Australian Open: the Djokovic saga turns into a diplomatic affair

DIPLOMATIC MATCH – The Serbian president blasted the Australian Prime Minister, saying the authorities were “mistreating” Novak Djokovic. In Australia, the opposition criticizes the government for using this case to divert attention.

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For Novak Djokovic, racket shots seem a long way off. His visa, allowing him to stay in Australia for the first Grand Slam tournament of the season, has once again been canceled by the government, ” on health and public order basis”. From Saturday, two days before the opening of the competition, the world number one in tennis will return to detention, where he has already spent several days after entering Australia without respecting the obligation to be vaccinated against Covid-20. All’ info on

Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open, a saga for a visa

If the Serb still hopes to exchange his first blows on Australian soil next week, the leaders of the two countries did not wait for the start of the competition to exchange pleasantries. This Friday evening, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic openly attacked Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison. “Why are you mistreating him?”, he insurgent. “Why are you attacking not only him, but also his family and the whole nation?”

The Djokovic affair, a “distraction” for the Australian opposition

Pending the response of the Australian government, which wants to be firm on the rules in force to fight against the Covid pandemic -15, the case has already taken a new turn . Even within the ocean country, the decision to cancel Novak Djokovic’s visa is disputed. According to Sydney Morning Herald, the opposition believes that Scott Morrison’s government is using this controversy to divert attention.

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The daily mentions in particular shortages in supermarkets, in pharmacies, and even shortages of workers. “This Novak Djokovic saga is being used as a distraction from shortages”, denounced Jim Chalmers, member of the opposition in the Australian Parliament. This sporting and then health affair, now a diplomatic saga, should still last: Novak Djokovic is still far from certain to defend his title on the Australian courts.

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