Two Australian news presenters went viral on Tuesday for questioning potential errors on Novak Djokovic’s visa application, seemingly unaware that their off-air disguise of the tennis legend was being taped.
“However you look at it, Novak Djokovic is a sneaky liar —-,” said Rebecca Maddern, presenter of 7NEWS in Melbourne.
“He’s an asshole,” replied Mike Amor. Maddern went on to say, “It’s unfortunate that everyone [messed] around him. But, going out when you know you’re COVID positive. Well, I don’t even think he was COVID positive.”
“He gave a b——- f—— excuse,” Amor said. “Rent upon his own f—— lies, that’s what’s happening, isn’t it? That’s what happened.”
The court on Monday ordered the 20-time Grand Slam champion to be released from custody and have his visa reinstated. However, the government is still threatening to cancel his visa a second time and deport him.
Djokovic traveled to the country after authorities in the state of Victoria granted him a medical exemption from the country’s strict vaccination requirements. According to his attorney, this was granted because the tennis star tested positive for COVID-19 last month. However, upon his arrival earlier this week, the Australian Border Force rejected his exemption as invalid and barred him from entering the country.
An Australian government lawyer has previously said he should not be deported before his hearing; however, Australian Home Secretary Karen Andrews told reporters last week that the tennis star was “free to leave at any time and Border Force will facilitate this”.
His father, Srdjan, said the opposite last week, speaking in the Serbian capital Belgrade by sky sports.
“He’s not in custody, he’s in jail,” he said. “They took all his stuff, even his wallet. They left him with just a phone and no change of clothes, nowhere to wash his face. He’s in prison, our pride is a prisoner of these idiots.
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