Nemanja Matic of Manchester United has chastised the Australian officials for their handling of Novak Djokovic.
Djokovic was deported from Australia late Sunday night following an 11-day legal saga that concluded with the Federal Court’s entire bench upholding Minister Hawke’s decision to terminate his visa.
Matic called the authorities’ treatment of Djokovic’shameful’ and expressed his solidarity with the 20-time Grand Slam champion.
Matic has already shown public support for Djokovic. He has defended the tennis player following backlash over his hosting of the contentious Adria Tour in 2020.
This time, Matic resorted to social media to proclaim, ‘Their pride and your dishonor will endure in perpetuity.’ His remark was accompanied by a photograph of Djokovic celebrating his Australian Open victory.
Matic made the remark shortly after Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic referred to Djokovic’s court struggle as “torture.”
‘For ten days, they tormented – dare I say tortured – Novak Djokovic,’ he claimed.
‘And there was something else that was much worse: a witch hunt against Djokovic – a man who, let us not forget, won the Australian Open nine times – and it was completely unjustified.’
Mr Vucic stated that Australian athletes will be treated better when they arrive in Serbia in March for an athletics tournament, ‘and we will not abuse them because of elections.’
Additionally, the president stated that he had extended his entire support to Djokovic, telling him that he ‘could not wait’ for the tennis star to return to Serbia, where he was always welcomed.
Meanwhile, Djokovic issued a statement expressing his ‘deep disappointment’ with the court’s decision – following his last-ditch plea to remain and participate in Australia.
‘I am extremely unhappy with the Court’s decision to deny my plea for judicial review of the Minister’s decision to revoke my visa, which means I will be unable to remain in Australia and compete in the Australian Open,’ he stated.
‘I accept the Court’s decision and will work with the appropriate authorities to arrange for my exit from the country.
‘I am uncomfortable with how much attention has been paid to me over the last several weeks, and I hope that we can now everyone focus on the game and tournament I like.’
Djokovic expressed his warmest wishes for the forthcoming Grand Slam, which begins in less than 24 hours.
Finally, I’d want to express my gratitude to my family, friends, teammates, supporters, fans, and fellow Serbians for their unwavering support,’ the player ended.
‘All of you have been a tremendous source of support for me.’