Former world No. 8 Janko Tipsarevic blasted those who have put Novak Djokovic in this situation as he suggested “fake tough guys” are trying to bring the world No. 1 down.
After landing in Melbourne on January 5, Djokovic was detained at the airport for nine hours before being told his visa was cancelled.
Djokovic appealed the decision and he was transported to an immigration hotel.
“Cheap…cheap moves…cheap shots…cheap alternatives…cheap explanations…cheap political points…a lot of fake tough guys in this cheap witch hunt,” Tipsarevic tweeted.
Djokovic’s family called out Australian authorities
Djokovic’s brother, Djordje, said Australian authorities were treating his brother like he was a “criminal.”
“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,” Djokovic’s brother, 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’s father, Srdjan, called out Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and described their decision as “shameful.”
“Jesus was crucified on the cross, and everything was done to him, but he is alive among us even now. Now Novak is being crucified, they are doing everything to him,” Srdjan said.
“The leader of that faraway land, Scott Morrison… Dared to attack Novak and expel him before he had reached their country. They had wanted to throw him to his knees, and not just him, but our beautiful Serbia.
“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.”