Novak Djokovic has spoken out from inside Australian border detention to thank his household and followers for his or her assist as he waits to listen to whether or not he will likely be deported.

The Serbian tennis ace, who has been held since Wednesday after he was barred from getting into the nation to compete within the Australian Open, additionally posted a Christmas message as a result of in the present day is Christmas Day within the Orthodox custom.

‘Thanks to folks around the globe on your steady assist. I can really feel it and it’s vastly appreciated,’ he wrote in English beneath a submit in Serbian, wherein he additionally thanked his household and countrymen. 

A second submit towards a background which featured a picture of the beginning of Christ stated: ‘God’s peace. Christ is born. Completely satisfied Christmas. Might God’s love invigorate and fulfill you all.’

Djokovic is spending his Christmas Day languishing in a ‘torture chamber’ resort used for immigration detainees near Melbourne airport after his medical exemption to enter the nation was torn up by border guards who stated he did not qualify.

He’ll stay within the resort whereas his authorized crew battles to get him into the nation in time for the event, together with his case due earlier than a courtroom on Monday. If the attraction is rejected then he will likely be deported.

The athlete’s submit got here after spouse Jelena penned her personal Instagram submit lending assist to her husband whereas calling for ‘love and forgiveness’. 

Novak Djokovic and wife Jelena

Novak Djokovic and wife Jelena

Novak Djokovic’s spouse Jelena (collectively, file picture) has despatched a message of assist to her husband – wishing him a ‘completely happy Christmas’ as a result of January 7 is the day that Orthodox Christians have a good time – whereas he languishes in Covid quarantine in Australia

Jelena asked for 'love and respect' in message posted alongside a photo of the couple to the social media on Friday (pictured)

Jelena requested for ‘love and respect’ in message posted alongside a photograph of the couple to the social media on Friday (pictured)

The 35-year-old mother-of-two said she is 'taking a deep breath to calm down and find gratitude and understanding' in a message posted on Instagram (above)

The 35-year-old mother-of-two stated she is ‘taking a deep breath to relax and discover gratitude and understanding’ in a message posted on Instagram (above)

Leaked letter PROVES Tennis Australia bosses advised unvaccinated gamers a previous Covid an infection  would get them into the nation

A leaked letter has revealed that unvaccinated tennis gamers have been advised they might attend the Australian Open offered that they had Covid inside the final six months – piling stress on Tennis Australia bosses over the Novak Djokovic border debacle. 

Steering despatched to gamers in early December and now leaked to the press lays out causes that athletes can qualify for a ‘medical exemption’ to enter Australia, saying that ‘just lately recovered circumstances’ will likely be allowed into the nation.

To qualify, gamers have been advised to offer a Covid-positive PCR take a look at dated after July 31 together with antibody assessments proving pure immunity ‘if accessible’. The leak will heap stress on Tennis Australia boss Craig Tiley to show what he was advised and when, and why precisely that steerage was issued. 



It’s believed that Djokovic travelled to Australia utilizing this exemption solely to be stopped on the border and advised that he did not meet necessities, leaving him languishing in a ‘torture chamber’ resort used for detained immigrants.

Mr Tiley was already underneath stress after Jacinta Allan, performing Victorian premier, accused him of failing to reveal steerage he was given in November saying that prior infections wouldn’t depend at border management.

She denied {that a} medical exemption issued by her state had certified Djokovic to cross the Australian border, saying it solely gave him entry to venues within the state.

Ms Allan stated: ‘It’s the Commonwealth authorities … that is liable for issuing visas and the way they interact in that dialogue with our bodies like Tennis Australia is a matter for them.’ 

Exemptions to play within the Australian Open are ‘very a lot separate from the visa course of,’ Allan added.  

The 35-year-old mother-of-two, who met Djokovic as an adolescent and has been censured for spreading Covid disinformation up to now, wrote on Instagram that she is ‘taking a deep breath to relax and discover gratitude (and understanding) on this second for all that’s occurring.’

‘Thanks pricey folks, all around the globe for utilizing your voice to ship like to my husband,’ she added. ‘The one regulation that we must always all respect throughout each single border is Love and respect for one more human being.’ 

