Serbian president accuses Australian PM of 'mistreating' Novak Djokovic

The Djokovic case continues to animate diplomatic relations between Serbia and Australia. “Why are you mistreating him, why are you attacking not only him, but also his family and the whole nation?” Revolted on January 14, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic on Instagram, addressing to the Australian Prime Minister.

The Serbian president’s comments come hours after Australia again canceled the world number one’s visa, threatening him with a return from January 15 in detention, where he has already spent several days after entering Australia without respect the obligation to be vaccinated against Covid-19.

An interview with the Australian immigration services is scheduled for the morning of January 15 on this subject, two days before the start of the Australian Open where the Serb hopes to conquer a tenth title and a 21st Grand Slam, which would be a record.

“If you wanted to ban Novak Djokovic from winning a tenth trophy in Melbourne, why didn’t you send him back immediately, why didn’t you tell him that it was impossible to obtain a visa for your country?” , asked Aleksandar Vukic. Before concluding: “Novak, we are by your side!”

The Serbian president had already supported the player from the start of the affair by describing the retention of the world tennis star as a “political witch hunt”.

“Nole” had his visa canceled once upon his arrival in Melbourne on January 5 and was placed in a detention center.

His lawyers had then obtained from a judge that he restore his visa and order his immediate release on January 10. But the Minister of Immigration finally canceled his visa again on January 14 under his discretion. A decision taken “on health and public order bases”, specified the minister.

Novak Djokovic has admitted incorrectly filling out his entry declaration to Australia and failing to follow isolation rules after testing positive for Covid-19 in December. A contamination which he hoped would allow him to benefit from an exemption to enter Australia without being vaccinated.

Novak Djokovic has pleaded ‘human error’ for how a wrong box in his entry form was ticked.

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