Novak Djokovic’s wife breaks her silence on tennis star’s Australian Covid debacle as her father compares her to Jesus

Novak Djokovic’s wife Jelena has thanked fans of the player for “using her voice to send love to my husband” as she remains in Australia with officials on a COVID-19 medical exemption.

The Serbian is in a quarantine hotel, awaiting the outcome of an appeal by the Australian Border Force (ABF) against the current Australian Open champion’s decision to revoke the entry visa and deport him.

In an Instagram and Twitter post marking Christmas in Serbia, Jelena Djokovic wrote: “Thank you, people all over the world, for using your voice to send love to my husband.

“I am taking a deep breath to calm down and find gratitude (and understanding) for whatever is going on in this moment.

“The only law that we all must respect at every limit is love and respect for another human being.

“Love and forgiveness are never a mistake but a mighty force. Wishing you all the best!”

There was a small crowd outside the Park Hotel in Melbourne on Friday, where someone who gave her name only as Tatjana told the PA news agency that the tennis player “doesn’t deserve to live in this refugee camp”.

Tatjana said, “I’m here to support Novak, to set him free, because I think he doesn’t deserve what the Australian government has done to him and that’s not true when he said in the media that they all treat them equally.”

“So I’m here to support him and I will always support our Serbian people because we’ve been through a lot in the past and I think Novak doesn’t deserve to be in this refugee camp and I don’t think you’ I’d rather see another tennis player in this refugee camp.”

Australia’s Nick Kyrgios called on his country on Twitter to “do better” in its treatment of Djokovic.

The world number 93 wrote: “Look, I definitely believe in taking action, I have been vaccinated for the cause of others and my mother’s health, but how are we handling Novak’s situation, This is very bad.

“In the headlines, like these memes, it’s one of our great champions, but at the end of the day, he’s human. Do better.”

A few hours ago, Djokovic’s father claimed that the world number one player has been made a scapegoat and has been “crucified” continuously.


Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic’s father Sarjan held a press conference. Image: Reuters

In Belgrade, Sarjan Djokovic demonstrated outside the buildings of the National Assembly and addressed a media conference to highlight what the Serbian family and their supporters perceived as unfair.

“He has met all the prerequisites for entry and participation in the tournament, which he certainly would have won, because it is Novak, who is the best tennis player and player in the world,” Srijan Djokovic told a news conference on Thursday. “

“Jesus was crucified and endured many things, but is still alive among us. Nowak is also crucified … He will endure.”

Sarjan Djokovic had also said that his son was being unfairly thrown out.

“Novak and his team filed similar documents to 25.” The other tennis players (who got the exemption) and they didn’t have a problem, just Novak,” Djokovic Sr. said in an interview broadcast by Sky News.

Djokovic has spoken out about opposition to vaccination in the past, and posted on social media before leaving for the Australian Open, saying he had received “waivers” to enter the country.

However, the ABF refused to let the 34-year-old inside saying that he had failed to produce suitable evidence to justify the exemption.

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic claims that Djokovic was the victim of “political persecution” by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and others in the country’s government, calling for him to be moved from a “terrible hotel”, where he is to be housed in a private rented house. being taken into custody. ,

Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews said Djokovic was not being detained under pressure. Speaking to ABC, she said: “(He) is not being held captive in Australia. He is free to go at any time to do so and the Border Force will really facilitate that.”

Djokovic’s great rival, Rafael Nadal, had little sympathy for the Serbian.

“I’ve been vaccinated twice. If you do that, you don’t have a problem playing here,” the Spaniard said on Thursday after his match against Ricardas Beranquis at the Melbourne summer set practice tournament.

“He made his own decisions, and everyone is free to make their own decisions, but then there are consequences.”