‘Absolute Mayhem!’: Watch People Take to the Streets in Melbourne and Cheer “Free Nole”

Published 01/10/2022, 8:02 AM EST
Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Paris Masters – Accor Arena, Paris, France – November 7, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic reacts during his final match against Russia’s Daniil Medvedev REUTERS/Christian Hartmann


Novak Djokovic and his visa cancellation saga have caused a massive uproar all over the globe. People are divided in their opinions for and against World Number 1. Amidst this episode, people are taking to the streets to express themselves. One such incident occurred at Collins Street in Melbourne.

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People take to the streets in Melbourne for Djokovic

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After the court ruled in favor of the Serbian, his supporters were seen taking the streets in Melbourne. A video has surfaced in which people were seen near Djokovic’s lawyer’s office on Collins Street. People surrounded a car leaving the office and cheered “Free Nole” as the car tried to find its way through the massive crowd.

The police stepped in and tried to pacify the crowd. After about five minutes of the car coasting and being surrounded, the car left with the back window tinted.

Novak Djokovic and his case explained

Novak Djokovic was granted a medical exemption to participate in the Australian Open. However, upon his arrival in Australia, he was detained by the border authorities. Further, they also canceled his visa and threatened the defending Australian Open champion with deportation.

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Tennis – ATP Finals – Pala Alpitour, Turin, Italy – November 19, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic reacts during his group stage match against Britain’s Cameron Norrie REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

Subsequently, the 34-year-old’s legal team moved to the federal court to appeal his visa cancelation. Judge Anthony Kelly, after examining various facts, made the ruling in favor of Novak Djokovic. As per the judge’s orders, the Serb could leave his detention center and meet with his lawyers at a separate location.

However, the case took a turn further with lawyers representing the Australian government revealing that the final decision rests on the Australian immigration minister, Alex Hawke, on whether to cancel the tennis superstar’s visa. Thus, there seems to be a huge uncertainty on where this case would end up at.

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The World Number 1 and defending Australian Open champion was hoping to add another Grand Slam title to his kitty. He was hoping to receive a grand welcome at the Rod Laver Arena. On the contrary, he now faces the risk of being deported.

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Vatsal Shah

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Vatsal Shah is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. With a Bachelor's degree in engineering, he is a die hard fan of tennis and sports in general. He is an ardent follower of Rafael Nadal and is inspired by his never-say-die attitude.

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