Stefan Markuljevic hasn't forgotten the act of kindness Novak Djokovic showed to his family and he took to Instagram to show his support for the world No. 1. Stefan's daughter, Sofija, suffers from a rare condition called Werdnig-Hoffmann disease.
Sofija's medical treatment was supported by Djokovic as the world No. 1 also arranged a private plane from Serbia to the United States. "You won this battle the day you thought you'd get into it. It is a great injustice that you, as the best athlete on the planet, who came only to play tennis, are treated as a prisoner," Stefan wrote to Djokovic on Instagram, as quoted on Sportskeeda.
"For my family and me, you are an angel who walks the earth, I am happy and proud to live in the era of a great man and athlete like you! Thank you @djokernole."
Djokovic lost his Australia visa appeal
On Sunday, Djokovic left Australia.
"I would like to make a brief statement to address the outcome's of today's Court hearing, I will now be taking some time to rest and recuperate, before making any further comments beyond this," Djokovic said in a statement.
"I'm extremely disappointed with the Court ruling to discuss my application for judicial review of the Minister's decision to cancel my visa, which means I cannot stay in Australia and participate in the Australian Open.
"I respect the Court's ruling and I will cooperate with the relevant authorities in relation to my departure from the country. "I'm uncomfortable that the focus of the past weeks has been on me and I hope that we can all now focus on the game and tournament I love, I would like to wish the players, tournament officials, staff, volunteers and fans all the best for the tournament.
"Finally, I would like to thank my family, friends, team, supporters, fans and my fellow Serbians for your continued support. You have all been a great source of strength for me."