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Novak Djokovic Scandal: Jelena Djokovic defends husband amid the current ongoing rumors

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Novak Djokovic’s wife Jelena Djokovic has broken the family’s silence as the world No.1 remains in immigration detention in Melbourne.

Djokovic was escorted away from Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport by Border Force officers after his visa was cancelled by the federal government while he was en route from Serbia.

The 34-year-old had announced he was travelling to Australia on Tuesday evening, ending months of speculation over his Covid-19 vaccination status by saying he had been given an ‘exemption permission’.

Djokovic had been granted an exemption from Victorian government and Tennis Australia rules requiring him to be vaccinated in order to compete in the Australian Open, however this exemption did not meet the Federal government’s immigration criteria for him to enter the country.

A last-minute challenge to his visa cancellation was submitted to the Federal Court on Thursday evening, and is expected to be heard on Monday.

Djokovic’s plight has attracted some support, particularly in Serbia, while his continuing refusal to be vaccinated against Covid-19 has seen him draw criticism from the likes of Rafael Nadal.

Jelena Djokovic took to social media to firstly acknowledge Christmas in Serbia, but also thank fans for their support and to call for ‘love and respect’.

“It’s Christmas today for us, my wishes are for everyone to be healthy, happy, safe and together with families,” she wrote.

“We wish we are all together today, but my consolation is that at least we are healthy. And we will grow from this experience.
Novak Djokovic’s wife Jelena Djokovic has broken the family’s silence as the world No.1 remains in immigration detention in Melbourne.

Djokovic was escorted away from Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport by Border Force officers after his visa was cancelled by the federal government while he was en route from Serbia.

The 34-year-old had announced he was travelling to Australia on Tuesday evening, ending months of speculation over his Covid-19 vaccination status by saying he had been given an ‘exemption permission’.

Djokovic had been granted an exemption from Victorian government and Tennis Australia rules requiring him to be vaccinated in order to compete in the Australian Open, however this exemption did not meet the Federal government’s immigration criteria for him to enter the country.

A last-minute challenge to his visa cancellation was submitted to the Federal Court on Thursday evening, and is expected to be heard on Monday.

Djokovic’s plight has attracted some support, particularly in Serbia, while his continuing refusal to be vaccinated against Covid-19 has seen him draw criticism from the likes of Rafael Nadal.

Jelena Djokovic took to social media to firstly acknowledge Christmas in Serbia, but also thank fans for their support and to call for ‘love and respect’.

“It’s Christmas today for us, my wishes are for everyone to be healthy, happy, safe and together with families,” she wrote.

“We wish we are all together today, but my consolation is that at least we are healthy. And we will grow from this experience.

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

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

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

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

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“The only law that we should all respect across every single border is love and respect for another human being. Love and forgiveness is never a mistake but a powerful force.”

The nine-time Australian Open champion is making a “big mistake” if he doesn’t get vaccinated against COVID-19, says the world No.1’s former coach Boris Becker.

Djokovic has spoken in the past about his opposition to vaccination, and posted on social media before setting off for the Australian Open to say he had received “exemption permission” to enter the country.

Becker – himself a former world No.1 and twice Australian Open champion as well as winning three Wimbledon singles titles – enjoyed a successful three-year partnership with Djokovic which included six grand slam victories.

The 54-year-old maintains a close relationship with the Serbian, but feels their views on how to best protect against coronavirus are very different.

“On this occasion I think he is making a big mistake in not getting vaccinated. It is one that threatens what remains of his career and his chance to cement himself as the greatest player of all time,” Becker said in a Daily Mail column.

“Four times I sat in his box as he won the Australian Open, so I am fully aware of his great strengths as an incredible competitor. I also think he has a great character that can easily be misunderstood.

“Yet these strengths can also be weaknesses. The same incredible determination which I saw win so many close matches can be a vulnerability with his stubbornness.”

Novak Djokovic is being detained in the same place that refugees are held, some who’ve been detained for 9yrs.
They came to Australia to flee war and torture. He came to win a tennis match.
He will be allowed out. They won’t.
Imagine if compassion and outrage was consistent.

Becker feels if Djokovic does maintain his vaccine hesitancy, it could present more hurdles to his playing career.

“He is incredibly strong-willed, with very firm beliefs. If he does not, then in 10 years he will look back on it and realise he made a mistake,” Becker said.

“It is not just about Australia. The fact is that we are living in a different world and he is going to find it very hard to live the life of a professional tennis player travelling around without the vaccination.

