Novak Djokovic’s tennis peers have spoken up to boycott the Australian Open tournament.
After news of the Australian Federal Courts upholding the deportation of Mr Djokovic's visa on the grounds of an unlawful public health order, his departure has sparked disbelief and outrage across the world.
Aleksandar Vucic, Serbian President, stated Australian officials have treated Djokovic's unvaccinated status as a "political witch-hunt, and that they have "humiliated themselves", with the Olympic committee further describing the decision as "scandalous".
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“We are proud of Novak Djokovic and the way he coped with these extremely difficult and unpleasant circumstances. Despite this scandalous decision, we believe Novak came out as the winner again,” the committee posted online.
President Vucic was scathing in the response of Australia's draconian and illegal health orders stating, “They think that they have by this, this mistreatment of 10 days, humiliated Djokovic, but they have humiliated themselves.
“I spoke earlier to Novak Djokovic after the decision and I encouraged him. We look forward to seeing him return to his country, where he is always welcome.
"Djokovic can return to his country with his head held high".
Meanwhile, incensed prominent tennis stars have spoken up in support of Djokovic's personal choice to uphold his human right of body autonomy including Tenny Sandgren who described the situation as "batsh*t crazy".
“You know when an ‘icon of free choice’ isn’t welcome in a western country, things have gone batshit crazy,” Sandgren wrote on Twitter.
“I wish I was there just so I could pull out. I guess solidarity is only cool when it comes with a check.”
“If you think the sport tennis matters more than this issue ... You are a fuc*ing moron.”
Tennis ace Sergiy Stakhovsky shouted out on Twitter it was a very sad day in the sport following Djokovic’s deportation from Australia stating politics beat common sense as Djokovic was targeted for his beliefs.
The decision has further encouraged discussion around the rights of Australian citizens to be coerced into enrolling into an unnecessary vaccination trial.
Djokvic's lawyer told media his client has become a hero for human rights, and an example to those whose stance is more anti-drug trial rather "anti-vax', a term that seems to be more a contemptuous slur thrown at anyone who attempt to critically analyse COVID-19 data and questions related to issues of the trial drugs efficacy.
“He (Djokovic) has now become an icon for the anti-vaccination groups,” government lawyer Stephen Lloyd said.
“Rightly or wrongly he is perceived to endorse an anti-vaccination view and his presence here (in Australia) is seen to contribute to that.
"He could set the record straight if it needed correcting. He has not - that has important consequences.”