Serbian president weighs in on Novak Djokovic saga and blasts “harassment”

Serbian president Aleksandar Vucic has weighed in on the Novak Djokovic saga and blasted the "harassment" the player has been subjected to.

Djokovic arrived in Australia on Wednesday morning ahead of this year's Australian Open having announced he had received exemption proof for not being fully vaccinated against Covid.

However, he has yet to leave the airport having been detained and seen his visa be revoked following a row with the state of Victoria over the legitimacy of his vaccine exemption.

With the Serb potentially set to miss out on challenging for a 10th Australian Open title, the president of Serbia has now commented on the matter.

In a post on Instagram, Vucic wrote: "I've just finished my telephone conversation with Novak Djokovic.

"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.

"In line with all norms of international law, Serbia will fight for Novak, truth and justice. Novak is strong, as we all know."

However, Djokovic now appears set to leave Australia without stepping foot out of the airport after it was confirmed his visa had been cancelled following an “overview of the exemption provided buy the Victorian government process”.

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Federal Health Minister Greg Hung explained: “The Australian Border Force can confirm Mr Djokovic failed to proved appropriate evidence to meet the entry requirements to Australia and his visa has been subsequently cancelled.

"It is a matter for him whether he wishes to appeal that. But if a visa is cancelled somebody will have to leave the country.”

And prime minister Scott Morrison later tweeted: “Mr Djokovic’s visa has been cancelled. Rules are rules, especially when it comes to our borders. No one is above these rules. Our strong border policies have been critical to Australia having one of the lowest death rates in the world from COVID, we are continuing to be vigilant.”

It is understood that Djokovic was originally detained at the airport due to an error by a member of his team before he later saw his visa cancelled.

The Australian Open is set to begin on January 17, with Djokovic having won the men's singles at each of the last three editions.

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