The Novak Djokovic vs Australia saga doesn’t seem to end! The Serbian maestro was deported from the country a night before the 2022 Australian Open began. The Federal court decided not to rule against the Australian government, which revoked Djokovic’s Australian visa for the second time citing ‘public safety’.
Australia has one of the strictest COVID laws in the world and hence Tennis Australia had made it mandatory for players to get vaccinated in order to compete at the Australian Open. But Djokovic had time and again voiced his word over-vaccination being ‘an individual’s choice’. He didn’t get vaccinated but rather got medical exemptions to compete at the Australian Open.
The mayhem started when Djokovic announced his participation and was even detained on arrival at Melbourne airport. What followed was 10 days of chaos, uncertainty, and a legal tussle between Djokovic and the Australian government. Eventually, Djokovic had to leave Australia. He couldn’t compete at the Australian Open, where he was the defending champion and the overwhelming favorite.
Djokovic to sue Australia
As reported by TheSun.co.uk, Djokovic may Sue Australia for damages worth around £3.2million or $4.36million. This is for all the cost he had to bear for his short trip Down Under. This also includes the £2.3m prize money of the Australian Open, which Djokovic was expected to win.
A close source to Djokovic claimed that Djokovic was treated very badly in Australia and said that his mother revealed he was kept as a virtual prisoner.
“It’s well known that Novak and his family feel he was poorly treated in the quarantine hotel in Melbourne. His mother revealed how it was full of fleas and maggots. He was kept a virtual prisoner.” Lawyer Toma Fila later added, “He was subjected to humiliating treatment. He should sue.”
Djokovic is now back in Belgrade, his home town and has refused to talk to the media to avoid unnecessary attention until the Australian Open is over.