End Djokovic harassment: Serbia President

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic says the country has offered its support to men’s tennis world No.1 Novak Djokovic, who has been left stranded at Melbourne’s Tullamarine airport over an issue with his visa ahead of this month’s Australian Open Grand Slam.

“I told our Novak that the whole of Serbia is with him and that our bodies are doing everything to see that the harassment of the world’s best tennis player is brought to an end immediately,” Vucic said in a statement on Wednesday.

Djokovic said on Tuesday he had received a medical exemption from COVID-19 vaccination requirements and flew in to Melbourne on Wednesday to play at the first major of the year, which starts on January 17 at Melbourne Park.

But while the nine-time Open champion has a COVID-19 vaccination exemption allowing him to compete, he seems not to have the correct visa to enter the country.

He is being held by the Australian Border Force at Melbourne Jet Base at Tullamarine, with a final decision on his entry into the country expected later on Thursday.

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