The tennis superstar could be kicked out of the country next week after he arrived in Melbourne for the upcoming Australia Open late on Wednesday night without the right visa, which was rejected by border force officials over his exemption criteria.
Djokovic will spend the next four days detained in a refugee detention hotel after the Federal Court adjourned his appeal to remain in Australia ahead until Monday.
The Serbian president has leapt to the defence of Djokovic and singled Mr Morrison as accused Australian authorities of a political witch hunt.
Novak Djokovic’s hopes of defending his Australian Open title are under threat after his visa application was rejected by authorities
‘What is not fair-play is the political witch hunt by everybody including the Australian Prime Minister pretending that the rules apply to all,’ Vucic told reporters on Thursday.
He claimed other tennis stars were permitted to enter Australia with medical exemptions, who will also now face additional scrutiny.
Of the 26 players and support staff who applied for an exemption to attend the grand slam, only a handful were accepted, according to Tennis Australia boss Craig Tiley.
The Serbian president described Djokovic’s treatment ‘infamous in the proper sense of the term.’
Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic described Australian authorities treatment of Djokovic as a political witch hunt
Fans gathered outside the quarantine facility where Novak Djokovic is believed to be detained
‘I fear that this relentless political pursuit of Novak will continue till the moment they can prove something, because when you cannot defeat somebody then you turn to these type of things,’ Vucic said.
Serbian authorities have already been in contact with the Australian ambassador, while Prime Minister Ana Brnabic hopes to get in touch with a senior member of Australia’s Home Affairs department.
Vucic has also been in phone contact with Djokovic after his visa was cancelled.
‘I told our Novak that the whole of Serbia is with him, and that our authorities are taking all measures to stop the harassment of the best tennis player in the world in the shortest possible period,’ Vucic posted earlier on Thursday
‘In accordance with all norms of international public law, Serbia will fight for Novak Djokovic, for justice and truth.’
Back in Australia, dozens of fans have gathered for a candlelight vigil outside Melbourne quarantine facility where Djokovic is believed to be detained.
Fans were draped in Serbian flags and held signs pledging their support for the world number one as a heavy presence of police watched on.