Novak Djokovic’s family denounced today that the world number one tennis player has suffered “torture” during the time he has been held in Australia and he has assured that the judicial decision that allows him to enter the country is the greatest victory of his career.
This was stated by the tennis player’s mother, Dijana Djokovic, during a press conference in Belgrade to analyze the court ruling that this Monday he authorized the athlete to remain in Australia despite not being vaccinated against COVID-19, although the government is still considering expelling him.
Dijana Djokovic said she was concerned about the possibility that the Australian government might decide to expel the player.
“I don’t want to think about that, but will stay free and play“The Australian Open, he assured.
Asked if the tennis player regrets not having been vaccinated against COVID-19, the player’s brother, Djordje, assured that Novak “is only fighting for freedom of choice.”
The player’s well-known opposition to COVID-19 vaccines, mandatory to enter Australia and to play the Open, He led six days ago into confinement in a Melbourne hotel.
The tennis player argued that he had tested positive for the virus on December 16 and that for this he had received a medical exemption to play the tournament, but immigration agents denied him a visa and took him into custody.
When asked today how it is possible that one day after learning that he was infected, the tennis player participated in public events, the player’s brother ended the press conference.
“VICTORY OF THE FREE WORLD”
For his part, the player’s father, Srdjan, called the judge’s ruling a great victory, not only for Djokovic and his family, but also for “the whole free world.”
When asked how the tennis player feels and how what has happened will influence his game, the father assured that the world’s number one is in perfect shape.
“Novak is great. He has such mental strength that all of this has not disturbed him at all. It has given you additional energy. You can’t wait for January 17 to roll in, for the tournament to start. He will win the next ten tournaments ”, he assured.
Djordje Djokovic, the player’s brother, explained that Novak is already training and was grateful to the judge responsible for the case for having shown “the truth and nothing but the truth.”
In addition, he greeted everyone who has supported the tennis player during his six-day retention at a Melbourne hotel, and stated that he and his family only feel love for Australia, whose Open the Serbian tennis player has won nine times.
“We have been there and won many times. And we will continue to come, “he said.
Asked how Novak Djokovic will react to a possible government decision to deny him a visa despite everything, the father assured that his son will never give up.
Srdjan Djokovic denounced that your son was abused in Australia because he came from a small and poor country but that, despite having been deprived of all his rights, in the end he triumphed.
“It has been evident that certain powerful people did not like it, it seemed impossible that a boy from a small and poor country could be the best in what for them is a bourgeois sport” (…) “They waited for him at the airport and there they deprived him of all his rights, all his rights as a human being…”, He said.
“They did not allow him to contact his team, his friends or his lawyers, but he had to face them alone for several hours. They even deprived him of his phone for several hours, “he added.
“But they could not kneel him because justice and law triumphed, as in all the countries of the world ”, said the father.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.