Novak Djokovic breaks silence on visa scandal from hotel detention

Novak Djokovic has thanked fans for their support as he awaits the result of his appeal after being blocked from entering Australia in a row over Covid rules.

In a message on Instagram, the tennis world No. 1 wrote: “Thank you to people around the world for your continuous support. I can feel it and it is greatly appreciated.”

And in a message written in Serbian, he said: “Thank you to my family, Serbia and all good people across the world who are sending me support. Thanks to dear God for health.”

It comes after his wife Jelena also thanked his fans for “using your voice to send love to my husband” while he remains in a quarantine hotel.

“Thank you dear people, all around the world for using your voice to send love to my husband,” Jelena Djokovic wrote on Instagram and Twitter.

In messages marking Christmas in Serbia, she wrote: “I am taking a deep breath to calm down and find gratitude (and understanding) in this moment for all that is happening.

“The only law that we should all respect across every single border is Love and respect for another human being.

“Love and forgiveness is never a mistake but a powerful force. Wishing you all well!”Jelena Djokovic and Novak Djokovic, Picture: InstagramSource: Instagram

Djokovic’s message comes after the Herald Sun revealed a leaked document from Tennis Australia which reportedly showed the organisation wrongly informed unvaccinated players they could enter the country for the Australian Open if they had caught Covid within the last six months.

The letter said unvaccinated players needed to prove they’d had the virus within the past six months in order to enter and get an overseas medical exemption certificate. They also needed a second exemption either signed off by an Australian medical practitioner or a panel of expert medical personnel.

Meanwhile, Czech doubles star Renata Voracova reportedly suffered a similar fate as Djokovic after her visa was cancelled and she was detained in the same hotel as the Serbian World No. 1.

Voracova, the 38-year-old world No. 80 doubles player, had already been allowed into the country and played an Australian Open warm up event in Melbourne.

Reports emerged on Friday night that she had seen her visa cancelled was being detained by Border Force officials at the Park Hotel in Carlton. Voracova had used the same reason as Djokovic, which was believed to be a “natural immunity” — having contracted Covid in the past six months.

It remains unclear whether she will leave the country immediately or protest the decision in court.

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