part of the fight against Covid-19.

Not evicted before Monday

According to the Australian government, the papers of the 34-year-old player, who had opposed compulsory vaccination and whose vaccination status is unknown, did not meet the required conditions.

He will not be deported until Monday, the date of a new hearing before a judge in Melbourne.

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Djokovic had landed in Melbourne on Wednesday in hopes of defending his Australian Open title (January 17-30) and winning a 21e record Grand Slam title, after officially receiving a waiver.

It was also learned on Friday that the visa of Czech player Renata Voracova had been canceled and that she is in the same detention center as Novak Djokovic.

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