Novak Djokovic thanks family from Australian quarantine as second player detained

Tennis star Novak Djokovic thanked his supporters and family on Friday, the day after his visa was revoked and his detention in a hotel room in Australia.

“Thank you to people all over the world for your continued support. I can feel it and it’s very much appreciated, ”wrote Djokovic, the world’s top-ranked male player, on Instagram. The Serb had hoped to defend his Australian Open title but his participation is now a big doubt.

In Serbian he added: “Thanks to my family, Serbia and all the good people around the world who have given me support. Thank you to God for your health. “

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Djokovic, 34, spoke out when it emerged that a second player was being held in Australian immigration detention: Renata Voracova, a doubles specialist from the Czech Republic, had her visa canceled and will be leaving the country.

You have “decided to cancel the tournament because of limited training opportunities and to leave Australia,” said the Czech Foreign Ministry, as reported by Reuters.

The ministry added that it had registered a diplomatic protest against the incident and that several other players were trapped in the same situation without giving a name.

The statement did not provide details on the reason for Voracova’s detention.

In the meantime, Djokovic will likely stay at the hotel for at least the weekend as his appeal against his visa waiver has been postponed until Monday.

Djokovic had been given “an exemption” to travel to the tournament amid a spike in Covid-19 cases in the country.

But after landing in Melbourne on Wednesday, he was not allowed to leave the airport and was told to leave early Thursday morning local time.

He didn’t say whether he had the Covid-19 vaccine or not.

Djokovic’s supporters gathered outside the Park Hotel, which usually houses refugees and asylum seekers in Melbourne, waving flags and banners.

They mingled with human rights activists who were there more to highlight the plight of other long-term detainees at the facility, many of whom have long complained about their living conditions and exposure to the coronavirus in the pandemic.

Reuters contributed.

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