Thu. May 26th, 2022

Novak Djokovic has broken his silence to thank his supporters while spending another night at an immigration prison hotel when Australian officials canceled another tennis player’s visa.

The world’s No. 1 has taken to Instagram for the first time since arriving in Australia amid the visa dispute over his COVID-19 vaccination status, which has resulted in him being accommodated in a hotel in Melbourne ahead of his Australian Open title defense .

Watch the video above to see Novak Djokovic’s family hit the ongoing drama

“Thank you to people around the world for your continued support,” Djokovic said.

“I can feel it and it’s much appreciated.”

A pastor from the Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Melbourne asked to visit Djokovic on Friday on what is Orthodox Christmas Day in Serbia, but was not allowed due to the closure of the hotel.

“Our Christmas is rich in many customs, and it is so important that a pastor visit him,” the dean of the church, Milorad Locard, told ABC.

Novak Djokovic posted the message on social media on Saturday night.
Novak Djokovic posted the message on social media on Saturday night. Credit: Instagram

“The whole thing about this event is appalling. That he has to spend Christmas in detention … that’s unthinkable.”

Djokovic’s wife Jelena has also written on social media and suggested that her husband be treated with compassion.

“My consolation is that we are at least healthy. And we will grow from this experience, ”she said on Instagram.

“Thank you dear people, all over the world for using your voice to send love to my husband.

Novak Djokovic pictured at the desk of an Australian border force after arriving in Melbourne on 5 January.
Novak Djokovic pictured at the desk of an Australian border force after arriving in Melbourne on 5 January. Credit: AAP

“I take a deep breath to calm down and find gratitude (and understanding) in this moment for all that is happening.

“The only law we should all respect across every single border is love and respect for another human being.

“Love and forgiveness are never a mistake, but a powerful force.”

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