Jelena Djokovic thanked everyone who has shown support to her husband Novak as she is praying everything will work out and the Djokovic family will come out stronger from this.
Djokovic landed in Melbourne on January 5 and he was detained at the airport for nine hours before he was told his visa cancelled.
Djokovic appealed the decision and he was transported to an immigration hotel.
“It’s Christmas today for us, my wishes are for everyone to be healthy, happy, safe and together with families. We wish we were all together today, but my consolation is that at least we are healthy. And we will grow from this experience,” Jelena said.
“Thank you dear people, all around the world for using your voice to send love to my husband. I’m taking a deep breath to calm down and find gratitude (and understanding) in this moment for all that is happening.”
The Djokovic family reacted
Djokovic’s brother, Djordje, blasted Australian authorities for 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 mother, Dijana, said it was difficult for her to see her son being placed in a “dirty hotel.”
“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.