‘Autocracy Has Shown Its True Face Today’: Novak Djokovic’s Father Calls on Queen Elizabeth to Intervene

Published 01/10/2022, 11:21 PM EST
Tennis – ATP Finals – Pala Alpitour, Turin, Italy – November 19, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates after winning his group stage match against Britain’s Cameron Norrie REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane


Ever since Novak Djokovic’s visa cancelation saga has erupted, the entire tennis fraternity has been actively speaking about it. World Number 1’s family members have backed the Serbian star in his fight against the Australian government. Novak’s father, Srdjan Djokovic, has requested Queen Elizabeth to save his son from this political mess.

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Srdjan Djokovic’s appeal to Queen Elizabeth

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In a speech delivered to Serbian media, Novak Djokovic’s father has called the Australian Prime Minister a ‘dictator’. Further, he requested Queen Elizabeth to intervene in his son’s visa cancelation saga. This statement follows the alleged false claims from the Djokovic family that Australian authorities were seeking to arrest Novak despite his victory.

TOKYO, JAPAN – JULY 31: Novak Djokovic of Team Serbia reacts against Pablo Carreno Busta of Team Spain during the Men’s Singles Bronze Medal Match on day eight of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Tennis Park on July 31, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)

Srdjan Djokovic said, “Autocracy has shown its true face today. Contrary to the decision of the independent court of Australia, dictator Scott ordered the arrest of my son, your world champion, Novak Djokovic, and deportation, banning him from entering the country for three long years.”  He further went on to add, “The court showed that law exists in Australia, but Scott dared to take justice into his own hands.”

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The 61-YO called upon Queen Elizabeth, the leader of the Commonwealth, to intervene and protect the human rights of his son Novak Djokovic; to stop the political prosecution that has been carried out against World Number 1 since he came to Australia.

The path ahead for Novak Djokovic

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The decision to cancel World Number 1’s visa was quashed by the Federal Circuit Court. Subsequently, the court ordered the Serbian’s release from hotel detention. However, the 20-time Grand Slam champion’s participation at the Australian Open is not yet guaranteed despite his win at the court yesterday.

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

The Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Alex Hawke holds the power to personally intervene and cancel Djokovic’s visa. If his visa is canceled by Alex Hawke, Djokovic won’t be able to enter Australia for three years. If this happens, we might have already seen the last of Novak Djokovic at the Rod Laver Arena.

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Will Novak Djokovic be able to compete at the Australian Open again? Do let us know your views in the comments below.

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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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