Andy Murray mocks Nigel Farage’s fight against Serbian Novak Djokovic’s deportation

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  • Novak Djokovic
    Novak Djokovic
    Serbian tennis player
  • Nigel Farage
    Nigel Farage
    British politician and former commodity broker (born 1964)
  • Andy Murray
    Andy Murray
    British professional tennis player from Scotland
Farage with a cut out of Novak Djokovic  (Twitter)
Farage with a cut out of Novak Djokovic (Twitter)

Andy Murray hit a spectacular return shot at Nigel Farage’s attempts to support the family of Novak Djokovic as they battled against his deportation from Australia.

The Brexit champion, who “confessed” to preferring immigrants from Australia over those from Eastern Europe, filmed himself being shown around Serbian national Djokovic’s trophy room and meeting the world number one’s family.

It came before Djokovic won his appeal against a decision to refuse him a visa in the Federal Circuit Court of Australia ahead of the Australian Open.

In the clip, Farage says “this is pretty amazing” as he enters the room full of trophies and cut-outs of the tennis star.

But Farage’s campaigning for strict Australian-style border controls for the UK swiftly resurfaced as well as his hardline views on immigration.

Andy Murray hit back at Farage (Getty Images)
Andy Murray hit back at Farage (Getty Images)

The best reply came from Andy Murray who, with a well-placed winking emoji, made it game set and match against Farage.

He tweeted: “Please record the awkward moment when you tell them you’ve spent most of your career campaigning to have people from Eastern Europe deported.”

Others dredged up Farage’s 2016 tweet: “Clear now for sake of our national security as well as for social cohesion that we must Leave EU & have Australian-style immigration system.”

Judge Anthony Kelly ruled that Djokovic’s visa cancellation order be “quashed” immediately and the tennis star be released from hotel quarantine within 30 minutes of his decision.

Government lawyer Christopher Tran told the judge after the ruling that the minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs, Alex Hawke, “will consider whether to exercise a personal power of cancellation.”

That would mean Djokovic could again face deportation and could still miss the Australian Open, which starts on January 17.

Djokovic, 34, had been fighting deportation and the cancellation of his visa in the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia.

In 2015 Farage admitted he has a “preference” for Australian immigrants over Eastern Europeans and Somalians.

He told the BBC: “I have to confess I do have a slight preference. I do think, naturally, that people from India and Australia are in some ways more likely to speak English, understand common law and have a connection with this country than some people that come perhaps from countries that haven’t fully recovered from being behind the iron curtain.”

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