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Djokovic’s visa was sensationally cancelled on Thursday by the Australian Border Force, who concluded the Serbian superstar had insufficient evidence to justify a vaccination exemption on medical grounds to enter the country.
Instead, Djokovic, 34, is holed up in a Melbourne hotel ahead of a legal challenge which will be played out in court from Monday.
Canberra-raised Kyrgios hasn’t seen eye to eye with anti-vaxxer Djokovic during the global pandemic dating back to 2020 – but believes the ‘handling of Novak’s situation (in Australia) has been bad, really bad.’
He acknowledged Djokovic is one of the sport’s champions and believes the Serb will develop a ruthless mindset if cleared to play at Melbourne Park come January 17.
Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios has declared he ‘doesn’t want a bar’ of Novak Djokovic if the world number one is cleared to play in the Australian Open (pictured, with latest squeeze Costeen Hatzi)
Novak Djokovic’s visa was sensationally cancelled on Thursday by the Australian Border Force, who felt the Serbian superstar (pictured, with wife Jelena) had insufficient evidence to justify a controversial vaccination exemption into the country
‘For the sport, we need him here… I just want it to end,’ Kyrgios said. ‘I’m feeling for him now, it’s not really humane what’s going on,’ he told reporters on Saturday.
‘If he’s allowed to play the Australian Open, I don’t want any bar of him. I reckon he’s going to be p***ed off.
‘He’s going to be very determined to play well and stick it to everyone of what’s going on. And I don’t want any bar of that Novak.’
Kyrgios also stated the perceived rift between himself and Djokovic is due to the media constantly ‘dividing’ the pair.
‘Me and Novak actually used to be friends, used to practice at events,’ Kyrgios said.
‘They (media) have just blown it out of proportion with some things and now it’s almost made it 30 times worse where it really wasn’t that bad.
‘I feel he’s (Djokovic) helped us as well. Like during the bushfires (in January 2020), he was supportive, he was helping us out.
‘We are so quick to forget … or the media is so quick to forget or so quick to jump on things like this and forget he’s actually helped us.’
Djokovic has refused to reveal his vaccination status and said to be cynical of the global virus that has claimed millions of lives.
Well aware his current plight has become a world headline, Djokovic took to Instagram on Friday night, thanking fans for their ongoing support.
‘Thank you to people around the world for your continuous support. I can feel it and it is greatly appreciated,’ he wrote.
The Serbian tennis star (pictured on Melbourne’s Brighton Beach in 2021) has repeatedly refused to confirm if he is vaccinated or not
Novak Djokovic (pictured, with wife Jelena) is likely to be sent home from Australia after his visa was cancelled on Thursday by Border Force Officials
In his native Serbia where he is adored, Djokovic’s supporters have been scathing of Australia.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the Serbian foreign secretary hauled in Australia’s ambassador to the Balkan country to demand Djokovic be moved to a better hotel while stuck in immigration detention.
Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic also confirmed a number of calls between government officials, including Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews and Serbian Premier Ana Brnabic, had taken place in recent days.
Djokovic’s father Srdjan Djokovic has been even more blunt in his assessment of the situation, declaring to local reporters his son was being ‘held captive.’