‘They’re trying to crucify him’: Djokovic’s father compares him to Jesus – video

Novak Djokovic’s family have spoken after Australia denied the world No 1 entry to play in the Australian Open, over Covid-19 vaccination requirements.

Djokovic’s father, Srdjan, told media he was outraged by the treatment of his son. On Thursday morning Djokovic was reportedly taken to a quarantine hotel ahead of potential deportation but his lawyers have launched legal to obtain an injunction.

In a snap hearing before Judge Anthony Kelly of the federal circuit court of Australia, it was suggested a full hearing could be heard on Monday.

The court heard Tennis Australia said it would need to know whether Djokovic could compete by Tuesday for scheduling purposes. The court was also asked whether Djokovic could be moved to a hotel with a tennis court so he could practise.

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