Djokovic father says visa row aimed at ‘stomping on Serbia’

Sjrdan Djokovic says his son is being ‘persecuted’ as protesters gather in Belgrade after Australian detention

Novak Djokovic’s family have said he is the victim of “a political agenda” aimed at “stomping on Serbia” as protesters in Belgrade called for his release and Serbia’s president insisted “the whole country” was behind him.

The 34-year-old world tennis No 1, who was born in the Serb capital, is in detention in an immigration hotel in Melbourne pending a legal challenge to Australia’s decision on Wednesday to cancel a visa that would allow him to play in the Australian Open.

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