Srdjan Djokovic suggests that there was a vicious reason why Novak Djokovic was not allowed to compete in the Australian Open, as his father Djokovic felt that some wanted to show their power by «destroying the best tennis player».
On January 5, Djokovic announced that he was granted a special medical exemption to compete at the Australian Open. But when Djokovic landed in Australia the next day, he was detained and had his visa cancelled. After 10 long days in Australia, Djokovic was deported from the country and given a three-year ban from entering the country.
During that period, the entire Djokovic family was furious as they said several times that it was unacceptable for their son to be «treated like a criminal» in Australia.
Srdjan Djokovic on the Djokovic Australia visa saga
“I have to choose words, I didn’t choose them when they kept my son in prison for seven days.
That was the shame of all shames. He was in prison. When he looked at the hundreds of Serbs who supported him, he could neither hear nor see the people who supported him. They just wanted to break him and destroy him and show through him, that he was the best on the ATP roster, that they can do whatever they want.
While I was flying between Dubai and Melbourne, they changed the law where unvaccinated people are not allowed to enter the country. He didn’t go there voluntarily, he was in agreement with Tennis Australia. Now it’s the same situation, I don’t know if it will change, but it doesn’t matter.
He won a big one, bigger than 10 Australian Opens. I can’t even count how many he won. His victory is reflected in the fact that all these people were released from that prison after eight years,” Srdjan Djokovic said on K1 television, according to Telegraf.
Novak Djokovic recently confirmed that there have been some «positive signs» coming from Australia as he hopes to have his ban rescinded and be allowed to return to the Australian Open in 2023.