Shortly after the Australian Home Secretary, Karen Andrews, will confirm the three-year ban on Novak Djokovic from entering the oceanic country., for his deportation last Sunday, the prime minister, Scott Morrison contradicted her and left a door open for the Serb’s return. According to the nation’s top president, Djokovic could have a “chance” to come back sooner.
“There was a very clear message, if you want to come, you have to be vaccinated or have a valid medical exemption… He didn’t comply with either one. People make their own choices and those choices meant he couldn’t come here and play. to tennis,” Morrison told Sydney radio station 2GB. Nevertheless, I’m not going to precondition or say anything that doesn’t allow (Immigration Minister Alex Hawke) to make various decisions … (on the ban). It is for a period of three years, but there is a chance that he will come back in the right circumstances and that would be considered in due course.”, he added.
Morrison spoke with his Serbian counterpart, Ana Brnabić, after he is talking about “harassment” of Djokovic by the Aussie government. “I talked to her about it, we had a very professional conversation, very respectful,” he said. “We both have rules in our countries, I would expect Australians to respect the Serbian ones…also when people come to our country they have to respect them. It’s important that we stand up for that, and we did stand up for that… a lot of people were telling us to back off and I was like, ‘No way.'”
Djokovic, the selfies and Dubai
Meanwhile, Novak Djokovic passed through Dubai airport (arrived around 5:30 local time), layover on his way back to Serbia, specifically to Belgrade, where he was greeted with cheers and banners by some fans who also carried their country’s flags. In both airports, he took selfies with fans, with the mask on, although with a smiling gesture that could be guessed in the photographs. But when asked about the possibility that he might not be able to return to Australia for three years, he declined to answer, according to the Herald Sun.