Novak Djokovic’s wife has spoken out about her husband’s ordeal as he waits to see whether he will be kicked out of Australia.
Novak Djokovic’s wife Jelena has responded to the controversy that has engulfed her husband as the tennis star risks being deported over a visa bungle.
Djokovic — a noted anti-vaxxer who has publicly opposed mandatory jabs — touched down in Melbourne on Wednesday night after spruiking he had received a vaccination exemption to play in the Australian Open but his trip quickly went downhill.
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Taking to Twitter on Friday, Jelena wrote: “It’s Christmas today for us, my wishes are for everyone to be healthy, happy, safe and together with families. We wish we are all together today, but my consolation is that at least we are healthy. And we will grow from this experience.
“Thank you dear people, all around the world for using your voice to send love to my husband. I am taking a deep breath to calm down and find gratitude (and understanding) in this moment for all that is happening.
“The only law that we should all respect across every single border is Love and respect for another human being. Love and forgiveness is never a mistake but a powerful force.”
Djokovic had refused to publicly reveal his vaccination status as mystery grew over whether he would fly to Melbourne for the Australian Open and Jelena has also found herself in the spotlight for her beliefs.
In 2020 Instagram slapped her with a “false information” tag for posting a video that linked the cause of Covid-19 to 5G.
Jelena’s comments come after Djokovic’s family lashed out at Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Australian authorities as the Serbian superstar remains in detention in a Melbourne hotel.
In a series of fiery remarks, his father Srdjan Djokovic told a crowd in Belgrade that his son was the victim of a “political witch hunt” and “corona fascism” and should be freed.
Djokovic “met all the required conditions for the entry and participation at the tournament that he would have certainly won,” his father insisted.
“They’re keeping him in captivity. They’re stomping all over Novak to stomp all over Serbia and Serbian people,” Srdjan said.
“Morrison and his like have dared attack Novak to bring Serbia to its knees. Serbia has always shown that he comes from a proud nation.
“This has nothing to do with sports, this is a political agenda. Novak is the best player and the best athlete in the world, but several hundred million people from the West can’t stomach that.
“You, famous Prime Minister of the faraway naturally beautiful country, are behaving according to your own principles, which have nothing to do with us and our principles.
“We are humans, and you, sir, are not.
“Jesus was crucified on the cross … but he is still alive among us. They are trying to crucify and belittle Novak and throw him to his knees.
“We are part of the freedom-loving world, more than seven billion of us cannot be the prisoners of these … the very name says it all about their Prime Minister, Scott Morrison (“Skot” is a derogatory word in Serbian).”
Originally published as ‘The only law is love’: Novak Djokovic’s wife reacts to visa storm