The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom backed Australia's stance against Novak Djokovic's as he said getting vaccinated is a "very good idea." On Tuesday, Djokovic announced he was granted a medical exemption to compete at the Australian Open.
Djokovic landed in Melbourne on January 5 and then he was detained at the airport for nine hours before being told his visa was cancellled. Djokovic appealed the decision and was transported to an immigration hotel. "Look its a matter for Australia and they're a friendly government and (I) have the utmost respect for the Australian government and that's a matter for them," Johnson said when asked about Djokovic, per Sportskeeda.
"But clearly, I share very strongly the view of the Australian authorities - it's a very good idea to get vaccinated."
'Djokovic is not above the rules'
After Djokovic's visa was cancelled, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said "no one is above the rules."
"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.
Even Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic got involved as he warned the Australian authorities to "stop harrasing 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.