She additionally wished her husband a ‘completely happy Christmas’ as a result of Orthodox Christians mark Jesus’s birthday on January 7. An Orthodox priest stated it was ‘appalling’ that Djokovic is spending the day in a resort likened to a ‘torture chamber’.

Her message was posted amid protests in Serbia led by Djokovic’s dad and mom, who’ve slammed his remedy by Australian border officers – claiming he’s being held ‘prisoner’ in ‘horrible’ situations.

However Residence Affairs Minister Karen Andrews has hit again, saying Djokovic can go away any time he needs and is staying of his personal will whereas attorneys contest the border ruling. His case is due in courtroom Monday. 

‘Mr Djokovic will not be being held captive in Australia, he’s free to go away at any time that he chooses to take action and Border Power will really facilitate that,’ she stated. 

She spoke because the blame recreation amongst Australian officers over the saga continued, with Victoria’s state premier in the present day pointing the finger at tennis bosses. 

Jacinta Allan, performing Victorian premier, has been underneath stress as a result of it was her state which granted Djokovic a medical exemption – believed to be on the grounds that he was beforehand contaminated with Covid as a result of he isn’t at present vaccinated.

However Allan clarified on Friday, saying the exemption solely certified Djokovic to play within the event and to not cross the Australian border.

As a substitute she pointed the finger of blame at Craig Tiley, Tennis Australia boss, after it emerged the Division of Well being despatched him two letters again in November saying that prior Covid an infection wouldn’t be enough to cross the border.

Allan stated Tiley failed to tell her authorities that the exemption which certified Djokovic to play within the event wouldn’t get him into the nation.

In response to her account, it was this failed communication which led Djokovic to board a flight to Australia believing he had been granted an exemption to enter the nation – when in truth he had not.

Ms Allan stated: ‘It’s the Commonwealth authorities … that is liable for issuing visas and the way they interact in that dialogue with our bodies like Tennis Australia is a matter for them.’ 

Exemptions to play within the Australian Open are ‘very a lot separate from the visa course of,’ Allan added. 

Djokovich has been receiving calls from Serbia, together with from his dad and mom and the president, hoping to spice up his spirits. 

A priest from the Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Melbourne sought permission from immigration authorities to go to the nine-time Australian Open champion to have a good time the Orthodox Christmas.

‘Our Christmas is wealthy in lots of customs and it’s so necessary {that a} priest visits him,’ the church’s dean, Milorad Locard, advised the Australian Broadcasting Corp.  

Supporters of the Serbian tennis star have gathered outside the Covid hotel where he is being quarantined to demand that he be released

Supporters of the Serbian tennis star have gathered outdoors the Covid resort the place he’s being quarantined to demand that he be launched

The hotel where Djokovic is being kept has been likened to a 'torture chamber' which is also used to house refugees

The resort the place Djokovic is being stored has been likened to a ‘torture chamber’ which can be used to accommodate refugees

Opponents of Djokovic- who has drawn controversy in the past after speaking out against vaccines - have also been out protesting

Opponents of Djokovic- who has drawn controversy up to now after talking out towards vaccines – have additionally been out protesting

‘The entire thing round this occasion is appalling. That he has to spend Christmas in detention … it’s unthinkable.’

Djokovic’s supporters gathered outdoors the Park Resort, used to accommodate refugees and asylum seekers close to downtown Melbourne, waving flags and banners.

They combined with human rights advocates who have been there extra to focus on the plight for different longer-term folks in detention, many who’ve complained about their dwelling situations and publicity to the coronavirus within the pandemic.

On Thursday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison revealed Djokovic’s visa had been cancelled as a result of he ‘did not meet the necessities of entry’. 

Djokovic’s authorized crew took the matter to the Federal Court docket of Australia in an try and have the choice swiftly overturned.

On Thursday, the courtroom ordered Djokovic may stay within the nation till at the very least Monday 4pm. It is hoped the matter will likely be settled in courtroom that day.

Tennis Australia have indicated they need a call as as to whether Djokovic can play within the Grand Slam no later than Tuesday ‘for scheduling functions’. 

The Australian Open was dealt an additional blow in the present day as Residence Affairs Minister Karen Andrews revealed two different worldwide arrivals have been being investigated after travelling to Australia in related circumstances for the Open.

