Novak Djokovic visa row: Talks with Australian government been constructive, says Serbia PM Ana Brnabic

YB WEB DESK. Dated: 1/10/2022 1:07:58 PM

New Delhi, Jan 9 Even as Novak Djokovic is awaiting the court verdict on Monday on his visa cancellation row, Serbia Prime Minister Ana Brnabic said he is in contact with the Australian government to ensure the World No. 1 is not deported from the Serbia PM said glutenfree food is delivered to Djokovic at the team hotel and the necessary equipment to stay in touch with his family from the quarantine facility in Melbourne. Djokovic, a vocal opponent of vaccine mandates, has been held up in a Melbourne hotel since Thursday after his visa was cancelled due to problems with the medical exemption from vaccination granted by the organisers of the Australian Open. "He's staying in Park Hotel until the final decision is made," Brnabic said. "We've managed to make sure gluten-free food is delivered to him, as well as exercising tools, a laptop and a SIM card so that he is able to be in contact with his family." Djokovic's lawyers said in a court submission that he was granted a medical exemption by Tennis Australia and the Victorian government as he contracted Covid in December 2021. The drama has already become a diplomatic issue, with Serbia accusing Australia of treating Djokovic, 34, like a prisoner. It has also become a flashpoint for opponents of vaccine mandates around the world. Brnabic said she had also spoken with Australian.


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