Daniil Medvedev gives thoughts on Novak Djokovic getting his visa cancelled

World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev offered a simple explanation when asked about the Novak Djokovic situation as he said if his medical exemption was right he should be in Australia, if not then he should be deported. 

Djokovic landed in Melbourne on January 5 but he was detained at the Melbourne Airport for nine hours before getting his visa cancelled and told to leave the country. 

“For me it’s tough to say. If he had a fair exemption from the rule, well, he should be here; if he didn’t, he shouldn’t be here. To be honest, it sounds easy, but again, it seems very tough in real life, and I don’t know the insides of the story,” Medvedev said, per Tennis Majors.

“If he has an exemption, well, should be here. If something was wrong with the papers and they didn’t let him in, well, that’s what happens sometime,”

Djokovic decided to appeal 

Djokovic appealed the decision and he will stay in Australia until Monday. 

“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. 

Before Djokovic’s visa was cancelled, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic warned 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.

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