Allegation of Djokovic bias made in explosive rant by Serbian president | Tennis | sport

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Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic blasted ‘conspiracy theories’ surrounding Novak Djokovic and also took aim at Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Djokovic, 34, found himself embroiled in an explosive saga last month after initially announcing that although he had not been vaccinated against Covid-19, he had received a medical exemption to compete in the Open d ‘Australia.

However, on arrival at Melbourne Airport he had his visa withdrawn and detained by Border Force officers, although he later won a legal challenge against his deportation.

Australian Immigration Minister Alex Hawke then canceled his visa for a second time, after it emerged the world No 1 had flouted isolation rules after testing positive for Covid in December, the basis of its initial exemption.

Furthermore, the Serb was then forced to explain why his immigration forms had been submitted with false information, denying that he deliberately tried to mislead the authorities.

He however again challenged Hawke’s decision, only this time three federal judges ruled against him and he returned to Serbia just hours before the start of the first Grand Slam tournament of 2022.

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Despite his undoubted status as an all-time great, Djokovic has never enjoyed the adulation bestowed on rivals Federer and Nadal, a notion still hampered by the controversy that has centered on the Serb’s refusal to get vaccinated.

And to make matters worse last month, after being pulled from the Australian Open, Djokovic then could only watch Nadal recover remarkably from injury to beat Daniil Medvedev in the final and become the first player in the history to win this coveted 21st Slam. .

And Vucic claimed the popularity of Spaniard and Swiss legend Federer had led to discrimination against the man who has now surpassed both in terms of career earnings.

“Federer and Nadal are saints, and Djokovic is not because he is Serbian,” added Vucic.

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