Novak Djokovic’s Melbourne hotel has been used as an immigration detention centre since 2020


This bug-infested place is more like a prison! Novak Djokovic’s Melbourne hotel has been used as an immigration detention centre since 2020 – where asylum seekers have complained of maggots and mould in food

  • Novak Djokovic was transferred to the Park Hotel in Carlton, Melbourne 
  • The facility has been used as an immigration detention centre since 2020 
  • More than 30 asylum seekers are currently being housed there under guard
  • A guest posted pictures of a meal which appeared to contain maggots in it


Novak Djokovic is being held in an infamous hotel ‘prison’ where asylum-seekers have complained about being served food covered in maggots and mould.

The world No 1 was transferred to the Park Hotel in Carlton, Melbourne, on Thursday after being detained at the city’s airport. 

The facility is used as an immigration detention centre and more than 30 asylum-seekers are currently housed there under guard, with windows sealed shut.

Novak Djokovic is being held in an infamous hotel ‘prison’ in Carlton, Melbourne

The facility is used as an immigration detention centre and more than 30 asylum-seekers are currently housed there

The facility is used as an immigration detention centre and more than 30 asylum-seekers are currently housed there

Last month, an Iraqi asylum-seeker who is being held at the hotel — which is described as ‘luxurious’ and ‘4.5 stars’ on its website —posted pictures of a meal which appeared to contain maggots and mouldy bread.

‘I was shocked. The food they’ve been delivering is putting people in danger,’ said Mustafa Salah. ‘Even an animal cannot eat this type of food.’

Refugee Mostafa Azimitabar was detained at the hotel for 15 months and described it as a ‘prison’. He tweeted on Thursday: ‘Refugees are still imprisoned there in tiny rooms without fresh air. No one deserves this. Let’s not forget the people who will remain after Novak leaves.’

Djokovic, who reportedly found insects in his hotel room on Thursday, had a request to be moved to a rented apartment rejected.

Great Britain were knocked out of the ATP Cup on Thursday. Dan Evans and Jamie Murray beat USA pair Taylor Fritz and John Isner, but Canada won the group.

World No 1 Djokovic reportedly found insects in his Melbourne hotel room on Thursday

World No 1 Djokovic reportedly found insects in his Melbourne hotel room on Thursday

HOW BIG NAMES REACTED

Rafa Nadal

‘If he wanted, he would be playing without a problem. He made his own decisions, but then there are some consequences. He knew the conditions months ago.’

Aleksandar Vucic, president of Serbia

‘I told our Novak that the whole of Serbia is with him and we are doing everything to see that the harassment of the world’s best tennis player is brought to an end.’

Sam Groth, Aussie ex-player

‘Djokovic being granted a medical exemption to play the Australian Open would spit in the face of every Victorian.’

Tennys Sandgren, US player

‘Politicians are stopping Novak. Australia doesn’t deserve to host a Grand Slam.’

 



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