Nick Kyrgios criticized the “really bad” treatment of Australia’s Novak Djokovic.

Novak Djokovic’s refusal is weighing on a teammate and former tennis player. Visa To play in the Australian Open. Among them was Australian tennis player Nick Kyrgios, who called his country’s treatment of Djokovic “really bad.”

“Look, I definitely believe in taking action. I was vaccinated because of others and for my mother’s health, but the way we are handling Novak’s condition is very bad, really bad. ” Tweeted Friday. “These memes, like the headlines, are one of our great champions but at the end of the day, he’s human. Do better.”

Djokovic also had the backing of American tennis player John Asner, who said what he was going through was “not right.”

“There is no justification for what he is doing,” said the 24th-ranked men’s tennis player. Tweeted “He followed the rules, was allowed to enter Australia, and is now being detained against his will. It’s a shame.”

Tennis: August 09 National Bank Open
Australian tennis player Nick Kyrgios said Novak Djokovic had been treated “really badly” as Serbia’s stars fought to stay in the country.

Julian Abrams / Icon Sports Wire via Getty Images

On Tuesday, Djokovic Announced That he was given a medical exemption to compete in the Open – a decision that provoked a strong reaction in Australia, where strict COVID-19 restrictions are in place. In the city of Melbourne, residents have spent more than 260 days in lockdown since the onset of the epidemic. BBC

But when Djokovic arrived in the country on Wednesday, authorities realized that his team had applied for a visa that would not allow the COVID-19 vaccine exemption. Reuters reported.. After hours of waiting, the Australian Border Force said Visa revoked Because he “failed to provide adequate evidence to meet the entry requirements for Australia.”

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said in a statement following the ruling Tweeted “Rules are rules.”

Djokovic was taken to Melbourne’s Park Hotel, where other government prisoners, refugees and asylum seekers are being held. Reuters Since then, Djokovic’s family, the Serbian president and his supporters in Australia and Serbia have protested at his residence.

Australian Home Secretary Karen Andrews responded to the criticism Australian Broadcasting Corporation Djokovic is not a prisoner.

“Mr Djokovic is not being held captive in Australia, he is free to be released anytime he wants and the Border Force will actually facilitate that.”

Djokovic will have to stay in the hotel until Monday, when his lawyers will appeal to a federal judge against the decision to revoke his visa.

Djokovic is staying at the Detention Center Hotel in Melbourne, Australia, after his visa was revoked.
People watch from a government detention center as supporters of Novak Djokovic gather outside the facility where the tennis champion is reported to be staying in Melbourne.

Recep Sakar / Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Boris Baker, who coached six majors to Djokovic, wrote in one Daily Mail column That he insisted on vaccinating her – and was not sure if he would change his mind.

The former German tennis star said: “The incredible determination I saw in winning such close matches could lead to his stubbornness.”

“Will Novak take that step? I’m not sure he will,” he added.

Djokovic did not publicly disclose whether he had been vaccinated against COVID-19, but he did. the voice Opposition to compulsory vaccination in the past.

Djokovic’s rival and Spanish star Rafael Nadal said he was sorry.

“At the same time, he knew the situation many months ago, so he makes his own decision.” Nadal said According to Reuters on Thursday.

On Friday, Djokovic He thanked them Who stand with them in a message on Instagram.

“Thanks to people around the world for your continued support,” he wrote. “I can feel it and it is very much appreciated.”

Djokovic has nine Australian Open titles and has won the last three. He is currently in a three-way tie with tennis great Roger Federer. Nadal For the most Grand Slam singles titles.