Novak Djokovic breaks Instagram silence from Melbourne hotel ahead of Australian Open

Novak Djokovic received a message from inside the hotel where he is being held, posted on Instagram as his grand slam hopes remain in limbo.

Novak Djokovic thanked fans for their support as he awaits the outcome of his appeal after being barred from entering Australia in a row due to Covid rules.

In a post on Instagram, the world tennis number one wrote: “Thank you to people around the world for your continued support. I can feel it and it is greatly appreciated.

And in a message written in Serbian, he said: “Thank you to my family, to Serbia and to all the good people around the world who send me their support. Thank you to God dear for the health.

It comes after his wife Jelena also thanked his fans for “using your voice to send love to my husband” while he stays in a quarantine hotel.

“Thank you dear people all over the world for using your voice to send love to my husband,” Jelena Djokovic wrote on Instagram and Twitter.

In messages marking Christmas in Serbia, she wrote: “I take a deep breath to calm myself down and find gratitude (and understanding) right now for everything that is going on.

“The one law we should all obey across every border is love and respect for another human being.

“Love and forgiveness are never a mistake but a powerful force. I wish you all good luck! “

It comes after the Herlad Sun revealed a document leaked by Tennis Australia which allegedly showed the organization falsely informed unvaccinated players that they could enter the country for the Australian Open if they caught Covid in the past six months.

Letter says unvaccinated players had to prove they had had the virus within the past six months in order to enter and obtain an overseas medical exemption certificate and a second exemption to be signed by a doctor Australian or a group of medical experts. .

This is despite the federal government telling Tennis Australia in November that past infections were not covered in its guidelines for medical exemptions.

Meanwhile, Czech doubles star Renata Voracova reportedly suffered the same fate as Djokovic after her visa was canceled and she was detained in the same hotel as Serbian world number 1.

Voracova, the 38-year-old world No.80 player in doubles, had previously played in an Australian Open warm-up event in Melbourne.

On Friday evening, reports revealed that she had had her visa canceled and was being held by border force officials at the Park Hotel in Carlton. last six months.

It is still unclear whether she will leave the country immediately or protest the ruling in court.

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