Tennis / Australian Open. Djokovic in detention in Melbourne, Serbia mobilizes

World tennis number one Novak Djokovic has been granted a stay of deportation from Australia after filing a lawsuit against the cancellation of his visa.

Australia had canceled the Serb’s visa, which arrived at Melbourne airport on Wednesday without the necessary documents to enter the country.

The Serbian has been detained by immigration services in Melbourne since arriving on Wednesday evening with the intention of participating in the Australian Open.

He will not be expelled from the country until Monday, a hearing before the judge who must decide whether or not the player can remain on Australian soil.

In Belgrade, hundreds of people gathered at the appeal of Novak Djokovic’s father, Srdjan, to support the world No.1, star in his country.

“What is not fair play is the political chase (against Djokovic, Editor’s note) in which all participate, from the Prime Minister of Australia, claiming that the rules are valid for all”, declared the Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic to the press.

“Crucified Novak”

The Serbian authorities are doing “everything possible” to help Djokovic, adding that Belgrade has contacted the Australian ambassador to Serbia twice and that Prime Minister Ana Brnabic is to meet with a senior official in the Australian ministry of justice. Immigration and Borders.

For his part, the player’s father, Srdjan Djokovic, insisted in front of the demonstrators in Belgrade that he was asking “for support (for his son), not violence”.

“He fulfilled all the conditions necessary for his entry and his participation in the tournament which he would have won of course. Because it is about Novak, the best tennis player and sportsman of the world ”, he had previously declared during a press conference.

“Jesus was crucified and subjected to many things, but he held and is still alive among us. Novak is also crucified in the same way, he the best sportsman and man in the world. He will hold on, ”said Djokovic senior.

“Mr. Djokovic did not provide the appropriate elements to enter Australia”

Novak, who has never hidden his skepticism about vaccination, had obtained a medical exemption to be able to travel to Melbourne to play there the first Grand Slam tournament of the year (January 17-30), which ‘he has already won nine times.

“Mr. Djokovic did not provide the appropriate information to enter Australia and his visa was therefore canceled. Foreign nationals who do not have a valid visa or whose visa has been canceled will be detained and deported from Australia, ”customs said.

According to the Australian press, the nine-time winner of the Australian Open would not have completed the correct form to apply for a visa and the visa he requested does not authorize a medical exemption. Djokovic, silent on his vaccination status, has been in the crosshairs of the Australian political class since he announced that he had obtained a medical exemption to participate in the Australian Open.

On the one hand, I’m sorry for him. But at the same time he knew the conditions

Rafael Nadal showed little emotion on Thursday with regard to Djokovic’s situation, saying he “knew the conditions” when he made his decision to come to Australia unvaccinated.

“Of course I don’t like the developing situation. On the one hand, I’m sorry for him. But at the same time, he had known the conditions for many months when he made his decision, ”commented the Spaniard on the sidelines of the tournament.

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