Novak Djokovic’s Mum Lament Over her Son being held as a Prisoner amid visa dispute; ‘As a mother, I feel terrible ‘

Novak Djokovic's Mum Lament Over her Son being held as a Prisoner amid visa dispute; 'As a mother, I feel terrible '

 

Novak Djokovic’s mum gives report of her son’s present predicament. She said he was being held “like a prisoner” at a “dirty” state-run quarantine hotel in Melbourne as the saga over the world No 1’s botched entry into Australia continued to unfold.

After spending about 10 hours at Tullamarine airport on Wednesday, eventually, Djokovic was transferred to the Park Hotel in Carlton where he is now expected to stay until his appeal against the cancellation of his visa is heard at the start of next week.

 

The nine-times Australian Open champion had flown to Melbourne after seemingly being granted a “medical exemption” by Tennis Australia and the Victorian government, despite choosing not to disclose his vaccination status, only for a fierce wave of backlash to prompt political intervention while Djokovic was still in the air.

 

 

After Djokovic’s attempts to change to his own accommodation were rejected by authorities, members of his family held a press conference in Belgrade on Thursday deploring the conditions of the Park Hotel – which has previously been subject to complaints of maggots and mould within the food served.

 

 

“I spoke with him a couple of hours ago, he was good, we didn’t speak a lot but we spoke for a few minutes. He was trying to sleep, but he couldn’t,” Djokovic’s mother, Dijana, said.

“As a mother, what can I say, you can just imagine how I feel, 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 hope he will stay strong as we are also trying, to give him some energy to keep going. I hope he will win.’

 

 

His accommodation [is] terrible. It’s just some small, immigration hotel, if it is a hotel at all. With bugs, it’s all dirty, the food is terrible. They don’t want to give him a chance to move to a better hotel or a rented house.”

 

Australian prime minister Scott Morrison had initially said Djokovic’s entry was a matter for the Victorian state but changed tack to a hardline stance on Wednesday after a huge public outcry in Australia, leading Serbia’s president, Aleksandar Vucic, to claim the world No 1 had become a victim of “political persecution”.

 

 

Novak Djokovic's Mum Lament Over her Son being held as a Prisoner amid visa dispute; 'As a mother, I feel terrible '

Djokovic’s outspoken father, Srdjan, also compared the Park Hotel to a prison, and suggested the Australian government were intent on “humiliating” the 20-times grand slam champion.

 

“They took all of his stuff, even his wallet, they left him with just his phone and no change of clothes, nowhere to wash his face,” he claimed. “Our pride is a prisoner of these idiots, shame on them, the whole free world together with Serbia should rise. This isn’t a battle for Serbia and Novak, it’s a battle for billions of people, for freedom of expression, for free speech, freedom of behaviour.”

 

 

Novak Djokovic's Mum Lament Over her Son being held as a Prisoner amid visa dispute; 'As a mother, I feel terrible '

Despite that, more telling has been the lack of widespread defence from his peers, with Rafael Nadal pointedly offering little sympathy when asked about his rival’s situation.

 

 

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