Andy Murray trolls Nigel Farage over Novak Djokovic stance with brilliant tweet
British tennis icon Andy Murray took to Twitter to hit out at Nigel Farage's stance over the ongoing Novak Djokovic visa controversy ahead of the 2021 Australian Open.
Following the Serbs successful appeal on Monday, the Australian government agreed to revoke their decision to cancel his visa.
It means Djokovic, a nine-time winner of the Melbourne tournament, will be released from detention and get his passport and other personal items back.
However, Australia's immigration minister Alex Hawke can personally intervene and decide to cancel his visa anyway – which would potentially see Djokovic banned from Australia for three years. However, this doesn't appear too likely.
Djokovic has publicly stated his position against vaccinations in the past and has not had the vaccine, but he claims to have tested positive for Covid in mid-December, which he argued made him exempt from Australia's strict policy on visitors being vaccinated before entering the country.
Famous for his aggressive pro-Brexit and anti-immigration politics, Farage is sceptical of vaccinations and has been sending support to Djokovic on social media, posting a video of himself joining Djokovic's brother, Djordje, in the world No's trophy room.
Murray responded to Farage’s video by tweeting: "Please record the awkward moment when you tell them you’ve spent most of your career campaigning to have people from Eastern Europe deported," accompanied by a winking face emoji.
Farage couldn't help but dig back, replying on Twitter: "Dear Andy, you clearly don't understand politics or the Brexit campaign but are filled with prejudice. Concentrate on the tennis and, a word of advice, crack a smile every now and again."
But Murray had the last laugh, posting an emoji suggesting that the politician took the bait.
The Scot is a friend of Djokovic and has spoken out against the visa chaos, telling reporters in Melbourne that the scenario is 'not good for tennis at all.'
The federal government intervened last Thursday to cancel Djokovic’s visa, which is needed to get into the country to compete in the Australian Open due to vaccination requirements.
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Djokovic argued he had received a vaccination exemption allowing him to play in the Australian Open, but his exemption was only signed off on by Tennis Australia and the Victorian government rather than the federal government.
Border officials had previously ruled Djokovic did not meet the exemption criteria whereby all non-Australians had to be fully vaccinated against Covid. The Serb reportedly provided officials with a medical exemption given to him by Tennis Australia and two medical panels.
Murray has been awarded a wildcard for the Australian Open, where qualifying begins on January 10 before the full tournament kicks off a week later and concludes on January 30.
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