“Those are the rules, whether one likes them or not, and you have to accept it. Maybe one day we will get back to a more normal situation, but at 34 he does not have much time left to pursue his goals.

“As someone fond of him, I know he will be suffering. He will be shocked at the treatment he is getting, in a bleak room with his meals shoved under the door.

“It will be all the more disconcerting because he loves playing in Australia and perhaps no stadium more than the Rod Laver Arena.”

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Taro Daniel SWEARS in hilarious on-court interview after beating Andy Murray at Aus Open

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Taro Daniel had the Australian Open crowd inside the John Cain Arena in stitches during his on-court interview after beating Andy Murray for his honest assessment of the shock win. Murray rolled back the years on Monday when he defeated Nikoloz Basilashvili in a five-set thriller.

In 2019, Murray looked as though he was bowing out of the sport in a tearful press conference.

But three years later, he bounced back with a strong win against the No 21 seed.

An easier test was expected against Japan’s Daniel, who had never gone past the second round of a major in his career.

The 28-year-old had built up some momentum after coming through the qualifiers without dropping a set and defeated Chile’s Marcelo Tomas Barrios Vera in the first round.

Murray was expected to provide a tougher test for Daniel, but the three-time major champion was far from his best.

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While Murray was guilty of making a host of unforced errors, Daniel’s workrate and movement across the baseline was causing his opponent all sorts of problems.

Murray’s head dropped after going 2-0 down as he failed to take advantage of a few great opportunities.

And the former world No 1 even uncharacteristically smashed his racket to the floor before Daniel served for the match.

The Japanese tennis star was elated after winning the match with a serve-and-volley with the crowd jumping out their seats.

“It’s amazing,” Daniel said.

“Winning a match like this hear with a lot of people, especially after Covid playing without crowds and suddenly I’m able to play this big match. It’s unbelievable.

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Emma Raducanu urged to ‘turn off’ voices like Piers Morgan after torrent of criticism

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EMMA RADUCANU must “turn off” outside voices of criticism from the likes of Piers Morgan, Express.co.uk was told.

Raducanu has defeated her first opponent, the American Sloane Stephens, for a spot in the Australian Open second round. In what was her senior debut in Melbourne, the US Open champion won 6-0, 2-6 and 6-1 against Stephens, a former winner in New York. The Briton played sharply as she wrapped up the first set in 17 minutes before minor errors crept into her game.

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Stephens took advantage of this to level but Raudcanu soon reasserted control to win.

The 19-year-old will now face Montenegro’s Danka Kovinic in the second round today.

Raducanu has had something of a meteoric rise, having spent the beginning of 2021 studying hard for her A-level exams.

Now, however, she is British No 1, and looks set for a stellar career should she replicate her historic win in the US last year.

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Rafael Nadal blasted Novak Djokovic tantrum: ‘Not the best’

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RAFAEL NADAL took aim at Novak Djokovic over a furious on-court meltdown last year.

Rafael Nadal’s bid for a record 21st Grand Slam title continues today. Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic are all currently tied on 20 Grand Slams. In his 18-and-a-half year career, this is the first Grand Slam where the Spaniard has not had fellow immortals Federer or Djokovic to contend with. The stars appear to be aligning for Nadal, with the significance of the elusive 21st title scarcely overstated.

His quest for Australian Open glory sees him face Russia’s 28th seed Karen Khachanov in the third round today.

Federer looks unlikely to add to his collection — he turns 41 in August and has just had a third major knee operation.

Djokovic’s future, meanwhile, remains uncertain. Following his bitter legal fight with the Australian government, both the French and US Open appear to be leaning towards a strict policy that prevents unvaccinated players from competing.

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The Serbian is reported to be in talks with lawyers to sue the Australian government for £3.2million for “ill treatment”.

Though Nadal refused to bask in Djokovic’s deportation from Australia, he has criticised his Serbian counterpart in recent months.

During last summer’s rescheduled Tokyo Olympics, Djokovic had numerous meltdowns in his bronze medal match defeat to Nadal’s fellow Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta.

He lost his cool twice in the deciding set, throwing his racket into the empty stands and then smashing another into the net post shortly afterwards.

Though Nadal did not compete in Tokyo, he admitted he would have expected better from the world number one.

Speaking to the media ahead of the Citi Open in Washington in August, he said: “Luckily there were no people in the stands and nothing else happened, but hey, they are things that happen from time to time.

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