Novak Djokovic is ’emotional’ and ‘wants justice’ as brother gives update on detained star

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Novak Djokovic’s brother has provided an update on the world number one while he’s being detained in Australia. The 26-year-old has said the tennis star is keen to see “justice served” and wants the “truth revealed.”

Novak Djokovic travelled to Australia raring to go after being granted an exemption by tournament organisers to play in the Australian Open.

However, any optimism was soon vanquished when the tennis legend had his visa cancelled by Australian Border Force.

Now he is on the verge of being deported, but with his team due to appeal the decision, the Serbian will not hear his fate until Monday.

Until then, Djokovic will be held at the quarantine Park hotel in Carlton, Melbourne, and was seen being transported there in a silver Volkswagen van. 

Djordje told Serbian media, as reported by the Sydney Morning Herald: “Novak could have left Australia by now, but had he done that, he would have admitted he is guilty which he is not and defeat, which is not an option.

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“What’s left is to await the court decision. I don’t know what he’ll do if the decision doesn’t go his way, and he doesn’t know either.

“He is full of emotions, and tennis and the grand slam are currently the last things on his mind.”

Djordje explained the scenario regarding how his older brother is now in such a dire and chaotic situation.

“The only thing he wants is to see justice served and the truth revealed. He didn’t complete any forms that were done through the Australian tennis federation,” he added.

“It cooperated with the federal government and the tennis federation cannot issue any certificate, it was issued by the Victorian government. 

“But the federal government stopped that certificate, which means we’ve reached a serious political situation.”

While Djokovic awaits his appeal, it has been reported earlier today that he was granted a vaccine exemption to enter Australia due to having contracted covid in December.

Djokovic’s lawyers said the player had been granted a temporary visa to enter the country and provided with a “medical exemption from Covid vaccination” by Tennis Australia due to a recent infection.

According to the documents, an exemption certificate stated that 14 days after testing positive in December, the player “had not had a fever or respiratory symptoms of Covid-19 in the last 72 hours”.

Prior to his arrival in Australia, Djokovic’s exemption was given by two independent medical panels organised by Tennis Australia, the body that runs the event and the state of Victoria.

His lawyers have asked he be moved to a more suitable location that will allow him to train ahead of the Australian Open should the decision for him to be deported be overturned.

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