Djordje Djokovic: Novak was treated like criminal and taken to dirty migrant hotel

Novak Djokovic’s brother also called out Australian authorities over their treatment of world No. 1 Djokovic. 

Djokovic landed in Melbourne on January 5 after receiving a medical exemption for the Australian Open. 

Djokovic was detained at the Melbourne Airport for nine hours before he was told his visa was cancelled to leave the country. 

“He was taken to a migrant hotel to a dirty room without any belongings, which he was told would be returned to him upon his return to Europe,” Djordje said, per Gaspar Ribeiro Lanca. 

“He was treated like a criminal while he is a healthy and decent man and a sportsman who has not endangered anyone’s life and has not committed any federal or legal offence.”

‘Djokovic is not above the rules’

“Djokovic’s visa has been cancelled. Rules are rules, especially when it comes to our borders. No one is above these rules. Our strong border policies have been critical to Australia having one of the lowest death rates in the world from COVID, we are continuing to be vigilant,” Australian Prime Minister Morrison tweeted. 

Djokovic’s father Srdjan described the decision as shameful and unloaded on Australian authorities. 

“It’s a shameful decision. Deportation. All of us need to go out and welcome him [when he comes back]. I can’t talk to my son; they present him as a criminal. I’m lost for words for all what they have done to him.”

Djokovic’s mother Dijana also called out Australian authorities. 

“It very difficult for me to go through this. No one deserved this kind of treatment, especially not him. This is a political position, that he cannot play, it is a scandal. To put him in dirty hotels, to have no contact with us, is an unprecedented treatment,” Dijana Djokovic said.

Djokovic appealed the decision and he is waiting for the court to rule on his appeal.