Czech tennis player Renata Vorachova, who has been kept in the same detention centre in Melbourne where men’s singles number 1 ranked player Novak Djokovic is forced to stay in after both had their visas canceled upon arrival, said that her stay was like being in “jail.”
Vorakova had entered Australia, declaring that she had in fact received an exemption from the country’s mandatory COVID-19 vaccine requirement. The same was the case with Djokovic but after the authorities seemingly had a change of mind, both of them have been detained.
“I’m in a room and I can’t go anywhere,” the 38-year-old Voracova told the Czech dailies DNES and Sport.
“My window is shut tight, I can’t open it five centimetres (two inches),” Voracova, ranked 81st in doubles, added.
“And there are guards everywhere, even under the window, which is quite funny. Maybe they thought I would jump and run away,” she further explained.
Earlier Serbia’s foreign secretary Nemanja Starovic had demanded that the Kangaroo land should treat Djokovic in a better manner and not behave with him as if he was a criminal. He added that Djokovic should be met with a treatment befitting of the world’s best sportsperson.
“We expect that the ambassador personally takes action for him to be moved to accommodation befitting the best sportsman in the world, not a criminal or an illegal immigrant,” Starovic was quoted as saying by Sydney Morning Herald.
Djokovic thanks fans for support, shares Instagram story
The 34-year-old tennis star won his court bid on Thursday which has allowed the defending Australian Open champion to stay Down Under until Monday.
After the turn of events, Djokovic decided to legally challenge his visa cancellation and was left with no choice after waiting for eight hours in detention at the Melbourne Airport where he couldn’t convince the concerned border authorities to let him in.
When the news of Djokovic being granted medical exemption first broke out, it had received a lot of backlash since people were questioning the move. However, amid all this Australia PM Scott Morrison has clearly said that Djokovic won’t be given special treatment.
However, Djokovic in his post decided to thank people “around the world” for their support ever since he has been denied entry into Australia.
“Thank you to people around the world for your continuous support. I can feel it and it is greatly appreciated,” he wrote.