Novak Djokovic's Family Rejoice Over Australia's U-Turn on Visa Cancellation
13:01 GMT 10.01.2022 (Updated: 14:56 GMT 10.01.2022)
Earlier in the day, Djokovic won a court battle to stay in Australia and take part in the Australian Open after his exemption from coronavirus vaccination rules was questioned.
Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic took to Twitter to comment on the decision of the Australian judge to overturn his visa cancellation.
Earlier in the day, Djokovic's family held a press conference to brief the media about the problems the player had faced in trying to enter Australia despite receiving coronavirus vaccine exemption.
"We’re here to celebrate the victory of our son Novak. He always fought for justice. He’s done nothing wrong,” Novak’s mother Dijana said.
"It has been a massive challenge for us as a family. We have done everything we can to comply with all the protocols. We are very emotional and it's very difficult for us to defend Novak without offending anyone...Truth and justice have come out and I hereby want to thank Australia's legal system and judge Kelly, who has been unbiased and neutral as he took on board all the facts since he (Djokovic) landed at Melbourne airport, including the bullying he's been through," Djokovic's brother, Djordje, said during a press conference in Belgrade.
World-famous tennis player Djokovic arrived in Australia last week to take part in the Australian Open which starts in Melbourne on 17 January. He was detained at the airport after failing to provide an appropriate visa suitable for those who were granted medical exemption from the COVID vaccination. The player, who has not been vaccinated against the COVID-19 infection, provided a document proving that he had tested positive for COVID last month. The Australian authorities, however, ruled that a temporary exemption for the vaccination rule may be given only to those who have been infected with the virus within six months.
However, a federal district court in Melbourne overturned the Australian government's decision to revoke Djokovic's visa and ruled that the player was free to leave the detention centre where he had stayed for the past four days. Despite this, the decision on his deportation can still be made by the Australian authorities. In view of this, Djokovic's father, Srdjan, has called on Queen Elizabeth II to intervene in the situation with his son's possible deportation from Australia.