USA’s Nicole Melichar-Martinez said she is having a hard time understanding why Novak Djokovic is getting so much hate for his vaccine exemption.
Djokovic flew to Melbourne after being granted a medical exemption but there he was met by the Border Force who cancelled his visa after interrogating him for hours.
“I don’t understand why @DjokerNole is getting so much hate for his vaccine exemption. He’s within the rules, and the government could have said no but they didn’t,” Melichar-Martinez tweeted.
On Friday, Renata Voracova — who had played at the Melbourne Summer Set 2 this week — was placed in the same detention centre as Djokovic.
“This is wrong on so many levels. She’s already competed. She is covid recovered so probably the least dangerous person to be around. This isn’t about health anymore, it’s political,” Melichar-Martinez said of Voracova being detained.
‘Djokovic is not detained but in prison’
“Novak and his team filed the same type of documents as those 25 other tennis players and they didn’t have any problems, just Novak. They wanted to humiliate him,” Djokovic’s father, Srdjan, said, per Sky Sports.
“He’s not in detention, he’s in prison. They took all of his stuff, even his wallet. They left him with just a phone and no change of clothes, nowhere to wash his face. He’s in prison, our pride is a prisoner of these idiots.”
Djokovic’s father specifically called out Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
“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,” Srdjan said.
“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.”