Famous Australian Radio host calls for another ‘Deportation’ of Novak Djokovic following the Serb’s ‘Ungracious’ comments on Alex de Minaur

Neil Mitchell calls for deportation of the Serb for taking a series of swipes on Alex de Minaur after victory.


Famous Australian Radio host calls for another ‘Deportation’ of Novak Djokovic following the Serb’s ‘Ungracious’ comments on Alex de Minaur

Novak Djokovic, Alex de Minaur

Serbian icon Novak Djokovic is getting ever closer to his 10th title in Melbourne. Showing his dominance in the Australian Open the nine-time champion advanced to the quarterfinals yet again Down Under. Djokovic is just a few days away from leveling with his long-time Spanish rival Rafael Nadal in the Grand Slam tally and looking well on the cource to immortalize himself coming Sunday. 

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Djokovic has put in such a killer performance this season that it looks like he is on a revenge spree for his deportation and denial of opportunity last year. The 2023 edition of the Australian Open will be remembered for staging some great upsets in less than two weeks but Djokovic looked rock solid. Even a hamstring injury could not deter the Serb’s determination and firepower. 

That being said, Djokovic has fallen short in one issue that is not related to on court matters. The Serb could not outdo the negative perception about him on some scattered corners of tennis. No matter how much fans revere him for his class on the court Djokovic still continues to face some backlash unlike Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. 

This time a radio star called for his deportation after Djokovic took a series of swipes against Alex De Minaur after defeating the Aussie in the round of the last 16. After the win, Djokovic said that he had ‘no relationship’ with the 23-year-old because he’d been a vocal critic of the Serb when he was deported last year. Not that it matters but Djokovic’s comment has irked Neil Mitchell. 

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The radio host calls for the deportation of Novak Djokovic again 

Novak Djokovic

“I hope he doesn’t win. He – in Serbian – has given Alex de Minaur a real spray after the game because de Minaur had a bit of a go at him a year ago when he was banned and then deported,” Mitchell said. The 3AW host went a step further and called for the deportation of the Serb. 

“So does he not think that will come back to Australia? It has come back to Australia. ‘Novak Djokovic –  should deport him again, deport him for being ungracious,” Mitchell declared. After defeating de Minaur, Djokovic did not mince a word in highlighting how the Aussie has been vocal in criticizing him last year. 

“I don’t have any relationship with him, I respect him as a rival, and a colleague, as I respect everyone. I have no problem contacting him, congratulating him, etc. But I don’t have any other relationship. I don’t have any communication with him. He showed in 2022 what he thinks about me,” Djokovic had told reporters. 

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Whatever the murmurs off the court, for Djokovic it’s just white noise as he will take on Russian Andrey Rublev in the quarterfinals on Wednesday. 

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