Novak Djokovic’s calls for for a private chef and entry to a tennis court docket whereas staying in a Melbourne resort as he awaits his court docket listening to have been rejected by Australian Border Drive.

The World No. 1 has been instructed he’ll obtain no particular therapy whereas he stays in immigration custody on the $109-a-night Park Resort in Carlton. 

Djokovic had requested a private chef so he may keep his very strict food regimen because the tennis professional lives with an intolerance to gluten. 

The 34-year-old had additionally requested to be transferred to a rented residence with a tennis court docket so he may prepare and stay in prime form forward of the Australian Open with the event set to start in a bit of over per week on January 17.

Djokovic even supplied to pay for personal guards within the hopes he may make the transfer.

However Australian Border Drive have rejected all of his requests and insisted he’ll stay on the resort till a court docket guidelines on his deportation on Monday.

Djokovic has been pressured to powerful it out alongside 32 different refugees and asylum seekers who’ve beforehand complained about poor residing situations on the resort that has been dubbed the ‘Different Place of Detention’.

Novak Djokovic requested a personal chef and access to a tennis court while staying in a Melbourne hotel before his demands were rejected by Australian Border Force

Novak Djokovic requested a private chef and entry to a tennis court docket whereas staying in a Melbourne resort earlier than his calls for had been rejected by Australian Border Drive

The World No. 1 has been told he will receive no special treatment as he remains in immigration custody at the $109-a-night Park Hotel in Carlton

The World No. 1 has been instructed he’ll obtain no particular therapy as he stays in immigration custody on the $109-a-night Park Resort in Carlton

Djokovic has been forced to tough it out alongside 32 other refugees and asylum seekers who have previously complained about poor living conditions at the hotel that has been dubbed the 'Alternative Place of Detention'

Djokovic has been pressured to powerful it out alongside 32 different refugees and asylum seekers who’ve beforehand complained about poor residing situations on the resort that has been dubbed the ‘Different Place of Detention’

Maggot-riddled meals, mouldy bread, fires, Covid outbreaks and bugs in rooms are among the many complaints made by a few of the visitors. 

His detainment on the resort has sparked rallies in Melbourne and Belgrade with the Serbian authorities claiming the situations are usually not ‘befitting’ to the most effective sportsman whereas Djokovic’s household have accused the Australian authorities of treating their son like a ‘prisoner’. 

The positioning been used as a authorities detention resort since December 2020, with employees and visitors beforehand slamming it as an ‘incubator’ for Covid.

The anti-vaxx Djokovic, who has refused to disclose what number of, if any, Covid jabs he has acquired, must stay in his room the place the home windows are sealed shut and air is circulated by air conditioners. 

He has been holed up within the resort in Melbourne’s inner-city since arriving late on Wednesday evening. 

After no less than six hours of heated discussions with border pressure officers, the Serbian star’s visa was cancelled, with the 20-time grand slam winner to now combat the choice in court docket from Monday.

Djokovic was deemed to haven’t met outlined Australian authorities visa necessities to enter the nation after flying in from Dubai.

In October, practically half of these being held within the resort examined optimistic for the Delta pressure, with one man taken to hospital by ambulance. 

Photos shared by horrified detainees in the hotel showed maggots and mould in the food provided

Photos shared by horrified detainees in the hotel showed maggots and mould in the food provided

Photographs shared by horrified detainees within the resort allegedly confirmed maggots and mold within the meals offered 

Photos shared by an asylum seeker showing the food that is being served to guests at the Park Hotel

Photographs shared by an asylum seeker exhibiting the meals that’s being served to visitors on the Park Resort 

Novak Djokovic and wife Jelena

Novak Djokovic and wife Jelena

Novak Djokovic (left and proper with spouse Jelena) has damaged his silence from inside immigration detention in Australia after being denied entry 

Refugees are made to share a standard kitchen space and elevate if travelling between flooring.

Individuals who check optimistic are moved to the primary flooring however this may occur days after the exams are taken.

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

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

‘Thanks to individuals world wide to your steady help. I can really feel it and it’s drastically appreciated,’ he wrote in English beneath a publish in Serbian, wherein he additionally thanked his household and countrymen. 

A second publish towards a background which featured a picture of the start of Christ mentioned: ‘God’s peace. Christ is born. Comfortable Christmas. Might God’s love invigorate and fulfill you all.’

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

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 mentioned she is ‘taking a deep breath to relax and discover gratitude and understanding’ in a message posted on Instagram (above)



In a single message, written in Serbian and English (left), he thanked his household and followers for standing by him. In a second (proper) he wished Orthodox Christians a cheerful Christmas, which they’re marking as we speak

The 35-year-old mother-of-two, who met Djokovic as a teen and has been censured for spreading Covid disinformation prior 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 taking place.’

‘Thanks expensive individuals, all world wide 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 an additional human being.’ 

She additionally wished her husband a ‘pleased Christmas’ as a result of Orthodox Christians mark Jesus’s birthday on January 7. An Orthodox priest mentioned 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 mother and father, who’ve slammed his therapy 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 depart any time he needs and is staying of his personal will whereas legal professionals contest the border ruling. His case is due in court docket Monday. 

‘Mr Djokovic shouldn’t be being held captive in Australia, he’s free to go away at any time that he chooses to take action and Border Drive will truly facilitate that,’ she mentioned. 

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

Jacinta Allan, appearing Victorian premier, has been beneath 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’s not 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.

Tennis Australia CEO Craig Tiley informed the nation's advisory body on immunisation in November last year the viability of the tournament hinged on 'allowing' overseas players to compete in Melbourne who were not double-vaccinated

Tennis Australia CEO Craig Tiley knowledgeable the nation’s advisory physique on immunisation in November final yr the viability of the event hinged on ‘permitting’ abroad gamers to compete in Melbourne who weren’t double-vaccinated

As an alternative 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 mentioned 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 accordance with 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 reality he had not.

