Australia's deputy PM makes consequences clear to Novak Djokovic amid tennis row

Djokovic thought he’d be participating in the 全豪オープン after being granted a medical exemption to participate but it apparently wasn’t enough to get into the country. He was detained after arriving in Melbourne on Wednesday night and his visa was eventually canceled after the Australian Border Force (ABF) 前記 彼 “failed to provide appropriate evidence to meet the entry requirements to Australia.

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Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce during Question Time in the House of Representatives at Parliament House on June 23, 2021 in Canberra, オーストラリア.

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce during Question Time in the House of Representatives at Parliament House on June 23, 2021 in Canberra, オーストラリア. (Sam Mooy/Getty Images)

それ以来, Djokovic has been held at a Melbourne hotel, where government officials also house refugees and asylum seekers.

Barnaby Joyce, Australia’s deputy prime minister, made clear of the consequences if Djokovic wasn’t being truthful in an interview with BBC.

If he hasn’t filled out the forms appropriately then he’s taking the sovereign capacity of another nation for a joke. One hundred percent someone’s made a mistake and if he hasn’t told the truth then the person who’s made the mistake is Mr. ジョコビッチ,” Joyce said.

Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts during the Men's Single's Second Semi-Final match between Novak Djokovic of Serbia and Alexander Zverev of Germany on Day Seven of the Nitto ATP World Tour Finals at Pala Alpitour on Nov. 20, 2021 in Turin, イタリア.

Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts during the Men’s Single’s Second Semi-Final match between Novak Djokovic of Serbia and Alexander Zverev of Germany on Day Seven of the Nitto ATP World Tour Finals at Pala Alpitour on Nov. 20, 2021 in Turin, イタリア. (Julian Finney/Getty Images)

NOVAK DJOKOVIC APPLIED FOR A MEDICAL EXEMPTION ON THE BASIS OF RECENTLY CONTRACTING COVID-19: 報告書

You can’t just wander around the world thinking that because you’re really rich you’re really above the laws of other nations.

による The Age, Djokovic’s reason for the exemption was that he had contracted COVID-19 in the past six months, but this reason was rejected by the ABF. Sources told the outlet that his evidence to support the medical exemption was consideredminimaland supported by just one doctor.

The medical exemption was reportedly granted in November. Djokovic and his wife announced in June that they had both tested positive for COVID-19. While he has declined to publicly comment on what his vaccination status is, he previously said in April that he isopposed to the vaccination against COVID-19 in order to travel.

Novak Djokovic of Serbia in action during the Davis Cup Finals 2021, Semifinal 1, tennis match played between Croatia and Serbia at Madrid Arena pavilion on Dec. 3, 2021, in Madrid, スペイン.

Novak Djokovic of Serbia in action during the Davis Cup Finals 2021, Semifinal 1, tennis match played between Croatia and Serbia at Madrid Arena pavilion on Dec. 3, 2021, in Madrid, スペイン. (Oscar Gonzalez/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Djokovic’s case was adjourned until Monday. He was allowed to stay in the country at the hotel until then.

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