Novak’s Detention A Fight for the World

Novak Djokovic is in limbo and his father is livid.

World No. 1 Djokovic received a medical exemption to play the Australian Open, however when he arrived down under today his visa was denied.

More: Djokovic Denied Entry Into Australia

Srdjan Djokovic, Novak’s dad, is outraged by his son’s treatment by Australian authorities telling Serbian media the nine-time Australian Open champion was in a room guarded by police after he was denied entry.

“This is not just a fight for Novak, but a fight for the whole world,” Srdjan Djokovic said in a statement to Serbian media.

Twenty-time Grand Slam champion Djokovic, who has not disclosed his vaccination status, received a medical exemption to play the Melbourne major and announced he was flying to Australia yesterday.

Upon Djokovic’s arrival, authorities said that he could not provide “appropriate evidence to meet the entry requirements into Australia” and denied his entry.

Serbian President Aleksander Vucic said Djokovic is a victim of “harassment” adding that “the whole of Serbia”, supports the world No. 1. 

Victoria Sports Minister Jaala Pulford tweeted today the state was asked by the Australian federal government to support Djokovic’s visa entry, a request she says Victoria denied.

Earlier on Wednesday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison called on Djokovic to “provide acceptable proof” of why he cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons or go home.

“If that evidence is insufficient, then he won’t be treated any different to anyone else and he’ll be on the next plane home,” Morrison told the media in Australia.

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