Nick Kyrgios criticizes ‘actually dangerous’ therapy of Novak Djokovic amid visa row

Djokovic has been transferred to Melbourne’s Park Resort, a detention facility for refugees and asylum seekers, after his visa to enter Australia was blocked, in line with CNN associates Seven Community and 9 Information.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison stated this week that Djokovic, who hasn’t publicly revealed his vaccination standing, “did not have a sound medical exemption” to the vaccination requirement for arrivals into Australia.

“Look I positively consider in taking motion, I bought vaccinated due to others and for my mums (sic) well being, however how we’re dealing with Novak’s scenario is dangerous, actually dangerous,” Kyrgios wrote on Twitter on Friday.

“Like these memes, headlines, that is one in every of our nice champions however on the finish of the day, he’s human. Do higher.”

World No. 93 Kyrgios, by no means shy to talk his thoughts, has beforehand been crucial of Djokovic’s conduct in the course of the pandemic — notably in the course of the ill-fated Adria Tour occasion in 2020 which noticed plenty of gamers, together with Djokovic, take a look at optimistic for Covid-19.
Kyrgios is seen running a kids tennis clinic in Boston ahead of last year's Laver Cup.
In November, Kyrgios stated he did not suppose anybody must be pressured to get vaccinated, however later added that it will not be “morally proper to simply accept gamers from abroad that are not vaccinated” into Australia.

Djokovic, presently tied with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal on 20 grand slam singles titles and hoping to win his 10th Australian Open title in Melbourne, additionally acquired assist from fellow participant John Isner whereas the debacle about his visa continues.

“What Novak goes by way of proper now is just not proper,” Isner wrote on Twitter. “There is not any justification for the therapy he is receiving. He adopted the principles, was allowed to enter Australia, and now he is being detained in opposition to his personal will. That is such a disgrace.”
Nadal, in the meantime, was much less sympathetic in the direction of Djokovic: “He made his personal choices, and all people is free to take their very own choices, however then there are some penalties,” the Spaniard instructed reporters in Melbourne on Thursday.

“In fact, I do not just like the scenario that’s taking place. Ultimately, I really feel sorry for him. However on the identical time, he knew the situations since plenty of months in the past, so he makes his personal choice.”

Djokovic’s authorized group has sought an pressing injunction in opposition to the choice to revoke his visa whereas he continues to be held in Melbourne. The nation’s Federal Courtroom has adjourned the choice till Monday on whether or not he will probably be allowed to stay in Australia or be deported, in line with Reuters and public broadcaster ABC.

On Friday, Australia’s dwelling affairs minister Karen Andrews stated Djokovic is “not being held captive” within the nation.

“He’s free to go away at any time that he chooses to take action, and Border Power will truly facilitate that,” Andrews instructed ABC. “It’s the particular person traveler’s duty to make it possible for they’ve in place all the required documentation that’s wanted to enter Australia.”

Andrews’ feedback got here after Djokovic’s members of the family again dwelling in Serbia had protested in opposition to the actions of the Australian authorities.

“They’re holding him captive. Our Novak, our delight. Novak is Serbia, and Serbia is Novak,” Djokovic’s father, Srdjan, stated on Thursday.

“They trample Novak, and they also trample Serbia and the Serbian individuals … They wished to underestimate him, to deliver him to his knees, and never solely him, but in addition our nation, our lovely Serbia.

“We’re Serbs, proud European, civilized individuals. We by no means attacked anybody, we simply defended ourselves.”

Srdan Djokovic addresses a rally in front of Serbia's National Assembly in Belgrade on Thursday.

Djokovic’s spouse, Jelena, took a extra gentle strategy as she spoke publicly concerning the scenario for the primary time on social media: “I’m taking a deep breath to settle down and discover gratitude (and understanding) on this second for all that’s taking place,” she wrote on Instagram.

“The one regulation that we must always all respect throughout each single border is Love and respect for one more human being.”

Shortly after midnight in Melbourne on Saturday, Djokovic himself posted on Instagram, writing: “Thanks to individuals all over the world on your steady assist. I can really feel it and it’s enormously appreciated.”

CNN’s Sophie Jeong, Niamh Kennedy, AnneClaire Stapleton and Jessie Yeung contributed reporting.

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