Novak Djokovic’s wife finally speaks out about her husband’s incarceration in Australia
Touchaheart Nigeria reports that Novak Djokovic’s wife, Jelena, has spoken out about her husband’s legal battle to play in the Australian Open following his detention and exemption from vaccinations.
Taking to Twitter on Friday January 7, Jelena wrote: ‘It’s Christmas today for us, my wishes are for everyone to be healthy, happy, safe and together with families. We wish we are all together today, but my consolation is that at least we are healthy. And we will grow from this experience.
‘Thank you, dear people, all around the world for using your voice to send love to my husband. I am taking a deep breath to calm down and find gratitude (and understanding) in this moment for all that is happening.
‘The only law that we should all respect across every single border is Love and respect for another human being. Love and forgiveness is never a mistake but a powerful force.’
On Thursday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison revealed Djokovic’s visa had been cancelled because he ‘didn’t meet the requirements of entry’.
He’s being held in a Melbourne immigration detention hotel among refugees, but Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews says he’s free to leave’ if he wants to.
‘Mr. Djokovic is not being held captive in Australia, he is free to leave at any time that he chooses to do so and Border Force will actually facilitate that,’ she said.
This came after Djokovic’s father claimed that he was being ‘kept in captivity.
He had purportedly secured a medical exemption from Tennis Australia and the Victorian Government to enter Australia, but it was found that he did not meet the conditions after further interrogation by border police.
In an attempt to get the ruling quickly overturned, Djokovic’s legal team took the case to the Federal Court of Australia.
The court decided on Thursday that Djokovic could stay in the country until at least 4 p.m. on Monday. It’s hoped that the case will be settled that day in court.
Tennis Australia has stated that a decision on whether Djokovic would be able to compete in the Grand Slam must be made by Tuesday ‘for scheduling purposes.’