Nick Kyrgios surprisingly came to the defence of Novak Djokovic, calling Australia’s treatment of the world number one “really bad” and urging authori-ties to “do better”.
The controversial Australian has previously been one of the Serbian’s staunchest critics, at one point labelling him a “tool” over his response to the coronavirus pandemic.
But with Djokovic — who has declared himself against vaccines and claimed to have an exemption to Australia’s pandemic entry restrictions — in an immigration detention hotel, Kyrgios blasted the way he had been dealt with.
“Look I definitely believe in taking action, I got vaccinated because of others and for my mum’s health,” he said on social media.
“But how we are handling Novak’s situation is bad, really bad.
“Like these memes, headlines, this is one of our great champions but at the end of the day, he is hu-man.
” Djokovic was detained on arrival in Australia earlier this week with his visa revoked for failing to meet the tough Covid restrictions.
Those granted permission to enter the country must prove they are fully vaccinated or have a doc-tor’s medical exemption, with authorities saying he provided evidence of neither.
He won a legal reprieve from deportation until at least Monday, when his case will be heard in court.