It’s storming around Novak Djokovic. The world star was scheduled to take part in the Australian Open, but when he landed in Melbourne, he was stopped.
The Serb’s team had not applied for the correct visa where one could get a medical exemption from being vaccinated against covid-19. At the airport, he was told to leave the country without participating in the tournament.
He is not exempted from the strict vaccine requirements in the tournament, but has appealed. It must be heard in court no earlier than Monday.
He now lives in a quarantine hotel, which according to Djokovic’s mother must have been “terrible living conditions, where it is dirty and the food is lousy”. She claims the son is being held captive.
Australian Home Secretary Karen Andrews strikes back at those who believe tennis star Novak Djokovic is being held pending a visa dispute resolution. She wants to help the Serb leave the country.
– Mr Djokovic is not being held captive in Australia. He is free to leave the country whenever he wants. “Border police will actually help him with that,” Andrews told ABC News.
Now he gets support from unexpected teams. Australia’s biggest tennis star, Nick Kyrgios, criticizes his own country for the way the visa conflict with Novak Djokovic is handled.
– I was vaccinated because of my mother’s health, and I think we should do the right thing. But the way we treat Djokovic is really bad, says Kyrgios.
– This is one of the great masters, and in the end he is a human being. Be better, he writes on Twitter.
This is in stark contrast to what rival Rafael Nadal said about the situation.
– The only thing I can say is that I believe in people with medical education. And if these say we need to get vaccinated, then we need to get vaccinated. That is my point of view. I myself have been through coronary heart disease. I have received two doses of vaccine. If you do like me, then there is no problem playing here in Australia, Nadal said at a press conference in Melbourne on Thursday, according to Australian 7 news, before he comes with the following message:
– The world has suffered enough because of people who have not followed the rules, he states, who believes Djokovic has himself to thank for not being allowed to play the Australian Open.
– Of course I do not like it. In a way, I feel sorry for him. But at the same time he knew about the rules and conditions for entering Australia months ago, so he still made his own decision, the Spaniard states.
Australian Open starter 17. januar.