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10th Jan 2022

Novak Djokovic ‘subjected to torture’ during deportation case, claims mother

Callum Boyle

‘He’s done nothing wrong, he hasn’t broken any of their laws and he was subjected to torture, to harassment’

Novak Djokovic’s mother has said that her son was “subjected to torture” while fighting his deportation from Australia.

The Serb was successful in his appeal after officials had arranged to deport the tennis world number one from the country due to insufficient evidence of his medical exemption from being vaccinated against Covid-19.

During a press conference held today (Monday, January 10) Djokovic’s mother, Dijana, claimed that her son has been treated unfairly throughout the process.

“Thank you for coming. We’re here to celebrate our son Novak, a boy who in his family learned not to put up with lies and cheating,” she said.

“He always fought for justice. He’s done nothing wrong, he hasn’t broken any of their laws and he was subjected to torture, to harassment.

“He fought against that system and the government because he thought he had the right to be there and he went there to win the tournament.

“This was extremely difficult and these six days we have tried to fight for him, to make sure the voice is heard around the world. There’s been a spectrum emotions: sadness, fear, disappointment, there have been moments when he didn’t have his phone with him.”

Dijana then continued to say that the final outcome of the decision was Novak’s biggest career victory to date.

“There are moments we didn’t know if he was OK, if he’d eaten, if he was safe,” she added.

“Those are the moments I will not get over quickly, I think every mother in the world will understand me.

“We all fought to show justice has been done. Thank God there is still justice in this world. I think this is his biggest win in his career, bigger than any Grand Slams.”

Following the result of the trial, Novak posted a picture of himself on Twitter thanking his fans for their support after completing his first training session in the build-up to the Australian Open, which is due to begin on January 13.

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