Former world No. 1 Andy Roddick tried to calm down the situation after Srdjan Djokovic said he would fight on the street if his son was not released in the next half an hour. Djokovic was detained for nine hours at the Melbourne Airport before being told that his visa was cancelled and to leave the country.
While Djokovic was detained, Srdjan called out Australian authorities. "They are holding my son captive. If they don't release him in the next half an hour we will fight them on the street," Srdjan told Serbian media.
Roddick saw the quote and responded
"We need to wait until we get clarity from all sides. Lots of early reporting has already been shot down. Let not be in a rush to form opinions. Bad situation that could’ve been easily avoided.
I do feel confident that the solution isn’t going to the streets to fight," Roddick responded. After Djokovic's visa was cancelled, Srdjan described it as a "shameful" decision. "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," Srdjan told Blic. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said no one is above the rules, not even 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 hit back at Morrison. “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,” Srdjan Djokovic said.