Sunrise's Edwina Bartholomew's brutal response to Djokovic visa bungle

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Sunrise host Edwina Bartholomew has taken another swipe at tennis star Novak Djokovic, after he was detained by border force officials upon arrival in Australia and subsequently had his visa cancelled.

The World No 1. had been granted a medical exemption to compete in the Australian Open, which prompted outcry from the public and other media commentators.

Sunrise host Edwina Bartholomew
Sunrise host Edwina Bartholomew has taken another swipe at tennis star Novak Djokovic. Photo: Channel 7

But if the tennis star's lawyers are unsuccessful in challenging the decision to cancel his visa, it's likely the 20-time grand slam champion will be flown out of Australia later today.

A development which saw Edwina take to Twitter to quip: "I look forward to the video for Border Force".

She was likely referring to the Channel Seven show Border Security: Australia's Front Line, which follows customs and immigration officials as they defend Australia from people trying to smuggle undeclared items into the country or other suspect travellers.

Edwina Bartholomew's Novak Djokovic tweet
Edwina Bartholomew took a swipe at Djokovic on Twitter. Photo: Twitter/Edwina Bartholomew

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Edwina's comment comes just a day after she and fellow Sunrise star Mark Beretta slammed the Victorian government's decision to allow Novak Djokovic a medical exemption to play in the Australian Open after he has repeatedly refused to disclose whether or not he's vaccinated against Covid-19.

Novak Djokovic shared this snap before leaving on the plan for Australia, revealing he'd received an exemption. Photo: Instagram/Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic shared this snap before leaving on the plan for Australia, revealing he'd received an exemption. Photo: Instagram/Novak Djokovic

Edwina was left unimpressed on Wednesday morning's program, sharing the perspective of Victorians and other Australians who were unable to visit dying loved ones throughout the pandemic as they couldn't get exemptions.

"I think for so many people, particularly in Victoria, its the culmination of all of the frustration that we’ve been feeling not just for two years, but particularly over the last couple of weeks with all the delays in testing and not being able to see family," she said.

"And people who have not been able to get medical exemptions for their own families to see people who are dying!"

Djokovic announced he was heading to Australia on Instagram to defend his title at the grand slam in Melbourne this month, writing: "Happy New Year, everybody! Wishing you all health, love, and happiness in every present moment and may you feel love & respect towards all beings on this wonderful planet."

He continued, "I’ve spent fantastic quality time with my loved ones over the break and today I’m heading Down Under with an exemption permission. Let’s go 2022!!"

The Victorian government had mandated that only fully vaccinated players, fans and staff, as well as those granted exemptions will be allowed to enter Melbourne Park

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