Lisa Wilkinson played with tennis superstar Novak Djokovic, stating that he “lacked the grace” before he was ordered to leave Australia.
Lisa Wilkinson played with tennis superstar Novak Djokovic, claiming he “lacked the grace” in the way he reacted to the news of his exclusion from the Australian Open.
Djokovic, an outspoken vaccine skeptic, received the green light for this month’s tournament in Melbourne, which hasn’t gone well for many Australians, who have been locked out for months on end.
Today it is reported that his visa has been canceled. The tennis star was ordered to leave the country today but is reportedly appealing the decision in a Victoria court.
On the Project On Wednesday, there was a discussion about who brought the athlete into the country.
At the end of the discussion, presenter Lisa Wilkinson stated that “no one is interested” in the technical details of the case before criticizing Djokovic.
“The problem is that nobody cared today. I think everyone knows someone who has really been affected by Covid, if not many, many, many people, ”she said.
“We know people who have lost loved ones who were not there to say goodbye to them. And at the end of the day, people just got tired of the special treatment of superstars. And this is the category that all this could fall into.
“And it probably didn’t help, Novak, that you lacked grace in your announcement of all this. It was all a little: “Let’s go!” “
At the eleventh hour, the world’s number one entry into Australia was banned due to controversy over the Covid vaccine exemption he was given to compete in the Australian Open.
The Serb landed in Melbourne around 11pm Wednesday, but his work visa needed support from the Victoria government – support that officials reportedly refused to provide.
Victoria’s Acting Sports Minister, Jaala Pulford, said her state had turned down a request for assistance and that obtaining a visa was a matter for the federal government.
It was unclear why the state government needed to provide support. But Australian media reports said the nine-time Australian Open tennis champion may have applied for the wrong type of visa.
“The federal government has asked if we will support Novak Djokovic’s application for a visa to enter Australia,” Ms Pulford said in a tweet.
“We will not provide individual support to Novak Djokovic in applying for a visa to compete in the 2022 Australian Open.”
Australian The newspaper reported that Djokovic was trying to enter the country on a work visa, “which was believed to require support from the Victoria government.”
Age The newspaper reported that the Australian Border Force (ABF) contacted the Victoria government when they learned that Djokovic’s team had requested “the wrong type of visa.”
The border service said in a statement: “The ABF can confirm that Mr Djokovic did not provide adequate evidence to meet the entry requirements for Australia and his visa was subsequently revoked.
“Non-citizens who do not have a valid visa upon entry or who have had their visa canceled will be detained and expelled from Australia.”