As Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic's status in the Australian Open remains up in the air, hundreds of his supporters flocked outside his lawyer's office, prompting Melbourne police to pepper spray the unruly crowd.

In a tweet, The Guardian reported the crowd caused "[a]bsolute mayhem by Novak Djokovic’s lawyer’s office on Collins Street. A car leaving the office is surrounded by people cheering 'free Nole'."

Further reports reveal that local cops warmed the area moments later, spraying a substance and sending people in attendance coughing and rinsing their eyes. Police are reportedly responding to the stew after the group swamped a black Audi leaving the office car park, assuming it’s Novak.

The chaos came as confusion continues over whether or not Novak will be deported amid an earlier issue with his visa, which was canceled following his arrival last week because he remains in his stance of not getting the COVID-19 shot.

An Australian judge has since reinstated the tennis star’s visa, a move forward to possibly play in the Open amid Australia's strict coronavirus laws that proved to be a hurdle for the unvaccinated Djokovic, the New York Post reported.

In a press conference, Djokovic's mother created feisty allegations that the Australian Government had tortured and harassed her son ahead of the international tournament.

"He was subjected to torture, to harassment. We will hear even more about what he had to go through," her statement translates in English. "And of course, he fought against that system and the government because he thought he had the right to be there with a visa that he got."

His brother Djordje also maintained the athlete "is persistent and that he believes in his ideals, he won this fight for the whole world," the Daily Express noted.

Meanwhile, his fellow tennis star, the outspoken Rafael Nadal, has slammed the ugly saga on Monday.

"Whether or not I agree with Djokovic on some things, justice has spoken and said that he has the right to participate in the Australian Open. I think it is the fairest decision to do so if it has been resolved that way. I wish him the best of luck, " Nadal, who earned 20 Grand Slam men's singles titles to his name, said. "On a personal level, I'd much rather he didn't play."

Novak Djokovic fans in protest
Fans of world number 1, Novak Djokovic, clash with Melbourne police on Jan. 10, 2021. Getty Images

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