Dijana revealed she had briefly spoken to her son over the phone as he remains holed up in the Park Hotel in Carlton, Melbourne.
‘I spoke with him a couple of hours ago, he was good, we didn’t speak a lot but we spoke for a few minutes. He was trying to sleep, but he couldn’t,’ she said.
‘As a mother, what can I say, you can just imagine how I feel, I feel terrible since yesterday, the last 24 hours.’
Djokovic is currently staying at the hotel under police guard after he was refused entry into Australia on Wednesday night.
Novak Djokovic’s mother Dijana (pictured) says her son is being treated ‘like a prisoner’ in a $104-a-night Melbourne hotel used as refugee housing
Dijana made the comments as she joined her husband Srdjan and son Djordje to condemn Djokovic’s treatment during an emergency press conference in Belgrade, Serbia
The World No. 1 will remain at the hotel until his legal battle is resolved on Monday, with a team of lawyers working through the night to keep him in Australia – forcing him to remain in limbo and endure less than five-star conditions.
‘They are keeping him like a prisoner, it’s just not fair, it’s not human,’ Dijana said. ‘I hope he will stay strong as we are also trying, to give him some energy to keep going. I hope he will win.’
‘His accommodation [is] terrible. It’s just some small, immigration hotel, if it is a hotel at all. With bugs, it’s all dirty, the food is terrible.
‘They don’t want to give him a chance to move to a better hotel or a rented house.’
Dijana made the comments as she joined her husband Srdjan and son Djordje to condemn Djokovic’s treatment during an emergency press conference in Belgrade, Serbia.
Srdjan said his son was being ‘held captive’ before comparing his treatment by Australian authorities to the crucifixion of Jesus.
‘Jesus was crucified on the cross … but he is still alive among us,’ he said. ‘They are trying to crucify and belittle Novak and throw him to his knees.’
Srdjan took aim at Mr Morrison before accusing the prime minister of not acting humanely.
‘You, famous Prime Minister of the faraway naturally beautiful country, are behaving according to your own principles, which have nothing to do with us and our principles,’ he said. ‘We are humans, and you, sir, are not.’
Srdjan said his son was being ‘held captive’ before comparing his treatment by Australian authorities to the crucifixion of Jesus
‘Jesus was crucified on the cross … but he is still alive among us,’ Srdjan said during the press conference
‘The leader of that faraway land, Scott Morrison … dared to attack Novak and expel him before he had reached their country. They had wanted to throw him to his knees, and not just him, but our beautiful Serbia.’
Rallies have unfolded calling for Djokovic to be released with protestors demonstrating in front of the National Assembly in Serbia and outside of the Melbourne hotel.
Srdjan accused Australian authorities of ‘trampling on the Serbian people’ by keeping Djokovic in the hotel.
‘We Serbs are a proud European people. Throughout history, we have never attacked anyone, we only defended ourselves,’ he said.
‘That is what Novak, our pride, our Serb, the pride of the entire free world, is now doing by his behaviour towards hosts and [tournament] organisers across the world, showing what kind of people he comes from.
Rallies have unfolded calling for Djokovic to be released with protestors demonstrating in front of the National Assembly in Serbia and outside of the Melbourne hotel
Srdjan accused Australian authorities of ‘trampling on the Serbian people’ by keeping Djokovic in the hotel
‘We Serbs are a proud people, who are proud of our [the] light at the end of the tunnel, and that is our Novak. That political oligarchy will not extinguish it.’
Djokovic’s brother Djordje also spoke at the conference saying that the tennis star was being treated like a ‘criminal’.
‘He was taken to a migrant hotel to a dirty room without any belongings, which he was told would be returned to him upon his return to Europe,’ he said.
‘He was treated like a criminal while he is a healthy and decent man and a sportsman who has not endangered anyone’s life and has not committed any federal or legal offence.’
Djordje read a message that had been sent by Djokovic while he was holed up in the hotel.
‘God sees everything,’ he read. ‘Moral and ethics as the greatest ideals are the shining stars towards spiritual ascension. My grace is spiritual and theirs is material wealth.’