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Novak Djokovic’s ‘Requests for Access to a Personal Chef’ Rejected as Photos of Hotel Food Emerge | World news

Novak Djokovic’s requests for access to his personal chef and a tennis court have been rejected by Australian authorities, according to reports.

The Australian newspaper reported that the world tennis number one was denied any “special treatment” while in police custody.

Djokovic is entering a third day at a Melbourne hotel that has also turned into a detention center for immigrants – a few miles from the luxury hotels where most Australian Open players stay.

He is currently embroiled in a row over whether he is exempt from the country’s COVID vaccination rules and faces deportation after his visa is canceled.

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Lawyers representing the 34-year-old plan to appeal to court on Monday and were ordered to file a summary of their case today.

Djokovic, who has expressed his skepticism about coronavirus vaccines in the past, wrote on Instagram yesterday: “Thank you people around the world for your continued support. I can feel it and it’s greatly appreciated.”

The fury meant the Serbian tennis star was unable to celebrate Orthodox Christmas on Friday – an important religious holiday.

A priest at the Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Melbourne had attempted to visit Djokovic, but was refused by immigration officials because the hotel is closed.

Fans of the nine-time Australian Open champion have gathered outside the Park Hotel, waving banners as he remains locked inside.

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Novak’s mother: “It’s a very difficult time”

“Maggots and mold in our bread”

About 30 asylum seekers are housed one floor above Djokovic in the Park Hotel – and some of them have been held there for two years.

They were transferred to Melbourne after being evacuated for medical treatment from Australia’s controversial detention centers in Papua New Guinea and Nauru.

Even before Djokovic’s arrival, the hotel had made headlines amid allegations that maggots and mold were in bread given to detainees.

Hossein Latifi told Reuters news agency: “We are stuck in our room. There is no fresh air. We have no place to train. There is no gym here. . It’s very hard.”

The 32-year-old, from Iran, added: “We are refugees, we are innocent – we have not committed any crime. They are just keeping me hostage here.”

The third and fourth floors of the Park Hotel were damaged by fire on December 23 – and during an evacuation, some asylum seekers ended up infected with COVID because they were being held with the quarantine of passengers who tested positive.

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Even some of those who have criticized the star in the past for his remarks on vaccines have spoken out against the way he is being treated. Photo: AP

“Difficult weeks” to come

The daily number of coronavirus infections in Australia is repeatedly breaking records as the Omicron variant spreads.

An unprecedented 45,098 new infections were reported in New South Wales, the country’s most populous state on Saturday, up from 38,625 the day before.

The outbreak prompted New South Wales to reintroduce some restrictions, with dancing and singing in pubs and nightclubs now banned.

State health officials believe cases might not peak until the end of January, warning: “We have a tough week ahead of us. But we have planned this pandemic and have continued to reinvent ourselves for two years now. “

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Djokovic’s message to supporters on Instagram

Tennis rivals slam Djokovic’s treatment

Even some of those who have criticized the star in the past for his remarks on vaccines have spoken out against the way he is being treated.

Nick Kyrgios – an Australian player who called Djokovic a ‘tool’ after calling for the relaxation of quarantine rules last year – tweeted: ‘Look, I really believe in action, I got the shot at because of others and for my mother’s health, but how we deal with Novak’s situation is bad, really bad.

“He’s one of our great champions but at the end of the day he’s human. To do better.”

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