Novak Djokovic "held captive" as tennis star’s dad threatens Australia officials

Novak Djokovic 's father has claimed his son is being held captive by border control officials in Australia and called on fans to rise up in anger if he is not allowed to enter the country.

Srdjan Djokovic says his son is being held in a room guarded by police at the airport after discrepancies were found with his travel visa.

The Serbian star finally looked set to play at the Australian Open later this month after endless speculation over his vaccination status.

Local rules in the state of Victoria, where the tournament is held, state that all travellers must be fully vaccinated to enter, or at least have a valid medical exemption.

Djokovic continues to refuse to say whether or not he has had the jab, citing medical privacy, but on Tuesday he declared he had an "exemption permission" to travel.

But when he arrived Down Under he was held up by the Border Force, who are now mulling over whether or not he will be allowed to enter the country.

He has been questioned by officers and is still being held, as of 6.30am local time.

His father Srdjan, who has been outspoken in the past, has been speaking to Serbian media about the ongoing situation and has accused Australian officials of holding the world number one "captive".

As quoted by Australian breakfast TV show Sunrise on 7, Djokovic Snr then went on to threaten an uprising if his son is not released soon.

"I have no idea what is going on. They are holding my son captive for hours," he said.

"If they don't let him go in half an hour we will gather on the street. This is a fight for everyone."

In an attempt to resolve the issue, Border Force officials had asked Victorian state officials to sponsor his visa.

However, that request was denied, with acting sports minister Jaala Pulford Tweeting: "The Federal Government has asked if we will support Novak Djokovic's visa application to enter Australia.

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"We will not be providing Novak Djokovic with individual visa application support to participate in the 2022 Australian Open Grand Slam.

"We've always been clear on two points: visa approvals are a matter for the Federal Government, and medical exemptions are a matter for doctors."

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison had earlier said the defending champion would need to provide solid evidence to back up his vaccine exemption claim upon arrival.

"If that evidence is insufficient, then he won't be treated any different to anyone else and he'll be on the next plane home," he warned.

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