OREANDA-NEWS. World number one Serb Novak Djokovic is being held in inhumane conditions in a quarantine hotel in Australia. This was stated by the tennis player's mother Dijana Djokovic at a press conference.
"This immigrant hotel is full of insects and terrible food. Novak can't sleep properly. It's very difficult for me now because of that. Nobody deserves to be treated like this, especially him,"- The Telegraph quoted Dijana as saying.
"This is purely a political attack on Novak so that he doesn't become the greatest tennis player in history. To me he's a scapegoat, but he's also a great champion. He is a revolutionary who is changing this world,"- Dijana added.
The tennis player's brother Djordje Djokovic read the text message he received from Djokovic to journalists. "God sees everything. Moral and ethical principles are what belong to me. And the material things can stay with them,"- the Serbian TV channel B92 quoted Djordje as saying.
After the press conference, Djokovic's family members called all fans to a protest in front of the Serbian Parliament in Belgrade. Several dozen people gathered for it.
"He is locked in a room where he cannot open the door or the window. It's very difficult for him, he's fighting it, and it's just one battle for human rights that needs to be won,"- Djordje told the crowd.
The day before, the world number one was denied entry into Australia because of an anti-covid violation, his visa was revoked. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison explained that the Australian Border Service prevented Djokovic from entering the country because he failed to provide sufficient justification for a medical exemption from the vaccination.
The 34-year-old tennis player was detained at Melbourne airport, he spent several hours there and had to be deported. The Serb's lawyers have appealed to the federal court against the decision to cancel his visa. The decision in the case was postponed until January 10, Djokovic will remain in Australia for the time being, being placed in a special hotel for immigrants. Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic has asked that the Serbian tennis player be allowed to live in a rented house, and said the blame for Djokovic's situation lies with Australian politicians.
Earlier, Djokovic, who opposed the mandatory COVID-19 vaccination, said he had received a medical exemption, which was approved by the Australian province of Victoria. He has therefore travelled to Melbourne, which will host the first of the Grand Slam tournaments, the Australian Open, from 17 to 30 January.
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