Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed that Novak Djokovic's visa has been denied and that he has been ordered to return home. Djokovic landed to Australia on January 5 and he spent nine hours at the Melbourne Airport before being told that his visa was cancelled.
On Tuesday, Djokovic announced he was granted a medical exemption for the Australian Open. After Djokovic announced the news, leading Australian politicants wanted from Djokovic to come out and explain why he was granted a medical exemption.
Morrison made it clear that no one is above the rules, not even Djokovic. "Mr Djokovic’s visa has been cancelled. Rules are rules, especially when it comes to our borders. No one is above these rules. Our strong border policies have been critical to Australia having one of the lowest death rates in the world from COVID, we are continuing to be vigilant," Morrison tweeted.
Serbian President stood behind Djokovic
"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," Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said in an Instagram post.
Meanwhile, Djokovic's father Srdjan 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." Djokovic's lawyers are in the process of appealing but his chances of getting his visa approved aren't big.