Novak Djokovic’s father has slammed the Australia government after they refused his son entry into the country.
He’s even gone as far as to issue a wild threat to them.
Scroll on to find out what he’s said…
Novak Djokovic had traveled from Dubai to Australia on Wednesday ahead of his play in the Australian Open later this month.
However, upon arrival at Melbourne airport, Djokovic was detained by authorities for several hours.
The thirty-four-year-old was held at the airport as border officials ruled that he had not met the requirements to enter Australia.
The New York Times reports that the tennis player was told he would need to leave the country, after questions were raised about a medical exemption from a coronavirus vaccine.
The medical exception would have to allowed Djokovic to compete in the Australian Open despite him not being vaccinated.
According to the BBC, Djokovic had been granted the medical exemption by 2 different independent medical panels, both of which had been organized by Tennis Australia and Victoria state.
A decision that caused uproar due to the strict rules around Covid-19 vaccinations.
But, Djokovic had reportedly “failed to provide appropriate evidence” to enter, border force officials said.
LADbible reports that a statement from Australian border force officials said: “The Australian Border Force will continue to ensure that those who arrive at our border comply with our laws and entry requirements.”
“The ABF can confirm that Mr Djokovic failed to provide appropriate evidence to meet the entry requirements to Australia, and his visa has been subsequently canceled.”
“Non-citizens who do not hold a valid visa on entry or who have had their visa cancelled will be detained and removed from Australia. The ABF can confirm Mr Djokovic had access to his phone.”
Australian Prime Minster, Scott Morrison, further spoke about the cancelation of the visa on Twitter.
In a tweet, Morrison said that “rules are rules” and nobody is “above these rules.”
The tweet read:
“Mr Djokovic’s visa has been cancelled. Rules are rules, especially when it comes to our borders. No one is above these rules. Our strong border policies have been critical to Australia having one of the lowest death rates in the world from COVID, we are continuing to be vigilant.”
And as a result, Djokovic is now being held at a hotel which is used for immigration detention, the BBC reports.
His team have since filed a legal challenge and a hearing is scheduled to take place on Monday.
But while a hearing is due to take place about the visa cancelation, it seems that Djokovic’s dad, Srdjan Djokovic, has other ideas…
He has issued a wild threat to the Australian government.
Srdjan Djokovic issued a statement to the Australian government in which he said they were holding his son “captive.”
“I have no idea what’s going on, they’re holding my son captive for five hours,” he said, as per the Daily Mail. “This is not a fight for the libertarian world, this is not just a fight for Novak, but a fight for the whole world!”
He then took it one step further as he issued a threat saying if they do not release his son, people will “gather on the street.”
“If they don’t let him go in half an hour, we will gather on the street, this is a fight for everybody,” he said.
What do you think of the entry refusal?