World No. 3 Alexander Zverev said he would never say a bad word about Novak Djokovic but admitted he doesn’t know much so he can’t defend him in this situation.
Djokovic announced on Tuesday he was granted a medical exemption for the Australian Open and on January 5 he landed in Melbourne
Djokovic was detained at the Melbourne Airport for nine hours before being told that his visa was cancelled and to leave the country.
“Everyone makes their own decisions. […] I am not a politician. […] I will never say a bad word about Novak, but I know too little to be able to defend him,” Zverev said.
Zverev on Djoković: Everyone makes their own decisions. […] I am not a politician. […] I will never say a bad word about Novak, but I know too little to be able to defend him. https://t.co/5nm4nWM91J
— Oliver | Tennis (@insidetennis99) January 6, 2022
‘Djokovic is not above the rules’
“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,” Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison tweeted.
Djokovic’s father Srdjan unloaded on Australian authorities, accusing them of treating his son 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.
Even Serbian President Aleksander Vucic tried to help 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,” Vucic said in an Instagram post.