Novak Djokovic thanks supporters via Instagram; He’s ‘free to leave any time’, Australia minister says

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  • The 34-year-old is being kept in isolation at the Park Hotel in Carlton, Melbourne, awaiting the outcome of an appeal by the Australian Border Force (ABF) against a decision to revoke and deport the reigning Australian Open champion’s entry visa. Is.
  • On Friday, Djokovic broke his silence and wrote: “Thank you people around the world for your continued support. I can feel it and it is greatly appreciated,” as part of an Instagram story.
  • He added in Serbian: “Thank you to my family, Serbia and all the good people around the world who are sending me support. Thank you dear God for health.”

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Novak Djokovic has broken his silence to thank supporters in Australia as the country’s Home Minister Karen Andrews said he is “free to leave at any time” and is not being detained.

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The 34-year-old is being kept in isolation at the Park Hotel in Carlton, Melbourne, awaiting the outcome of an appeal by the Australian Border Force (ABF) against a decision to revoke and deport the reigning Australian Open champion’s entry visa. Is. The appeal is to be heard on Monday.

On Friday, Djokovic broke his silence and wrote: “Thank you people around the world for your continued support. I can feel it and it is greatly appreciated,” as part of an Instagram story.

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He added in Serbian: “Thank you to my family, Serbia and all the good people around the world who are sending me support. Thank you dear God for health.”

Earlier, the ABF had also canceled Czech tennis player Renata Vorakova’s visa ahead of the Australian Open and detained her at the same immigration hotel as Djokovic.

Várkova was informed by ABF officials that she had to leave the country and the Czech Foreign Ministry later confirmed that she would pull out of the tournament.

“Renata Vorakova has decided to pull out of the tournament due to limited chances of training and leaving Australia,” it said in a statement on Friday.

Doubles specialist Vorakova played in Melbourne earlier this week, but has since been taken into custody by Border Force officials as officials re-evaluated the two men’s admission documents following a play involving Djokovic.

Djokovic has never disclosed whether he has been vaccinated against Covid-19, but has criticized mandates that players be double-pocketed, and posted on social media for saying that He had got “exemption allowed”.

Australia’s Home Affairs Minister Andrews said Djokovic is not being detained under any pressure in the country, however, he is waiting in quarantine to hear his appeal against the cancellation of the visa.

“Mr Djokovic is not being held captive in Australia,” she told ABC.

“He is free to go at any time that he wants to do so and the Border Force will indeed facilitate it.

“We treat all people who are in immigration detention fairly, equally.”

She said: “Visa for entry was granted, but it does not guarantee entry.

“He (Djokovic), along with any other person who wishes to enter Australia, must also satisfy entry requirements, which include medical evidence of vaccination or, alternatively, medical reasons to the point that that person’s Why can’t I get vaccinated?

“He has not met the entry requirements – there is a lot of talk about visas, but in my understanding that is not the issue, it is the entry requirements… that he was not able to present the necessary evidence for entry into Australia. “

Parents: They’re crucifying him

On Thursday, Djokovic’s father demonstrated outside the buildings of the National Assembly, and said of his son: “He fulfilled all the necessary conditions for entry and participation in the tournament, which he certainly would have won, because it Nowak is the best tennis player and player in the world.”

Mr. Djokovic said: “Jesus was crucified and endured many things, but is still alive among us. Nowak is also crucified … He will endure.”

The family also held an emotional news conference at their restaurant in central Belgrade, showcasing their nine previous Australian Open trophies.

“They’re keeping him in captivity. They’re feeding Novak all over Serbia and the Serbian people,” said his father, Sarjan, who also told local media that his son was the “Spartacus of the New World”. Was.

He also said that the visa issue “had nothing to do with sports, it is a political agenda”.

His mother Dejana said: “They are keeping him as a prisoner, this is not human and it is not fair.

“This is a political attack on Novak Djokovic … he is a scapegoat.”

Serbian supporters continue to gather outside the Melbourne hotel in which Djokovic is in quarantine, saying they will continue to do so until he is released.

Djokovic’s wife Jelena has thanked fans of the player for “using her voice to send love to my husband”.

In an Instagram and Twitter post marking Christmas in Serbia, Jelena Djokovic wrote: “Thank you people around the world, for using your voice to send love to my husband.

“I am taking a deep breath to calm down and find gratitude (and understanding) for whatever is going on in this moment.

“The only law that we all must respect at every limit is love and respect for another human being.

“Love and forgiveness are never a mistake but a mighty force. Wishing you all the best!”

Baker: Djokovic making ‘big mistake’ not getting vaccinated

Novak Djokovic is making a “big mistake” if he is not vaccinated against COVID-19, according to his former coach Boris Becker.

Baker – himself a former world No. 1 and two-time Australian Open champion, as well as having won three Wimbledon singles titles – enjoyed a successful three-year partnership with Djokovic, which included six Grand Slam victories.

The 54-year-old maintains a close relationship with the Serb, but feels they have very different views on how to protect against the coronavirus.

“On occasion, I think he’s making a big mistake by not getting vaccinated,” Baker said. daily mail, “It is he who threatens his career and gives himself a chance to reinvent himself as the greatest player of all time.

“The four times I have sat in his box since he won the Australian Open, so I am fully aware of his great powers as an incredible competitor. I also think he has a great character that is easily misunderstood can go.

“Yet these strengths can also be weaknesses. The same unbelievable determination that I saw winning such close matches, with its stubbornness, can have vulnerability.”

Baker thinks that if Djokovic maintains his vaccine hesitation, it could present more obstacles to his professional tennis career.

Baker said, “He’s incredibly strong-willed, with a lot of strong convictions. If he doesn’t, in 10 years he’ll look back at it and realize he made a mistake.”

“It is not just about Australia. The fact is that we are living in a different world and it would be very difficult to live the life of a professional tennis player walking around without vaccinations.

“Those are the rules, whether one likes them or not.”

Nadal: Djokovic knew the risks

Rafael Nadal criticized Djokovic for “not following the rules”, saying: “If he wanted to, he would have been playing without a problem.

“He has taken his position and everyone is free to take their position. But there are consequences. I don’t like the situation. In some ways, I feel sorry for him.

“But he knew the terms months in advance. He made his own decision.”

Australia’s Nick Kyrgios has since called on his country on Twitter to “do better” in its treatment of Djokovic.

The world number 93 wrote: “Look, I definitely believe in taking action, I’ve been vaccinated because of others and for my mother’s health, but how are we handling Novak’s situation , it’s too bad, really bad.

“In the headlines, like these memes, it’s one of our great champions, but at the end of the day, he’s human. Do better.”

Djokovic’s Australian Open debacle: What happened?

Djokovic flew to Australia with a ‘vaccine exemption’ and arrived in Melbourne on Wednesday, but was denied entry into the country nine hours later at the airport.

The Serb’s visa was one that did not allow for medical exemption and was revoked, after which he was taken into hotel quarantine as his team launched an appeal – the appeal has been postponed until Monday .

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