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Serbia dumps Djokovic: “No one is authorized to violate isolation”

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The situation of Novak Djokovic is complicated, engaged in Australia in a legal battle to stay in Melbourne, despite not being vaccinated, and to play the Australian Open which starts on Monday. A verdict by Immigration Minister Alex Hawke – who may decide to revoke his visa that was returned to him by Federal Court Judge Kelly – is expected in these hours, but in the meantime the tennis number 1 would have come under investigation in Spain – and even the government of his country, Serbia, has started to dump it.

Djokovic on Instagram admitted that he did not report on the landing form in Australia that before arriving at Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport he had made a stop for a few days (from 25 to 31 December) in Spain, to be precise in Marbella. According to the broadcaster Cadena Cope (and as reported by the website ubitennis.com), both the Prime Minister and the Spanish Minister of the Interior have asked the competent authorities to verify whether the Serbian sample – which stated that he tested positive for the second time Covid on December 16 – had what it takes to enter the country without undergoing quarantine.

What is striking then is the tone of the Serbian premier, Ana Brnabic, who after having proudly supported, on the verge of the diplomatic incident, the reasons of the compatriot in recent days, issued a statement a few hours ago that in all respects seems to be taking distance. “No one is authorized to violate the rules of isolation because this means endangering the health of other people,” says Prime Minister Brnabic. “There are some standards that have to be respected. It seems to me that if (Djokovic, ed.) Was aware of it, then it is a clear violation of the rules – and what the sanctions are is what the competent institutions will have to examine ». A statement came after yesterday’s phone call between Brnabic and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison. While the British press reveals that a Netflix crew flew to Melbourne to film what could become a docuseries on the case, it therefore seems to many observers that the fate of the world‘s number 1 is sealed. Meanwhile, in the first round of the Australian Open, a tournament that Djokovic has already won nine times and in which he was included as the first seed, he was drawn against compatriot Miomir Kecmanovic.

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