Djokovic physician slams Australia for attempting to deport ‘wholesome’ star

The physician broadly credited with serving to Novak Djokovic to achieve the top of tennis criticised Australia for twice cancelling the Serbian star’s visa and detaining him over COVID technicalities.

Medical physician Igor Cetojevic speaks throughout an interview on 14 January 2022. Image: AFP

LIMASSOL – The physician broadly credited with serving to Novak Djokovic to achieve the top of tennis on Friday criticised Australia for twice cancelling the Serbian star’s visa and detaining him over COVID technicalities, saying he’s “tremendous wholesome”.

“It is absurd that someone who has optimum well being is a menace to the well being of the general public,” Dr Igor Cetojevic, a Bosnian-born Serb who lives in Cyprus, informed AFP.

Australia stripped Djokovic of his visa on Friday and plans to detain him, simply days forward of his bid to win a record-breaking twenty first Grand Slam title on the Australian Open in Melbourne.

Djokovic, an avowed COVID-19 vaccine sceptic, is the event’s high seed and had been practising on the Melbourne Park courts simply hours earlier than Immigration Minister Alex Hawke’s bombshell choice was introduced.

Cetojevic, who spent a 12 months on tour with Djokovic till 2011, when he received Wimbledon for the primary time and have become world primary, stated the unvaccinated Serb was being handled unfairly.

“How can a brilliant wholesome man be a menace for the Australian Open,” the 60-year-old physician stated, laughing out loud.

“It is all politics, it begins with politics, not anything,” stated Cetojevic, who describes himself as a certified medical physician who makes use of energetical drugs, Chinese language drugs and a holistic strategy to therapeutic.

In his 2013 ebook “Serve to Win”, Djokovic revealed how altering his weight loss plan on the recommendation of Cetojevic had helped to take him to the highest.

“We’re like precision devices,” Djokovic wrote within the ebook that reveals the gluten-free weight loss plan and health plan that remodeled his profession.

“If I’m even the slightest bit off, if my physique is reacting poorly to the meals I’ve eaten, I merely cannot play on the stage it takes to beat these guys.”

Over the course of his stellar profession, Djokovic has at all times sought methods to present himself an edge over his opponents.


Lots of the treatments that he has turned to have been dismissed by his critics as quackery, however Cetojevic leapt to his defence.

Requested whether or not Djokovic’s efficiency can be harmed if he have been to get a vaccine in opposition to the coronavirus, he stated: “Undoubtedly”.

“Let’s name issues by their proper title,” he stated in an interview at his house close to the southern Cypriot metropolis of Limassol.

“These so-called vaccines are, in actual fact, experimental merchandise that haven’t been clinically confirmed.

“I am seeing sufferers today, strange individuals who adopted the advice to be injected, who at the moment are going through main well being points.

“The entire thought is to impress the physique’s immune system, however … we’re all totally different. Some folks have totally different reactions.

“If in case you have the very best automobile for System One and you place the mistaken petrol inside, what’s going to occur?” the physician stated, including that Djokovic understood this analogy from his personal expertise.

“He respects himself, he’s conscious and a wise individual and he learns from his errors and he additionally from good decisions. Fortunately, assembly me 10 years in the past, his life modified.”

The World Well being Group says the accepted COVID vaccines have been rigorously assessed for security, and medical trials have proven that they supply a long-lasting immune response.

WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned on Wednesday that the “overwhelming majority” of individuals admitted to hospitals are unvaccinated.

Djokovic flew into Melbourne on 5 January claiming a vaccine exemption due to a optimistic PCR check end result on 16 December.

Border brokers rejected his exemption, revoked his visa and positioned him in a infamous detention centre the place he spent 4 nights.

The Australian authorities insists a latest an infection doesn’t qualify as a vaccine exemption for overseas nationals attempting to enter the nation.

Cetojevic stated he stays in contact with Djokovic from “time to time”, however he declined to disclose if they’d any contact in latest days.

“I am at all times in contact with good associates… it relies on the time and desires,” he stated.

“I am comfortable that his spirits are excessive and that his toes are on the bottom and he is wholesome.”


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