Novak Djokovic’s father, Srdjan, said it’s not true that his son is in detention as he has accused the Australian authorities of “imprisoning” the world No. 1.
Djokovic was placed in an immigration hotel, where he is awaiting his hearing — which is set for Monday.
“Novak and his team filed the same type of documents as those 25 other tennis players and they didn’t have any problems, just Novak. They wanted to humiliate him,” Srdjan said, per Sky Sports.
“He’s not in detention, he’s in prison. They took all of his stuff, even his wallet. They left him with just a phone and no change of clothes, nowhere to wash his face. He’s in prison, our pride is a prisoner of these idiots.”
Djokovic’s father has been furious for days now
While Djokovic was separated from his team at the Melbourne Airport and interrogated, Srdjan accused the Australian authorities of holding his son “captive.”
“I have no idea what is going on,” Djokovic’s father, Srdjan, told Serbian media. “They have been holding my son captive for five hours.
“If they don’t let him go in half an hour, we will gather on the street.
“This is a fight for everyone.”
After Djokovic’s visa was cancelled, Srdjan called out Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
“The leader of that faraway land, Scott Morrison… Dared to attack Novak and expel him before he had reached their country. They had wanted to throw him to his knees, and not just him, but our beautiful Serbia,” Srdjan said.
“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.”
It remains to be seen if Djokovic will get a chance to compete for a 10th Australian Open title.