Nikola Mektic: Novak Djokovic didn't deserve to be disrespected in that manner

Mektic thinks Djokovic deserved a much better treatment in Australia.

by Dzevad Mesic
Nikola Mektic: Novak Djokovic didn't deserve to be disrespected in that manner

Doubles world No. 2 Nikola Mektic says Novak Djokovic absolutely deserved a better treatment than he was given in Australia. While in Australia, Djokovic had his visa twice canceled and he was twice placed in detention. In the end, Djokovic didn't get a chance to compete for the Australian Open title as he was deported from the country after losing his Australia visa appeal.

"A player of Djokovics stature didn't deserve to be disrespected in that manner. He is a great ambassador for the sport and the ones criticising him should realise his importance to the game," Mektic said.

Djokovic set to address the Australia visa debacle

Last Thursday, Djokovic met with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic.

Djokovic briefly addressed the media and revealed he plans in 7-10 days to speak more about what happened in Australia. "Thank you for the welcome," Djokovic said during his meeting with Serbian President Vucic. "Today I wanted to see you, as a citizen of Serbia, to thank you for your support, as well as all the institutions during the unfortunate events in Australia.

Although I was detained alone, I did not feel lonely, I had the support of my family, friends, the entire Serbian people, many well-meaning people from all over the world tried personally and publicly to make my time in Australia easier.

You had no obligation to provide support, but I want you to know that I feel great gratitude that you stood up for me, put yourself in a compromising situation. That is appreciated and respected, I will remember it for a long time and my connection and my attitude towards the Serbian people is getting stronger day by day.

Those circumstances that happened to me in Australia taught me and that bond will last forever. Since I did not speak before, please be patient, in the next seven to ten days I will address in more detail everything that happened in Australia."

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