Novak Djokovic, the world number one tennis player, is reportedly prepared to sue the Australian government over his deportation.
Following an 11-day visa dispute with authorities, the world No. 1 was kicked out of the nation on the day of the Australian Open.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion is now back in Serbia, where he is apparently in negotiations with attorneys considering suing the Morrison government for more than $6 million (£3.2 million) over ‘poor treatment,’ according to The Sun.
Tennis Australia has denied paying Djokovic’s legal bills during his fight to stay in the nation, telling radio station 2GB that the charges are “completely false.”
The projected amount for damages includes the prize money Djokovic would have received if he had won his 10th Australian Open title in Melbourne.
‘It’s common knowledge that Novak and his family believe he was mistreated in the Melbourne quarantine hotel,’ a close source told The Sun.
‘His mother described it as being infested with fleas and maggots. He was treated as though he were a prisoner.’