‘I can verify the Australian Border Power is conducting its inquiries … I’m conscious that there are two people at present being investigated by Australian Border Power,’ Andrews advised Channel Seven. 

Andrews stated anybody getting into Australia needed to present proof of vaccination or medical explanation why they don’t seem to be vaccinated.

‘We do have the intelligence to point there are some people right here now that haven’t met the entry necessities and now we have to analyze that,’ Andrews stated earlier on the 9 Community.

‘I do know there’s loads of chatter in regards to the visa. The visa, on my understanding, will not be the difficulty, it’s the entry requirement.

‘The Border Power has been very clear that he (Novak) was not in a position to meet the requirement to offer the proof he wanted for entry to Australia.’

Past the quiet of Djokovic’s resort, the outcry in his native Serbia is rising together with his household saying he had been ‘held captive’ and insisting the remedy of one among sport’s best performers was a shame. 

Allan pointed the finger of blame at tennis boss Craig Tiley (pictured), after it emerged he was twice warned that evidence of prior Covid infection was not sufficient for border exemption

Allan pointed the finger of blame at tennis boss Craig Tiley (pictured), after it emerged he was twice warned that proof of prior Covid an infection was not enough for border exemption 

Victoria premier Jacinta Allan, whose state granted Djokovic a medical exemption, said that only permits him to play in the tournament - not enter the country

Victoria premier Jacinta Allan, whose state granted Djokovic a medical exemption, stated that solely permits him to play within the event – not enter the nation

How Australian authorities have handballed accountability over the Djokovic visa saga 

Victorian performing Sports activities Minister Jaala Pulford says: 

‘The Federal Authorities has requested if we’ll assist Novak Djokovic’s visa utility to enter Australia. We won’t be offering Novak Djokovic with particular person visa utility assist to take part within the 2022 Australian Open Grand Slam. 

‘We have at all times been clear on two factors: visa approvals are a matter for the Federal Authorities, and medical exemptions are a matter for medical doctors.’ 

Residence Affairs Minister Jaren Andrews says:

‘The ABF didn’t request Victorian authorities assist for a visa. The ABF reached out to the Victorian authorities to validate their public statements about their assist for Mr Djokovic’s entry, and whether or not Victoria had additional info associated to his medical exemption documentation.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison says:

‘Tennis Australia, as I perceive, stated that he may play and that’s tremendous, that’s their name. However we make the decision on the border and that’s the place it’s enforced.

‘I’m unaware of the Victorian authorities place on whether or not they have been ready to permit him to not need to quarantine or not.’

Victorian Well being Minister Martin Foley says:

‘The Commonwealth permits you to into the nation. Tennis Australia, in partership with the state, permits you to into the event… Somebody issued Novak Djokovic a visa, and it wasn’t the Victorian authorities.

‘I am not blaming the Commonwealth for something. All I am saying is there’s a two-step course of to get into the nation… You get into the nation, that is the Commonwealth of Australia’s accountability. 

Novak Djokovic’s brother Djordje says:

‘He had the identical doc as a number of tennis gamers who’re already in Australia. Novak and his crew had no method of contacting federal authorities. The one technique to make contact was through Tennis Australia. Novak did not apply, Tennis Australia did.’ 


His household complained in regards to the resort as round 300 followers held a rally in entrance of the nation’s parliament constructing within the capital Belgrade,

‘It is just a few small immigration resort, if we are able to name it a resort in any respect. Some bugs, it is soiled, and the meals is so horrible,’ Djokovic’s mom Dijana stated in a press convention.

His father Srdjan promised the gang the protests could be held day-after-day till Djokovic was launched. 

Nearer to residence, former Davis Cup participant Paul McNamee who ran the Australian Open from 1995 till 2006 as event director, joined those that suppose the 34-year-old deserved his day on courtroom, not in courtroom.

‘It is not honest. The man performed by the principles, he obtained his visa, he arrives, he is a nine-time champion and whether or not folks prefer it or not he is entitled to honest play,’ McNamee advised ABC Information.

‘There isn’t any doubt there’s some disconnect between the state and the federal authorities. I hate to suppose politics are concerned however it feels that method.’

