Serbian Prime Minister gives update on Novak Djokovic condition in detention

Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic has made it clear the Serbian government is ready to provide all necessary guarantees to Australia to allow Novak Djokovic to enter the country.

Djokovic has been detained in an immigrant hotel for a couple of days as he awaits his court hearing regarding his visa. 

Brnabic revealed the Serbian authorities have managed to make sure gluten-free is delivered to Djokovic. 

“He’s staying in Park Hotel until the final decision is made,” Brnabic told Serbian media.

“We’ve managed to make sure gluten-free food is delivered to him, as well as exercising tools, a laptop and a SIM card so that he is able to be in contact with his family.”

The Serbian authorities standing behind Djokovic 

“It’s a positive tone from the Australian side. The Serbian government is ready to provide all the guarantees necessary for Novak to be allowed to enter Australia, the Serbian president (Aleksandar Vucic) is also involved,” Brnabic added.

A few days ago, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic revealed he spoke twice with Djokovic. 

“We did everything we could. Last night I talked to Novak for the first time, this morning for the second time, in accordance with the agreements we have, Ana Brnabic is just calling on the phone, praying and asking for one thing. That before the final decision of the court on Monday, they allow Novak not to be in this infamous hotel, but in the house he rented. That is what Novak asked from his country, it is our obligation to protect our citizens. I talked to him last night and this morning, our ministry is involved,” Vucic said. 

Djokovic’s father, Srdjan, 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 Djokovic said.