Protesters Gather Outside Djokovic Hotel in Melbourne

Novak Djokovic supporters gathered outside the Park Hotel in Carlton, Melbourne, for a second day on January 7, where the tennis player was staying amid a controversy over his visa and COVID-19 vaccination status.

This footage, taken by The Age journalist Cassie Morgan, shows a crowd gathered outside the hotel.

Djokovic had been due to play in the Australian Open after posting on social media before departure that he was “heading Down Under with an exemption permission.”

However, the Australian Border Force said Djokovic failed to provide “appropriate evidence to meet entry requirements,” adding that “non-citizens who do not hold a valid visa on entry or who have had their visa canceled will be detained and removed from Australia.”

A second tennis player due to play at the Australian Open, Czech Republic player Renata Voráčová, had her visa cancelled and was detained in the same hotel as Djokovic on Thursday.

In a statement on Instagram on Friday, Djokovic thanked his supporters. “Thank you to people around the world for your continuous support. I can feel it and it is greatly appreciated,” he wrote. Credit: Cassie Morgan via Storyful

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