Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic Denounces “Political Witch Hunt” Of Novak Djokovic In Australian Open Row Over Vaccine Exemption | Tennis News

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic Denounces

Novak Djokovic is a sufferer of a “political witch hunt” claimed Serbian president Aleksandar Vucic on Thursday as followers in Belgrade rallied in assist of the embattled tennis star after Australian authorities cancelled his entry visa. The 34-year-old world primary’s legal professionals are interesting the choice which if it fails would see him deported from Australia. The vaccine-sceptic Djokovic was detained on arrival at Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport having did not “present acceptable proof” of double vaccination or a medical exemption.

Djokovic had jetted into Melbourne on Wednesday having been granted a medical exemption by the Australian Open organisers.

He hoped to defend his Australian Open crown and declare an unprecedented twenty first Grand Slam title.

Vucic, although, claimed Djokovic was being hounded as different tennis gamers had been permitted to enter Australia with medical exemptions.

“What is just not fair-play is the political witch hunt (being carried out towards Novak), by all people together with the Australian Prime Minister pretending that the principles apply to all,” Vucic instructed the media.

Vucic mentioned the Australian ambassador had been contacted twice by Serbian authorities and Serbia’s Prime Minister Ana Brnabic can be in contact with a senior member of Australia’s Dwelling Affairs division.

The Serbians will ask the Australian authorities that on the very least Djokovic can keep, while his enchantment is heard, in the home in Melbourne he had rented for the Australian Open (which runs from January 17 to January 30) and never within the resort he has been despatched to.

“I concern that this relentless political pursuit of Novak will proceed till the second they’ll show one thing, as a result of once you can’t defeat any individual you then flip to those sort of issues,” mentioned Vucic.


Within the Serbian capital Belgrade, Djokovic’s father Srdjan led an illustration alongside a number of hundred others in entrance of the nation’s parliament.

“We’re not calling for violence… just for assist” for Novak, Srdjan shouted right into a megaphone, as the gang waved Serbian flags and do-it-yourself indicators, together with a banner that learn: “They’re afraid of the most effective, cease corona fascism”.

Elsewhere within the Serbian capital, reactions to the fiasco seemed to be extra combined.

“They don’t let of their nation individuals from different continents who’ve mud on their footwear not to mention somebody who is just not vaccinated towards a contagious illness,” Mihailo Kljajic, a 29-year-old flight attendant, instructed AFP.

“I do not know what he anticipated would occur,” he added.


Others had been appalled by the scenario.

“It’s chaotic, loopy, disgusting,” mentioned Branka Vuksanovic, a pensioner.

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