Djokovic a victim of politics, kept in captivity in Australia, says family

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FILE PHOTO: Tennis - Davis Cup Finals - Group F - Serbia v Austria - Olympiahalle, Innsbruck, Austria - November 26, 2021 Serbia's Novak Djokovic in action during his match against Austria's Dennis Novak REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

Serbia’s Novak Djokovic (REUTERS)

BELGRADE  – Novak Djokovic’s family said he was the victim of a “political agenda” in Australia as they rallied around the world number one who was denied entry into the country on Thursday for his Australian Open title defence.

The 34-year-old Djokovic was granted a medical exemption from COVID-19 vaccination requirements to compete in the year’s first major, but after a public outcry he was detained by officials at the border on Thursday.

Djokovic is now in a quarantine hotel in Melbourne after his lawyers secured an agreement for him to stay in the country for a court hearing on Monday in which he hopes to overturn the federal government ban on his entry.

“They’re keeping him in captivity. They’re stomping all over Novak to stomp all over Serbia and Serbian people,” Djokovic’s father Srdjan told reporters in Belgrade on…

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