‘If they don’t want Novak Djokovic in Australia…’, says expert

Despite having won the appeal, Novak Djokovic is still not sure he will be able to compete in the Australian Open 2022. The world number 1 trained in Melbourne Park between yesterday and today, awaiting the decision of the Minister of Immigration Alex Hawke. The latter is taking all the time necessary to examine the case, being able to exercise the discretion to expel him from the country at any time. Meanwhile, the ATP has finally broken its silence on the Djokovic case via an official statement. “The ATP fully respects the sacrifices the Australian people have made since the start of the pandemic and the strict immigration policies that have been implemented. The events leading up to the court hearing on Monday were detrimental on all fronts, including for Novak’s well-being and preparation for the Australian Open “- it reads. In a recent interview with ‘RT News’, the uncle of the 20-time Grand Slam champion – Goran Djokovic – said his nephew was treated like a trapped animal after arriving in Australia.

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“Unfortunately the (Australian Open) tournament director didn’t do his job, and the guys from the authorities failed,” Goran Djokovic said. “This is something like a horror for our family, that’s why they are protesting every day in front of the national parliament (in Belgrade).” Hailing Novak Djokovic as “one of the best sportsmen ever,” Goran expressed sadness at everything the Serb went through at the hands of the Australian government. He also claimed that if the authorities didn’t want him to enter the country they shouldn’t have granted him the visa in the first place. “We are very unhappy, we’re so sorry, we like the Australian people, but the Australian government did very wrong things to Novak, one of the best sportsmen ever,” Goran said. “This is very sad. I don’t why they are doing that, using Novak like an example, I don’t know, I still can’t understand. If they don’t want him in Australia, they didn’t have to give him a visa, OK, he wouldn’t be there,” Goran added. “He’s like an animal in a trap, like a wolf in the mountain, it’s unbelievable what the people from the government are doing to him.” On Tuesday, World no.1, Novak Djokovic was finally back on court after a rather awful week in Australia. Only a day before, an Australian judge overturned the Serb’s visa cancellation and demanded he be released from detention. Almost immediately, he started his preparation for the Australian Open, which is scheduled for 17th January.

 

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