Srdjan Djokovic blasted Australian authorities as he described their decision to deny Novak Djokovic’s visa as “shameful.”
Djokovic landed in Australia on January 5 and he was held at the Melbourne Airport for nine hours before being told that his visa was denied and ordered to leave the country.
However, Djokovic has refused to quit as his lawyers are in the process of appealing the decision.
Djokovic’s father said his son was treated by Australian authorities like he was a “criminal.”
“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,” Srdjan told Blic.
Australian Prime Miinister confirmed the Djokovic news
Scott Morrison said no one is above the rules set in Australia, not even world No. 1 Djokovic.
“Mr 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,” Morrison tweeted.
Before Djokovic’s visa was denied, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic told Australian authorities to “stop harrasing Djokovic.”
“Just got off the phone with with Novak Djokovic. I told our Novak that the whole Serbia is with him, and that our authorities are taking all measures to stop the harassment of the best tennis player in the world in the shortest possible period. In accordance with all the norms of international public law, Serbia will fight for Novak Djokovic, for justice and truth. Otherwise, Novak is strong, as we all know him,” Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said in an Instagram post.
Djokovic is now likely to miss the Australian Open.