Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabić has pledged support for Novak Djokovic and stated that her government will give “all necessary guarantees” to ensure that the tennis star is cleared for participation in the Australian Open.
Djokovic was held in immigration detention in Australia after authorities decided to revoke his visa over concerns about the validity of his medical exemption from coronavirus vaccination.
Speak with Serbian media On Saturday Brnabić said her government had had “positive” talks with Australian counterparts and that Serbian head of state Aleksandar Vučić had also been called in to help.
“The Serbian government is ready to give all the necessary guarantees so that Novak can enter Australia, the Serbian president is also involved,” she said.
Brnabić added that Serbian representatives in Australia had managed to provide the tennis star with training equipment, a laptop and a SIM card.
A hearing on the case is due to take place on Monday.
Brnabić’s remarks were made before a court on Sunday denied the Australian government’s request to postpone the hearing. Judge Anthony Kelly “Rejected without prejudice” tries to postpone the hearing to Wednesday.
Djokovic’s detention at a Melbourne hotel pending the final decision on his case hit the headlines ahead of the start of the Australian Open on January 17th. The 34-year-old Serbian hero is aiming for a 21st Grand Slam record title.
According to the court, vaccination skeptic Djokovic had called for an exception to the country’s strict coronavirus rules because of a recent COVID-19 infection documents filed on Saturday.
His legal department also called for Djokovic to be relocated to a “more suitable detention location that would allow him to train” before the tournament began.