Novak Djokovic’s emotional mum insists star was ‘subjected to torture and harassment’ | Tennis | Sport


Novak Djokovic’s mum was emotional as she insisted her son had been subjected to emotional ‘torture’ and ‘harassment’ in his fight for a visa to take place at the Australia Open later this month. 

She said: “Thank you for coming, so many of you. We’re here to celebrate the victory of our son, our Novak, a boy who in his family learned not to put up with lies and cheating. 

“He always fought for justice, he’s done nothing wrong, he hasn’t broken any of their laws and he was subjected to torture and harassment, and we will hear even more about what he had to go through. 

“He fought against the system and the government because he thought he had the right to be there with the visa that he got, and he went there to win that tournament. 

“Never before have we faced a situation like this. This was extremely difficult for us, and these days we have tried to fight for him, to make sure that the voice is heard around the world. 

“There has been a spectrum of emotions: sadness, fear, disappointment, there have been moments when he didn’t have his phone with him – we had no idea what was happening, whether he was well, whether he was ill, whether everything was alright with him. 

“Those are the things that me as a mother I can’t explain. I want to thank everyone in the world who stood up and supported him, that’s what gave him the energy to fight inside that hotel. Our people gave him support, he could heard that, he couldn’t see it. 

“We all fought to show that injustice was being done. Thank God there is still justice on this planet and he has been freed and released. 

“I think this is the biggest win of his career, bigger than any of the Grand Slams that he has won.”

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