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Novak Djokovic’s row rages on despite the world’s number one tennis player winning his appeal against the cancellation of his visa to enter and stay in Australia. Niger Farage spoke to and spent time with Djokovic’s uncle Goran Djokovic, who has been supporting and backing his attempts to take part in the Australian Open next week. Despite criticism over Djokovic’s vaccination status, his uncle Goran was hopeful for another win from his nephew stating that ‘I know the players are not so happy he’s back!’
Mr Farage said: “Nine times, he’s managed to win the Australian Open and we’ve got some of the trophies here, behind us.
“Assuming that he’s going to be playing in this event, is he going to win?”
Mr Djokovic said: “Yeah, we are very convinced because his attitude and his mental strength is very known, you know.
“And I know that players are not so happy he’s back on the court, some of them admit that you know.”
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Mr Farage said: “Can I say Goran thank you for joining us this morning.
“And giving us the first reaction to the English-speaking world, and thanks again for joining us this evening.”
Mr Djokovic said: “Thank you very much, thank you very much, you’re coming from London to here in Belgrade.
“And I know that it’s your first time and I think you’ll come more times, I’m sure for good reason.
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Mr Farage added: “After the hospitality that I’ve received from you, I will almost certainly come again.
“The only regret folks is that I was doing so well with dry January, and then I met Goran and it’s all gone wrong.”
Scottish tennis star Andy Murray took to Twitter to criticise Farage’s visit to Serbia to speak with members of Novak Djokovic’s family.
Mr Murray said: “Please record the awkward moment when you tell them you’ve spent most of your career campaigning to have people from eastern Europe deported.”
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Mr Farage responded: “Dear Andy, you clearly don’t understand politics or the Brexit campaign but are filled with prejudice. Concentrate on the tennis and, a word of advice, crack a smile every now and again.”
Novak Djokovic is not all clear just yet, despite having his visa uncancelled.
Former Immigration Minister for New Zealand, Kerry Burke suggested Australia’s Immigration Minister could indeed still go ahead and demand Djokovic be removed from the country.
Sir Kerry Burke said: “Federal Immigration Minister Alex Hawke has the power, under Australian law, to cancel Novak Djokovic’s visa. No amount of comment by Judge Anthony Kelly can deny the minister’s power.
“If the law requires everybody entering Australia to have two COVID-19 vaccinations, with appropriate time separation between the first and the second and, if Djokovic cannot meet this test, then his attempt to stay in Australia must fail. That will be minister Hawke’s call and it should be made.”
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