Melbourne, Bratislava. Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic made himself known for the first time since he was arrested by Australian border authorities at the airport over visa problems after arriving in the country.
He was later moved to Melbourne’s Park Hotel, the government’s quarantine facility and temporary home for asylum seekers. He also spent the so-called Great Dinner, which is the largest Orthodox holiday.
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The 20-time Grand Slam champion has appealed to a district court in a bid to overturn a decision to deport him from Australia.
The court prevented his immediate expulsion. The case will continue on Monday at 10.00 local time (00.00 CET).
Djokovic obtained medical exemption for unvaccinated people from the Australian Open organizers, but problems arose after a 14-hour flight from Dubai to Melbourne, where they found he did not have the correct visa to enter the exemption.
On Thursday, Czech tennis player Renata Voorachova was taken to the same hotel where Djokovic currently lives. The 38-year-old roster Depp also received an exemption from regulators, as she beat Covid-19 before Christmas.
Originally released in the country, she even played a match here. Only after the Djokovic case was he arrested, heard and taken to the Park Hotel in Melbourne.
“I’m in the room and can’t go anywhere. Conditions are normal, class is better hostel. No tragedy, no successful show. There’s a escort guarding me in the hallway.” Description of the Czech tennis player in an interview for isport.cz and MF Dnes.
She confirmed that Novak Djokovic fans gathered in front of the hotel.
“I don’t have windows on the main road where they meet, so I can’t see them, but I can hear them. It was raining today. But as soon as they stopped, they were gone. They sang, they cheered.”
So that my name was heard. There are clouds here for the masses. They think they take turns. (He laughs). It is nice to have such support from them. “But now there is peace,” the Czech said.
Vorashova said that, unlike Djokovic, she was not against vaccination, but she did not have time for it yet. He plans to fly home from Melbourne as soon as possible.
“I had planned for it for the post-season and unfortunately … Well, now, unfortunately, I already had the virus at that time. And there was nowhere to be vaccinated, because I was going to travel to Australia next week,” Voráčová admitted.
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