Nikola Pilic: PM is using Novak Djokovic to improve his poor political rating

Former French Open runner-up calls out Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

by Dzevad Mesic
Nikola Pilic: PM is using Novak Djokovic to improve his poor political rating

1973 French Open runner-up Nikola Pilic accused Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison of cancelling Novak Djokovic's visa because he wants to improve his political rating. Djokovic announced on Tuesday he was granted a medical exemption into the Australian Open and he landed on January 5 in Melbourne.

Djokovic was detained for nine hours at the airport before being told that his visa cancelled and to leave the country. "Politics have interfered with sports here as it so often does," Pilic said. "The Australian Prime Minister is trying to please a part of the country's society and improve his poor political rating.

In my opinion it's politically motivated."

Prime Minister said no to Djokovic

“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. Djokovic's father Srdjan unloaded on Australian authorities and specifically mentioned Morrison.

“Jesus was crucified on the cross, and everything was done to him, but he is alive among us even now. Now Novak is being crucified, they are doing everything to him,” Srdjan said, per Gaspar Ribeiro Lanca. “The leader of that faraway land, Scott Morrison… Dared to attack Novak and expel him before he had reached their country.

They had wanted to throw him to his knees, and not just him, but our beautiful Serbia. "It's a shameful decision. Deportation. All of us need to go out and welcome him [when he comes back]. I can’t talk to my son; they present him as a criminal.

I'm lost for words for all what they have done to him”. Djokovic appealed the decision and he will stay in Melbourne until the court makes its ruling.

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