Novak Djokovic thanks fans for their support in Australia visa dispute | Coronavirus pandemic news

Novak Djokovic, who ranked number one in men’s world tennis, thanked his supporters. Visa dispute over COVID-19 vaccine That has seen him Detained in Melbourne Hotel Before this month’s Australian Open.

“Thanks to people all over the world for their continued support. I can feel it and I am very grateful,” the Serb wrote on Instagram on Friday.

Djokovic is Get medical exemption After review by two independent teams before boarding, Australia’s strict COVID-19 vaccination requirements, but Refused entry When landing in Melbourne late Wednesday.

The 34-year-old man is currently being held in a government detention hotel in the suburb of Carlton, 5 kilometers (3 miles) north of Melbourne Park, after authorities cancelled his visa when he arrived in Australia.

The player’s lawyer filed an appeal in an attempt to overturn the federal government’s decision, and the court agreed not to deport him before the full hearing scheduled for Monday.

Djokovic’s wife Jelena also expressed her gratitude to the player’s fans on social media.

She wrote: “Thank you dear people all over the world for expressing love to my husband with your voice.

“I take a deep breath to calm down and find gratitude [and understanding] At this moment, everything is happening. “

Australia’s Nick Kyrgios has been a fierce critic of Djokovic on many issues. He tweeted on Friday, calling on his country to treat the nine-time Australian Open champion. “Do it better.”

The 93rd in the world ranking wrote: “Look, I absolutely believe in taking action. I was vaccinated for the health of others and my mother, but our handling of Novak was terrible, really terrible.

“Like these memes and headlines, this is one of our great champions, but in the final analysis, he is human. Doing better.”

In Belgrade, Djokovic’s father Srjan demonstrated outside the National Assembly building on Thursday and spoke at a media conference, emphasizing what he believed was injustice.

He said that this player has become a scapegoat and “caught to death” in this line.

The Professional Tennis Players Association (PTPA), founded by Djokovic and Canadian player Vasek Pospisil, issued a statement on Friday after contacting the men’s world number one.

It read: “PTPA has been in close contact with Mr. Djokovic, his family and legal advisers, government officials and the Australian Open leadership. Mr. Djokovic has confirmed to us his health.

“He also asked us to allow him to personally share the fact of his detention in his own words and his own time.”

Interior Secretary Karen Andrews confirmed that he will pay close attention to all other exempted players.

“When people enter Australia, they need to meet our entry requirements and hold a visa,” she told Channel 9 News.

“If they come in without the proper documents, they will be at risk, they will be stopped at the border, and they will go through the exact same process that is happening now.”

Since Djokovic’s detention, the organizers of the Australian Open have remained silent, and most of the attention now is focused on how there is such a clear difference between the exemption that the player was told and the position of the border forces.

This triggered a serious diplomatic incident between Australia and Serbia. Serbian President Alexander Vucic claimed that Djokovic was the victim of “political persecution” by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and others in the government. Urged them to remove him from a “terrible hotel” and he was imprisoned in a private rented house.

Andrews insisted that Djokovic was not coerced, and he told ABC: “[He] Not detained in Australia. He can leave freely at any time he chooses, and the border troops will actually facilitate this. “