Ms Allan mentioned: ‘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. 

However Tiley has damaged his silence over the Novak Djokovic visa debacle, claiming his employees have accomplished an ‘unbelievable job’ regardless of the governing physique coming beneath fireplace for giving the unvaxxed star flawed well being recommendation.

Tiley additionally referred to as out quite a few situations of ‘finger pointing’ which have adopted within the ugly saga the previous few days – whereas Serbian famous person and anti-vaxxer Djokovic stays stranded in immigration detention in Melbourne, a far cry from his typical luxurious way of life.

In a leaked video, Tiley acknowledged TA employees’s professionalism and diligence in what he firmly believes has been a radical job within the lead as much as the annual grand slam event.

‘There’s a whole lot of finger pointing happening and a whole lot of blaming happening, however I can guarantee you our crew has accomplished an unbelievable job and have accomplished all the pieces they probably may based on all of the directions that they’ve been offered,’ he mentioned within the clip.

‘We empathise with the state of affairs we at present have. We’re a participant first occasion…we’re working intently with Novak and his crew.’

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

A leaked letter has revealed that unvaccinated tennis gamers had been instructed they may 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. 

Steerage 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 ‘lately recovered circumstances’ shall be allowed into the nation.

To qualify, gamers had been instructed to offer a Covid-positive PCR check dated after July 31 together with antibody exams proving pure immunity ‘if obtainable’. The leak will heap stress on Tennis Australia boss Craig Tiley to show what he was instructed and when, and why precisely that steering was issued. 



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

Mr Tiley was already beneath stress after Jacinta Allan, appearing Victorian premier, accused him of failing to reveal steering he was given in November saying that prior infections wouldn’t rely 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 mentioned: ‘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 mother and father 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, instructed 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 exterior 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 saved 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 prior 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 exterior 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 had been there extra to focus on the plight for different longer-term individuals in detention, many who’ve complained about their residing 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 Courtroom of Australia in an try to have the choice swiftly overturned.

On Thursday, the court docket ordered Djokovic may stay within the nation till no less than Monday 4pm. It is hoped the matter shall be settled in court docket that day.

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

The Australian Open was dealt an extra blow as we speak as Residence Affairs Minister Karen Andrews revealed two different worldwide arrivals had been being investigated after travelling to Australia in related circumstances for the Open.

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

Andrews mentioned anybody coming into Australia needed to present proof of vaccination or medical the 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 we have now to analyze that,’ Andrews mentioned earlier on the 9 Community.

‘I do know there’s a whole lot of chatter concerning the visa. The visa, on my understanding, shouldn’t be the difficulty, it’s the entry requirement.

‘The Border Drive 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 therapy of considered one of sport’s biggest 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, mentioned that solely permits him to play within the event – not enter the nation

How Australian authorities have handballed duty over the Djokovic visa saga 

Victorian appearing Sports activities Minister Jaala Pulford says: 

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

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

Residence Affairs Minister Jaren Andrews says:

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

Prime Minister Scott Morrison says:

‘Tennis Australia, as I perceive, mentioned that he may play and that’s high-quality, 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 had been ready to permit him to not need to quarantine or not.’

Victorian Well being Minister Martin Foley says:

‘The Commonwealth enables you to into the nation. Tennis Australia, in partership with the state, enables 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 duty. 

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 means of contacting federal authorities. The one technique to make contact was by way of Tennis Australia. Novak did not apply, Tennis Australia did.’ 


His household complained concerning 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 will name it a resort in any respect. Some bugs, it is soiled, and the meals is so horrible,’ Djokovic’s mom Dijana mentioned in a press convention.

His father Srdjan promised the group the protests can be held on daily basis till Djokovic was launched. 

Nearer to house, 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 court docket, not in court docket.

‘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 individuals prefer it or not he is entitled to honest play,’ McNamee instructed 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 nevertheless it feels that means.’

Djokovic, one of many biggest 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 carrying or social distancing measures in place that led to a number of gamers – together with himself – getting contaminated with Covid.

As vaccines had been rolled out final yr and journey guidelines relaxed for individuals 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 identify 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 mother and father, 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 exterior the detention resort the place Novak is being held

That prompted a livid backlash from Australians who’ve been struggling beneath 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 can be despatched house.

Whereas the choice delighted Djokovic’s critics and plenty of odd 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 ‘saved in captivity… to stomp throughout Serbia and Serbian individuals’ 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 mentioned. ‘They’re making an attempt to crucify and belittle Novak and throw him to his knees.’

The feedback got here as Djokovic’s mother and father 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 referred to as on Serbians and folks all world wide 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 pressured to take a vaccine as a way to journey’. 

‘My job requires a number of journey. Some are saying that, for us who journey, we must take the vaccine that’s but to be developed. Subsequently, I wish to repeat and level out that at this second, we do not need sufficient data,’ he mentioned.

‘I’m no professional, however I do need to have an choice to decide on what’s greatest for my physique. I’m holding an open thoughts, and I will proceed to analysis this subject as a result of it is necessary and it’ll have an effect on all of us.’

By June of the identical yr, Djokovic had examined optimistic to Covid, together with no less than 4 of his colleagues.

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

‘I’m so deeply sorry our event brought about hurt. Every little thing the organisers and I did the previous month, we did with a pure coronary heart and honest intentions… We had been flawed and it was too quickly. I can not categorical how sorry I’m for this and each case of an infection,’ he mentioned in a press release.

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

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

Will probably be clearer come Monday whether or not Djokovic shall be free to contest the title for a tenth yr.