Greek-Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios on Sunday called on Australia to “do better” in its handling of Novak Djokovic, who is confined to a temporary detention center in Melbourne as he takes legal action against the cancellation of his visa.
Kyrgios, who has openly criticized Djokovic in the past, came to the defense of the Serbian star. He called on Australia to treat Djokovic with more humanity.
“Listen, I really believe in action, I got the vaccine because of others and for my mother’s health, but the way we are dealing with Novak’s situation is bad, really bad,” he said. he declares.
“Like, those memes, headlines, he’s one of our big champions but at the end of the day he’s human. Do better.”
In November, Kyrgios said he didn’t think anyone should be required to be vaccinated, but later added that it wouldn’t be “morally fair to accept players from overseas who aren’t vaccinated “in Australia.
Djokovic visa debacle continues
Djokovic, currently tied with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in 20 Grand Slam singles titles and hoping to win his 10th Australian Open title in Melbourne, also received support from compatriot John Isner as the debacle regarding his visa continues.
Meanwhile, according to the Sun Herald, a document leaked by Tennis Australia (TA) would have shown that the organization had falsely informed unvaccinated players that they could enter the country for the Australian Open if they had caught Covid in the last six month.
the Sun Herald Unvaccinated players were told in December that they had to prove they had had the virus within the past six months in order to get an exemption to enter the country and compete in the first grand slam of the year.
Novak Djokovic thanked fans for their support as he awaits the outcome of his appeal after being barred from entering Australia in a row due to Covid rules.
In a post on Instagram, the world’s No. 1 tennis player wrote: “Thank you people around the world for your continued support. I can feel it and it is greatly appreciated.
Djokovic is “not held captive” in Australia
Australian Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews said on Friday that Djokovic was “not being held captive” in the country.
“He’s free to go anytime he chooses to, and Border Force will actually make that easier,” Andrews told ABC. “It is the responsibility of every traveler to ensure that they have all the necessary documents to enter Australia.”
Andrews’ comments came after Djokovic’s family members, who remained at home in Serbia, protested the actions of Australian authorities.
“They are holding him captive. Our Novak, our pride. Novak is Serbia, and Serbia is Novak, ”Djokovic’s father Srdjan said on Thursday.