Novak Djokovic’s dad believes his son is being treated like Jesus Christ was during his crucifixion.
The world number one tennis star has had his visa cancelled by Australian Border Force and he will be kicked out of the country in the coming days.
He claimed he had a medical exemption that allowed him to play at this month’s Australian Open without being vaccinated against the coronavirus.
But Aussie officials have revealed he didn’t have a proper exemption and that was enough grounds for him to be booted imminently.
While there will be many people who are happy to see him go, Novak’s father Srdjan has been horrified at what’s happened.
He explained at a press conference in Serbia: “What is not fair play is the political witch hunt (being conducted against Djokovic), by everybody including the Australian Prime Minister pretending that the rules apply to all.
“[Novak] met all the required conditions for the entry and participation at the tournament that he would have certainly won.
“Jesus was crucified and endured many things but is still alive among us. Novak is also crucified… the best sportsman and man in the world. He will endure.”
His mother, Dijana Djokovic, added: “I feel terrible since yesterday, the last 24 hours. They are keeping him like a prisoner. It’s just not fair. It’s not human.
“I just hope he will be strong as we are trying also to be very strong to give him some energy to keep on going. I hope that he will win.”
Novak’s dad led a protest through the streets of Belgrade after it was revealed his visa was being cancelled.
Several hundred people attended the demonstration outside parliament, according to Fox Sports, and Srdjan yelled that Serbia was behind Novak every step of the way.
The world number one tennis player has the backing of the Serbian government in trying to get into Australia.
Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said: “What is not fair play is the political witch hunt [against Djokovic], by everybody including the Australian Prime Minister pretending that the rules apply to all.”
The country’s Prime Minister Ana Brnabic added to Sky News: “We will try to do our best to make sure Novak is treated equally and gets all the rights that he’s entitled to. That is the only thing I can say.
“And Serbia stands by Novak. I stand by Novak. All of our people stand by Novak and his family in these difficult times.”
Novak Djokovic’s Dad Issues Ominous Threat To Australia If They Don’t Let Him Into The Country
Novak Djokovic’s father has issued an ominous threat to Australia if they don’t let his son into the country to play the Australian Open.
The world number one tennis player was held up at Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport overnight after touching down in the country just before midnight.
He’s been questioned by officials about his medical exemption to play in the Grand Slam and asked to supply supporting evidence to prove why he doesn’t need to be vaccinated against the coronavirus.
The Age reports there was also an issue in the visa application he submitted because it technically doesn’t allow for medical exemptions in regards to the vaccine.
Srđan Đoković has lashed out at Australian officials for detaining and questioning his son and claimed Novak is being held alone in a room without his phone or his entourage.
“I have no idea what’s going on, they’re holding my son captive for five hours,” he explained to local Serbian radio station B92.
“This is a fight for the libertarian world, this is not just a fight for Novak, but a fight for the whole world!
“If they don’t let him go in half an hour, we will gather on the street, this is a fight for everyone.”
It comes as the Victorian state government revealed it had rejected Novak’s application to come into the country.
Acting Sports and Major Events Minister Jaala Pulford said the tennis player no longer had the support of the state government.
“The Federal Government has asked if we will support Novak Djokovic’s visa application to enter Australia,” she said.
“We will not be providing Novak Djokovic with individual visa application support to participate in the 2022 Australian Open Grand Slam.
“We’ve always been clear on two points: visa approvals are a matter for the Federal Government, and medical exemptions a matter for doctors.”
The Australian government has warned Novak will be put on the first plane out of Australia if he can’t prove why he should have been granted a medical exemption.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said: “We await his presentation and what evidence he provides us to support that.
“If that evidence is insufficient, then he won’t be treated any different to anyone else and he’ll be on the next plane home.
“There should be no special rules for Novak Djokovic at all. None whatsoever.”
son and claimed Novak is being held alone in a room without his phone or his entourage.