Jelena Djokovic, Novak Djokovic’s wife, has broken her silence as her husband’s legal battle to play in the Australian Open continues following his detention and exemption to get vaccinated.
On Friday, January 7, Jelena wrote on Twitter, ‘It’s Christmas today for us, my wishes are for everyone to be healthy, happy, safe, and together with their families.’ We wish we could all be together today, but my consolation is that we are all healthy. And we will grow as a result of this experience.
‘Thank you, dear people all over the world, for using your voices to send my husband love. I’m taking a deep breath to calm down and find gratitude (and understanding) for everything that is happening right now.
‘The only law we should all follow across all borders is love and respect for another human being.’ Love and forgiveness are never mistakes; they are a powerful force.’
On Thursday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that Djokovic’s visa had been revoked because he ‘did not meet the requirements of entry.’
He is currently being held in a Melbourne immigration detention hotel with refugees, but Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews insists he is “free to leave” if he so desires.
‘Mr. Djokovic is not being held captive in Australia; he is free to leave whenever he wants, and Border Force will assist him in doing so,’ she said.
This came after Djokovic’s father claimed that he is being ‘kept in captivity.’
He allegedly received a medical exemption from Tennis Australia and the Victorian Government to enter Australia, but further questioning by border force revealed that he did not meet the conditions.
Djokovic’s legal team took the case to the Federal Court of Australia in an attempt to have the decision reversed as soon as possible.
The court ruled on Thursday that Djokovic could stay in the country until at least Monday at 4 p.m. It is hoped that the case will be resolved in court that day.
Tennis Australia has stated that they need to know whether Djokovic will be able to compete in the Grand Slam by Tuesday ‘for scheduling purposes.’