Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic attacked Australia accusing it of “bad treatment” of tennis champion Novak Djokovic, whose visa was canceled by Australian authorities. not in order.
“In accordance with the standards of international law, Serbia will fight for Novak Djokovic, for justice and for truth”, declared the Serbian president, adding that “Novak is strong, as everyone knows”.
The world tennis champion arrived in Australia but was surprised to be turned away from the country after Australia canceled his visa.
Australian customs who canceled the visa of the world number 1 explained that Novak Djokovic did not provide the appropriate elements to enter Australia “and that” foreign nationals who do not have a valid visa or whose visa has been canceled will be taken into custody and deported from Australia ”.
The tennis champion had shown his disapproval of the mandatory coronavirus vaccination and his vaccination status is not known.
He had announced on Instagram his departure for Melbourne to play the first Grand Slam tournament of the year, scheduled for January 17-30, but was quickly disillusioned upon his arrival.
However, he could count on a medical exemption which he had obtained, only Australian customs considered that he did not have the necessary documents to enter the country, without however specifying which documents they were.
The Serbian president, who spoke to the tennis player on the phone, said on Instagram that “all of Serbia was with him (Djokovic)” and that “the authorities were taking all necessary measures to ensure that the mistreatment of the best tennis player in the country. world stops as soon as possible ”.
Novak Djokovic’s father Srdjan also reacted to his son’s expulsion from Australia, a country where he won the Grand Slam 9 times.
“Our pride, our Novak will come home … We must give him the welcome he deserves!” “Wrote the player’s father, claiming that what happened to his son was a” fight for freedom “.
Affirming that Novak Djokovic was detained for 5 hours, the sportsman’s father indicated that this fight “is not only a fight for Novak, but a fight for the whole world”.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Tuesday that the world tennis champion will not receive any preferential treatment. “We are waiting for his presentation and for him to provide us with evidence to support,” he said at a press conference, as his medial waiver sparked an uproar in Australia and demands for an explanation were raised. jumpscares.
“If that evidence is insufficient, then he will not be treated any differently from anyone else, and he will return home on the first plane.” There will be no special rule for Novak Djokovic. Not the least ”, ruled the Australian Prime Minister.