Djokovic, one of many best tennis gamers of all time, has garnered headlines lately for his stance on Covid vaccines that has enhanced his popularity as a polorising determine.

He first spoke out towards vaccination again in April 2020, when the primary wave of Covid was spreading and earlier than a jab had even been developed, to say he was not in favour of getting one.

Additional controversy got here in June when he hosted a Balkans tennis event with no masks sporting or social distancing measures in place that led to a number of gamers – together with himself – getting contaminated with Covid.

As vaccines have been rolled out final yr and journey guidelines relaxed for many who had taken the jab, Djokovic remained silent about his personal standing – main many to suspect he had not been jabbed and wouldn’t be allowed to play on the Australian Open.

However come December, his title was introduced on lists for each the Open and the warm-up ATP Cup – with Tennis Australia revealing earlier this month that he had been granted a medical exemption. 

Srdjan and Diana Djokovic, the tennis star's parents, have been leading protests in his native Serbia against the decision - calling it politically motivated

Srdjan and Diana Djokovic, the tennis star’s dad and mom, have been main protests in his native Serbia towards the choice – calling it politically motivated

Protests erupted outside the detention hotel where Novak is being held

Protests erupted outdoors the detention resort the place Novak is being held

That prompted a livid backlash from Australians who’ve been struggling underneath a few of the world’s strictest virus management measures for 2 years, together with tight border guidelines and bans for the unvaccinated.

Amid the furor, Prime Minister Scott Morrison introduced on Wednesday that Djokovic’s visa had been cancelled on the airport and he could be despatched residence.

Whereas the choice delighted Djokovic’s critics and plenty of strange Australians, it additionally sparked recriminations for Mr Morrison, finger-pointing between the our bodies concerned, and allegations of political grandstanding.

Djokovic’s father insists he is being ‘stored in captivity… to stomp throughout Serbia and Serbian folks’ in a fiery speech which additionally likened the sportsman to Jesus.

‘Jesus was crucified on the cross … however he’s nonetheless alive amongst us,’ Srdjan stated. ‘They’re attempting to crucify and belittle Novak and throw him to his knees.’

The feedback got here as Djokovic’s dad and mom slammed ‘fool’ Australian officers for detaining him in a refugee resort as a bitter confrontation erupted after the tennis star had his visa cancelled.

Srdjan railed towards his ‘imprisonment’ saying he’s the sufferer of a ‘political assault’, having been made a ‘scapegoat’ of Australia’s harsh vaccine guidelines.

He known as on Serbians and other people all around the globe to ‘stand up’ and problem the politicians and border brokers who need to ‘humiliate’ their sporting star.

How has the Djokovic saga unfolded for the reason that pandemic started? 

Lower than six weeks after Covid was first declared a pandemic by the World Well being Organisation, Novak Djokovic took half in an April 2020 Fb reside stream with fellow Serbian athletes to precise his doubts over vaccines.

A vaccination towards Covid had not but even been created, and but Djokovic was already telling his followers he was ‘against vaccination and would not need to be compelled to take a vaccine with a view to journey’. 

‘My job requires a lot of journey. Some are saying that, for us who journey, we must take the vaccine that’s but to be developed. Subsequently, I want to repeat and level out that at this second, we should not have enough info,’ he stated.

‘I’m no knowledgeable, however I do need to have an possibility to decide on what’s finest for my physique. I’m conserving an open thoughts, and I will proceed to analysis this matter as a result of it’s important and it’ll have an effect on all of us.’

By June of the identical yr, Djokovic had examined optimistic to Covid, together with at the very least 4 of his colleagues.

He’d been enjoying an exhibition event that he organised within the Balkan area with restricted well being and security protocols.

‘I’m so deeply sorry our event triggered hurt. Every little thing the organisers and I did the previous month, we did with a pure coronary heart and honest intentions… We have been fallacious and it was too quickly. I am unable to categorical how sorry I’m for this and each case of an infection,’ he stated in an announcement.

Even after his apology, Djokovic refused to disclose his vaccination standing, describing it as his personal medical info.

The Australian Open is the primary competitors since vaccines turned accessible that has mandated the jab. 

It is going to be clearer come Monday whether or not Djokovic will likely be free to contest the title for a tenth yr.