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'Couldn't organise a root in a brothel': World reacts to Djokovic deportation drama

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5th January, 2022
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News that world number one Novak Djokovic is facing deportation from Australia after his visa was revoked by the government is causing minds to melt across the planet.

Djokovic’s arrival down under was already a point of major controversy, with the divisive 20-time grand slam champion’s earning of a medical exception to play in the Australian Open and remain unvaccinated leading to outrage around the country. However, the latest drama has seen that outrage extend to the rest of the world as well.

Leading the charge is Serbian president Aleksandar Vucic, who posted to his official Instagram account that he had spoken with Djokovic, and will be working with him to ‘stop the harassment of the best tennis player in the world’.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has also weighed in on social media, claiming that it is the federal border force who have prevented Djokovic from entering Australia.

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However, anonymous Twitter account PRGuy, which has become renowned through the pandemic for its unwavering support of Dan Andrews’ Victorian state government, fired right back, claiming that the federal government had asked for Djokovic to receive an exemption to play the night before, only for it to be knocked back.

Serbian politicians aren’t the only ones coming out in support of Djokovic; Australian basketball great Andrew Bogut, no stranger to controversy in this pandemic either, laying the blame for the situation at the feet of ‘bumbling politicians who couldnt organise a root in a brothel’.

Plenty of other Australians are also apparently on Djokovic’s side: Twitter account Based Serbia’s shared photo of a message of support for the world number one in Queensland has gone viral.

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Australian tennis royalty Paul McNamee is also against the treatment of Djokovic, claiming he has been made a scapegoat for his vaccination views and that others are likely in the same boat who have escaped the situation Djokovic finds himself in.

Fellow tennis player Tennys Sandgren, who won’t be participating in the Australian Open as he is both unwilling to be vaccinated or apply for a medical exception, has given the tournament itself both barrels, saying the ongoing situation is proof ‘Australia doesn’t deserve to host a grand slam’.

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British far-right YouTuber Paul Joseph Watson, who has been permanently banned from Facebook and Instagram for hate speech, has also come out in support of Djokovic, though it’s doubtful having Watson on his side gives Djokovic’s cause any greater respectability.

However, many have come out in support of the situation, or are seeing the humour in Djokovic having the tables turned on him.

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Noted tennis journalist Ben Rothenberg argues that no one other than Djokovic is to blame for the fiasco, saying his choice not to be vaccinated, ‘which he had *months* to do’, is the underlying cause of the situation he finds himself in.

Australian sports comedian Titus O’Reily was quick to note Djokovic is unlikely to find too many supporters for his cause in Australia.

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Even controversial British TV host Piers Morgan has supported the Australian government’s stance, Tweeting that the country ‘has the right to chuck him out’ for his visa application.

Flamboyant German tennis player Dustin Brown has also come out against Djokovic, posting that getting vaccinated is a condition of entry into Australia that everyone will simply have to deal with.

Perhaps most concerningly, tennis coach Brad Gilbert used his Twitter to note that Djokovic isn’t the only tennis player set to play at the Open under a medical exemption, which could cause further drama down the road.

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