Djokovic’s father says his son is “in Australian captivity”

The father of world number one Serb Novak Djokovic said his son is in Australian captivity.

“My son is in Australian captivity, but he has never been freer. From now on, Novak has become a symbol and leader of the free world, the world of poor and oppressed countries and peoples,” Srdjan Djokovic said in a conversation with Serbian TV channel B92.

According to him, Novak is a “Spartacus of the new world,” who does not tolerate injustice and fights for equality of all in the world.

“Today he may be imprisoned, tomorrow – chained, but the truth is like water, and it always finds its way,” stressed the father of the athlete.

Earlier in the day it became known that the Australian authorities cancelled Djokovic’s visa due to an error in the request for entry. The athlete flew to participate in the Grand Slam tournament Australian Open. The Serb’s lawyers intend to appeal against the decision of the country’s authorities.

Commenting on the situation, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the country has equal and uncontested rules for entry. According to him, a strong border policy is very important for the country, especially in the context of the fight against the coronavirus.

According to some reports, a member of Djokovic’s team, who was responsible for collecting documents, chose the type of visa that cannot be obtained with a medical waiver against COVID-19 vaccination.

It also became known that the athlete was questioned by border guards at Melbourne airport for six hours, in particular about his vaccination waiver.

The 34-year-old Serb repeatedly refused to disclose his vaccination status, while organizers of the Australian Open require that all participants be vaccinated against the coronavirus or have a medical exemption. On Tuesday, the tennis player reported receiving such an exemption.

The Australian Open 2022 begins Jan. 17 in Melbourne. Djokovic is a nine-time and reigning tournament winner.