TENNIS As since the beginning of this story, the Serbian president does not do half measures at the diplomatic level

Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open: Serbian President accuses Australian PM of “mistreating” Nole and all of Serbia

The world number one is likely to fly back before the start of the tournament. — Mark Baker/AP/SIPA

Fortunately, Serbia does not have atomic weapons. Because since the beginning of the Djokovic affair at Melbourne, President Aleksandar Vucic continues to be one-upmanship. In a video posted this Friday on social networks, he again accused Australian authorities to “abuse” the child of the country, who saw his visa being revoked; for the second time. “Why do you mistreat him, why do you not only take it out on him? him, but also to his family and to the whole nation,” Vucic on Instagram.

The whole nation, frankly? The diplomatic incident, we can say, is there. “If you wanted to ban Novak Djokovic to win a 10th trophy at Melbourne, why didn’t you send him back? immediately, why didn’t you tell him that it was impossible to get a visa for your country?” Aleksandar Vukic. Before we conclude:“Novak, we are at Your side!”.

A return to detention on Saturday?

The Serbian President had already brought his support for the player from the start of the case calling it a “political witch hunt” the retention of the star of world tennis. “Nole” had had his visa revoked; a first time to his arrival at Melbourne on January 5 and he had been placed in a detention center. His lawyers had then obtained from a judge that he restore his visa and order his immediate release on January 10. But the Minister of Immigration eventually canceled the to his visa again on Friday under his discretion. A decision taken “on health and public order bases” the minister.

An interview with Australian immigration is scheduled for Saturday morning at this subject, two days from the start of the Australian Open where the Serb hopes to conquer a 10th title and a 21st Grand Slam, which would be a record. If this interview goes wrong, Djoko could go back to detention. This incredible series, where the Serb pleads in particular “human error” for its incorrectly completed entry declaration, is therefore not finished.