Serbian Davis Cup team captain Viktor Troicki blasted Australian authorities over their treatment of Novak Djokovic.
Djokovic was detained at the Melbourne Airport for nine hours before being told that his visa was cancelled and to leave the country.
Troicki said no great champion has ever been “treated or tortured” like this.
“It’s a nightmare for the sport. No athlete, one of the greatest champions in the world, has ever been treated that way, tortured in a way. It’s a huge scandal, which has nothing to do with it. with tennis or sport, it’s just politics,” Troicki said, per Quentin Moynet of L’Equipe.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison took to Twitter to confirm Djokovic’s visa was cancelled.
“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.
Troicki, Djokovic’s father blast Australian authorities
“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.
Before Djokovic’s visa was cancelled, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic tried to help.
“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.