Djokovic’s family calls the political victims held as “prisoners” in Australia a star

Novak Djokovic’s family and the president of his home country say Australia’s crackdown on tennis stars is part of the political agenda.

“This has nothing to do with sports. It’s a political agenda. Novak is the best player and best athlete in the world, but hundreds of millions of people from the West can hate it. I can’t, “Djokovic’s father, Srdjan, told Belgrade reporters Thursday.

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucichursday expressed a similar view while speaking in the Serbian capital.

“Unfairness is this political persecution in which even the Australian Prime Minister is in attendance,” he said. “I’m afraid that this kind of political rant against Novak Djokovic will continue.” Added.

“They want to prove something else. When they can’t beat someone, they do this,” he said.

Djokovic, who did not say whether he had been vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine, announced this week that he was medically exempt from the Australian Open vaccination requirements in Brisbane later this month.

However, Australian officials said Djokovic did not provide evidence to substantiate the tax exemption request after the tennis star landed.

Medical exemptions are granted for several reasons, including those who have a severe allergic reaction at the time of vaccination.

Djokovic’s visa has been canceled and Australian authorities want to deport him. The court agreed not to deport him before the full hearing scheduled for Monday, leaving the Serbian champion in a quarantine hotel in Melbourne for at least the next 72 hours.

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A television cameraman filmed a hotel in Melbourne, Australia on January 6, 2022, where Serbian Novak Djokovic is believed to be. (JoelCarrett / AAP Image via AP)

Djokovic’s mother, Djokovic, told Belgrade reporters that the accommodation was terrible, the hotel was full of insects, dirty and the food was poor.

“There are no special cases, rules are rules,” Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison said at a news conference. “We will continue to make the right decisions regarding securing the Australian border in connection with this pandemic.”

Australia imposes some of the world’s toughest rules during the COVID-19 pandemic, saying that vaccine efficacy has plummeted in the current wave fueled by Omicron variants of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus. Also stuck to them. The CCP virus causes the disease COVID-19.

Dijana Djokovic said she talked to her son and he had sleep problems.

“As a mother, what can I say, if you are a mother, you can imagine how I can feel. Yesterday, since the last 24 hours. It’s scary that they keep him as a prisoner. It’s neither fair nor human. So we hope he gets stronger. We give him the energy to continue. I’m trying to be very strong to give. I hope he wins, “she said.

Reuters contributed to this report.

Zachary Stieber


Zachary Stieber features US news and stories related to the COVID-19 pandemic. He is based in Maryland.