Djokovic saga throws light on migrants’ ordeal in Australia | Malay Mail

Djokovic saga throws light on migrants’ ordeal in Australia | Malay Mail

Novak Djokovic, Migrants

12/1/2022 5:53:00 AM

Djokovic saga throws light on migrants’ ordeal in Australia | Malay Mail

MELBOURNE, Jan 12 — It was the most unlikely Australian residence for the world’s number one tennis player, Novak Djokovic : a grim, five-storey former hotel with no check-out allowed. For four nights, Melbourne’s infamous “alternative place of detention” for migrants became his abode: no...

For four nights, Melbourne’s infamous “alternative place of detention” for migrants became his abode: no tennis courts, no swimming pool and no leaving.And a day after the Serbian superstar left the detention centre as celebrating fans sang and danced, his cancelled visa restored by a court, the media glare left with him.

Days earlier, people had been scrawling graffiti on the walls, hanging pro-refugee banners from the building, singing and dancing.On Djokovic’s first day in detention, activist Kim Matousek pointedly remarked on the interest being shown in the tennis ace’s brief stay.

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