Novak Djokovic breaks silence after his Australian visa is canceled, thanking fans for their support, while the country’s Home Secretary Karen Andrews says the Serb is “free to go”



Novak Djokovic broke his silence with a brief Instagram post, after the world number 1 was denied entry to Australia and fights his deportation

Friday was Christmas in Serbia, but Djokovic is likely to spend the weekend at the Park Hotel in Melbourne, which houses asylum seekers and refugees, before Monday’s hearing.

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The Serb has finally spoken since the cancellation of his visa

The Serbian posted: “Thank you people all over the world for your continued support. I can feel it and it is greatly appreciated.

His wife Jelena also took to social media to express her gratitude to the player’s fans for their support.

In Instagram and Twitter posts, Jelena Djokovic wrote: “Thank you dear people all over the world for using your voice to send love to my husband.

“I take a deep breath to calm myself down and find gratitude (and understanding) right now for everything that’s going on.

“The one law we should all obey across every border is love and respect for another human being.

“Love and forgiveness are never a mistake but a powerful force. I wish you all good luck! “

Australian Nick Kyrgios took to Twitter to call on his country to “do better” in his treatment of the nine-time Australian Open champion.

Kyrgios offered his support to Djokovic

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Kyrgios offered his support to Djokovic

World number 93 wrote: ‘Look, I really believe in action, I got the vaccine because of other people and for my mother’s health, but the way we are handling Novak’s situation is bad, really bad. .

“Like those memes, headlines, he’s one of our great champions but at the end of the day he’s human. Do better.”

Djokovic’s father, Srdjan, launched a scathing attack on “idiots” he accused of having held his son “prisoner” in Australia earlier this week.

However, Australian Home Secretary Karen Andrews insists Djokovic is not being held under any duress in the country as he waits in quarantine for his appeal against his visa cancellation to be heard.

“Mr. Djokovic is not being held captive in Australia,” she told ABC.

Djokovic's father claimed his son was

Djokovic’s father claimed his son was “a prisoner”

“He is free to go any time he chooses to do so and the Border Force will really facilitate that.”

“We treat all people in immigrant detention fairly and equitably. “

She added: “A visa has been granted for entry, but that does not guarantee entry.

“He (Djokovic), along with anyone else seeking entry into Australia, must also meet entry requirements which at this point include medical proof of vaccination or medical reasons why that person cannot be. vaccinated.

“He didn’t meet the entry requirements – there is a lot of talk about the visa, but that’s not what I understand, that’s not the problem, it’s the entry requirements… that he was unable to produce the necessary evidence to enter Australia.

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