Novak Djokovic’s family held an emergency press conference on Thursday in Serbia.
Mother Dijana has spoken to her son on the phone and said he is struggling to sleep in the “terrible , dirty accommodation” where he is detained in Australia.
“He was like good. We didn’t speak a lot but we spoke for a few minutes,” Dijana Djokovic told reporters.
They’re keeping him as a prisoner, it’s just not fair, it’s not human.’
“So I just hope that he will be strong, as we are trying to give him some energy to keep going. I hope that he will win.”
She continued: “Terrible. Terrible accommodation. It’s just some small immigration hotel, if it’s a hotel at all, with some bugs.
“It’s all dirty and the food is so terrible as well.
“What can I say? They don’t want to give him any chance to move on to some better hotel or house, which he has already rented.”
His outspoken father Srdjan remarkably likened his son’s treatment in Australia to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ
“Jesus was crucified and everything was done to him, and he endured, he is still alive among us,” he said.
“They are trying to crucify Novak in the same way, to underestimate him, to throw him to his knees, to do everything to him.”
Djokovic had his visa cancelled on Thursday after originally receiving a medical exemption to compete at this month’s Australian Open by the organisers independent panels of doctors.
The world No 1 has constantly refused to reveal his COVID-19 vaccination status and the Australian government’s Border Force blocked his entry into the country stating that he had failed to provide “appropriate proof” of his eligibility
Djokovic is now facing an anxious wait over the weekend in his AU$104 a night “hellhole” The Park Hotel in Carlton as he awaits the deliberations of his Visa appeal which will commence at 10am local time on Monday morning.
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