Spain ATP Cup team captain Tomas Carbonell appeared to take a cheeky shot at Novak Djokovic. After Canada beat Spain in the ATP Cup final, Carbonell was asked to say a few words on the court. Carbonell made an interesting comment as he "promised" the crowd that the whole Spanish team has a COVID-19 passport.
Djokovic was detained at the Melbourne Airport for nine hours before the Australian Border Force cancelled his visa. The crowd cheered loudly after the Carbonell comment. "As a Spanish player also in the past and as a Spanish captain, we can only promise two things...
fight till the end and we can promise that we all have Covid passports," Carbonell said on court during trophy presentation.
Spanish ATP Cup captain Tomas Carbonell in his runners-up speech: "As a Spanish player also in the past and as a Spanish captain, we can only promise two things...
fight till the end and we can promise that we all have Covid passports." — Stuart Fraser (@stu_fraser) January 9, 2022
Tomas Carbonell, former top 40 & Spanish ATP Cup captain during his runner up speech in Sydney.
"I can promise you two things: to fight until the end & that we all have our covid passports"
Crowd cheers loudly.
— José Morgado (@josemorgado) January 9, 2022
Djokovic's brother unloaded on the Australian authorities
After Djokovic's visa was cancelled, he was transported to an immigration hotel. “He was taken to a migrant hotel to a dirty room without any belongings, which he was told would be returned to him upon his return to Europe,” Djokovic's brother, Djordje, said, per Gaspar Ribeiro Lanca.
“He was treated like a criminal while he is a healthy and decent man and a sportsman who has not endangered anyone’s life and has not committed any federal or legal offence”. Meanwhile, Djokovic's wife, Jelena, said a few days ago she was trying to find gratitude and understanding in this situation.
"It's Christmas today for us, my wishes are for everyone to be healthy, happy, safe and together with families. We wish we were all together today, but my consolation is that at least we are healthy. And we will grow from this experience," Jelena said.
"Thank you dear people, all around the world for using your voice to send love to my husband. I'm taking a deep breath to calm down and find gratitude (and understanding) in this moment for all that is happening." Djokovic has a visa court hearing scheduled for Monday.