Serbian Ambassador: ‘Do not expect special treatment for Djokovic’

14 Jan 2022 | 10:32 | Tennis

Ivana Isidorovic, Serbia’s Ambassador to Australia, hopes Immigration Minister Alex Hawke will soon make a decision on Novak Djokovic.

Novak Djokovic’s fate remains unclear despite entering the fourth day, since Immigration Minister Alex Hawke considered whether to cancel his visa or not. Despite Djokovic winning the court case on January 10, Australian media said the government is likely to deport him.

According to Serbian Ambassador Ivana Isidorovic, Djokovic is one of the most famous sports athletes in the world, but don’t expect any special treatment. In the letter Ambassador Isidorovic sent to the Herald Sun , he hopes Hawke will make a decision soon.


Djokovic still went to the field to practice on the morning of January 14. Photo: Reuters.

Djokovic still went to the field to practice on the morning of January 14. Photo: Reuters.

“Novak is a citizen of Serbia, so he has the same right to consular protection as any of our citizens. Serbia does not expect any favors from Novak, but rather a professional approach, full of authorities. We are obliged to provide travel documents,” said Ms. Isidorovic.

“On the other hand, we don’t expect because he’s the best tennis player, to be subjected to particularly harsh treatment to set an example for others, just because of his popularity,” the ambassador said. more.

During a press conference on January 13, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison declined to comment on Djokovic’s story. He said it all depends on Hawke, who has to make the final decision.

“These are individual ministerial powers that can be exercised, and I do not propose to make any comment at this time,” Prime Minister Morrison said.

News AU sources say the government will decide to cancel Djokovic’s visa again. Most likely, Minister Hawke makes a decision on January 14.

Any delay in determining the incident could cost the tennis star the opportunity to compete at the Australian Open 2022, which kicks off on January 17, the tournament he is chasing a record 21st Grand Slam in his career. Karma.