Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic stands with Novak Djokovic as he has spoken with the world No. 1 and told him that Serbian authorities are doing everything they can to help him. Djokovic hasn't left the Melbourne Airport since landing on January 5 and he was reportedly inside a room without members of his accompanying entourage and without a mobile phone.
Djokovic's mobile phone was returned in the meantime but he is still at the airport. "Just got off the phone with with Novak Djokovic. I told our Novak that the whole Serbia is with him, and that our authorities are taking all measures to stop the harassment of the best tennis player in the world in the shortest possible period.
In accordance with all the norms of international public law, Serbia will fight for Novak Djokovic, for justice and truth. Otherwise, Novak is strong, as we all know him," Vucic said in an Instagram post.
Srdjan Djokovic also reacted
Djokovic's dad accused 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." Meanwhile, Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley insisted Djokovic wasn't a subject to a special treatment. “If they didn’t meet the guidelines, and there were many that didn’t so therefore they were rejected, but if they met the guidelines including for example – which a lot of people forget – is one of those conditions is having COVID recently, in the past six months,” Tiley said on Nine on Wednesday morning.
“Any person who met those conditions has been allowed to come in. There’s been no special favour. There’s been no special opportunity granted to Novak”.