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Nigel Farage has told Sir Andy Murray to “concentrate on tennis” after the former world number one mocked him over his support for Novak Djokovic.
Former UKIP and Brexit Party leader Farage has backed 20-time Grand Slam winner Djokovic in his ongoing row with the Australian authorities over his visa and vaccination status.
Farage has flown to Serbia to meet Djokovic's family and uploaded a video of himself in the tennis star's trophy room in Belgrade on Sunday, prompting an angry response from Murray.
Please record the awkward moment when you tell them you’ve spent most of your career campaigning to have people from Eastern Europe deported.😉 https://t.co/rfFn1hdXlu— Andy Murray (@andy_murray) January 9, 2022
“Please record the awkward moment when you tell them you’ve spent most of your career campaigning to have people from Eastern Europe deported,” Murray tweeted.
Farage hit back at the three-time Grand Slam winner, tweeting: “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.”
Murray has since responded to Farage, simply posting the ‘fishing’ emoji.
On Monday, Djokovic won his appeal to have his deportation from Australian overturned and is now set to defend his Australian Open title in Melbourne.
The 34-year-old had spent the last week in a detention hotel in Melbourne after having his visa revoked by the Australian Border Force.
I’m pleased and grateful that the Judge overturned my visa cancellation. Despite all that has happened,I want to stay and try to compete @AustralianOpen— Novak Djokovic (@DjokerNole) January 10, 2022
I remain focused on that. I flew here to play at one of the most important events we have in front of the amazing fans. 👇 pic.twitter.com/iJVbMfQ037
"I’m pleased and grateful that the Judge overturned my visa cancellation,” he tweeted.
“Despite all that has happened, I want to stay and try to compete @AustralianOpen I remain focused on that. I flew here to play at one of the most important events we have in front of the amazing fans."
In another tweet, he wrote: "For now I cannot say more but THANK YOU all for standing with me through all this and encouraging me to stay strong."
The decision to allow Djokovic to remain in Australia has proved controversial Down Under.
News readers on Australia’s Channel 7 were involved in an embarrassing blunder this week after footage emerged of them slamming the tennis star while on set.
A female reporter accused Djokovic of being a 'lying sneaky arsehole' in the footage, which surfaced on Twitter on Monday.
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