Novak Djokovic wins appeal against deportation from Australia
Novak Djokovic is free to enter Australia after winning his battle with the country’s government over his visa – for now at least. Immigration Minister Alex Hawke is still studying the possibility of a “personal force to cancel”, a move that could last for several days as the Serbian star looks to prepare to compete for the Australian Open.
His parents were outspoken during the course of the appeal, with his father claiming victory for human rights and freedom of speech in a “young man from a small poor country” defeating “big and strong people” in the courts. Meanwhile, Djokovic’s mother compared his treatment to “torture and harassment”.
However, none of his family chose to answer questions about the tennis star’s positive Covid result from December, ending a press conference when the matter came to light on Monday. Court documents show that Djokovic tested positive on December 16, but the next day he was apparently photographed in public without a mask and in the presence of children. Follow the latest news and reactions from Djokovic’s hearing below.
Murray and Farraj exchanged on Twitter
Nigel Farage was in Belgrade with the Djokovic family during the tennis star’s struggle in Australia.
The politician shared a video of the family’s home and said he was “welcomed” and Britain’s Andy Murray responded.
He said, “Please record the embarrassing moment when you tell them that you have spent most of your career campaigning to deport people from Eastern Europe.”
Read how Farage responded and the full story:
Sarah RendellJan 11 2022 09:55
Kyrgios ’embarrassed’ about Djokovic’s situation
Nick Kyrgios is ’embarrassed’ about being an Australian athlete due to the way he played Djokovic’s visa situation.
“We know the media loves to create storms, with my story and everything that happens with Novak,” Kyrgios said, “I am very embarrassed as an Australian athlete who saw what this guy did for us and for the sport.
“I just don’t think the way we handle it right, but the media likes to do it, likes to divide.”
Sarah RendellJan 11 2022 09:45
Djokovic is set to face more questions
Djokovic claimed he had not traveled prior to entering Australia, but footage emerged that could make the star face more questions.
The footage appears to show Djokovic training at a training camp in southern Spain on December 31, which would raise questions about Djokovic’s claim that he did not travel before traveling to Australia on January 4.
This is the latest in a string of events that has culminated in Djokovic waiting to see if Immigration Minister Alex Hawke will be gone before the Australian Open.
Sarah RendellJan 11 2022 09:35
Djokovic faces a tough crowd, says Becker
Boris Becker has warned Djokovic that he will face a lukewarm crowd at the Australian Open if he participates.
The star could still be deported, but for now he is on his way to trying to defend his title and win it at the Grand Slam.
Becker told the BBC: “I’m sure there will be some boos and whistles, but he’s used to it.
“He’s always been a street fighter who has had to stand up to the odds and win the crowd, and it was great in the US Open final last year when they finally embraced him.
“The fans will be difficult with him but with every match he starts, he will win the fans and they will embrace him again. But he will have a difficult first week.”
Sarah RendellJan 11 2022 09:28
Djokovic confirmed that he is the number one
The Australian Open has confirmed that Djokovic is the top seed in the men’s tournament although there are some doubts over whether he will compete.
It was possible to re-cancel his visa for the star in the coming days, but his preparations for the event continued with him in judicial exercises.
Ashleigh Barty is the women’s top seed. She recently won the International Adelaide Award.
Sarah RendellJan 11 2022 09:22
ATP says Djokovic’s situation ‘harmful on all fronts’
The ATP men’s tennis tour released a statement on Djokovic’s visa status and said it was “harmful on all fronts”.
The statement came after the world did not. 1 has won his appeal to remain in Australia but the Minister of Immigration can still cancel his visa.
The ATP said: “The complications in recent days related to the player’s entry into Australia … have highlighted the need for a clearer understanding, communication and enforcement of the rules.
“While traveling to Melbourne, it is clear that Novak Djokovic believes he has been granted a medical exemption necessary in order to comply with the entry rules.
“The chain of events leading up to Monday’s court hearing hurt on all fronts, including Novak’s well-being and preparation for the Australian Open.”
Sarah RendellJan 11 2022 09:13
Djokovic’s plea won a victory for freedom of expression
Djokovic’s family took part in a press conference on Monday where they shared their feelings about the situation and celebrated Djokovic’s win with charm.
His father, Sardan, said it was a victory for freedom of speech: “He fought for freedom of thought, for freedom of speech. It was very hard for us, as for anyone in the world with freedom of thought. But he is a very strong, wonderful young man trying Always helping, never hurting.”
Sarah RendellJan 11 2022 09:04
Novak Djokovic’s father, Serjan Djokovic, called on Queen Elizabeth to intervene
Novak Djokovic’s father has called on Queen Elizabeth to interfere in his son’s visa drama, Novak Djokovic in Australia.
While Djokovic’s father also described Prime Minister Scott Morrison as a “dictator”.
“The autocracy has shown its true face today. Contrary to the decision of the Independent Court of Australia, the dictator Scott has ordered the arrest and deportation of my son, your world champion, Novak Djokovic, and banned from entering the country for three long years.” “The court has shown that the law exists in Australia, but that Scott has dared to take justice into his own hands.
“I call on the Queen of Britain, Elizabeth, leader of the Commonwealth, to intervene and protect the human rights of my son Novak Djokovic and stop the political prosecution that has been carried out against him since he came to Australia.” Djokovic said. “I call on all Australians and the world at large to raise their voices against terrorism and the brutal human rights abuses that the world’s best tennis player is being subjected to.
“Australia has become a dystopia, a mockery of the free world. They treat Novak Djokovic, my son, your world champion, as a political prisoner. As a terrorist at Guantanamo Bay. They deny him the right to play, individuality and freedom of opinion.” But I claim publicly: political monsters will not break it! The whole world can now To see a fake democracy led by one silence.
“The Australian government treats Novak as an enemy of the state, not the best tennis player in the world who has always helped Australia with his charitable donations. Racists treat him as a lower class citizen.” “The truth has emerged, Australia is run by political criminals who do not respect individual rights or court decisions. They do not respect the decisions of their courts, they do not respect their legal system.
“As of today, Australia is a banana republic and my son took the cross to go down in history as Spartacus stood on the last line of defense for freedom.
“I call on all NGOs around the world and all people of good will who believe in justice and democracy, as well as the Queen of Great Britain, to participate and protect Novak Djokovic from the torture he is being subjected to.”
Jack RathburnJan 11 2022 09:00
Nadal: Justice has spoken
Rafael Nadal spoke of Djokovic’s victory on appeal and said, “Justice has been spoken.”
the world does not. 1 won his fight to stay in Australia but more government intervention could come in days. “Whether I agree with Djokovic or not, justice has spoken and said he has the right to participate in the Australian Open and I think it is the fairest decision to do so, if it is resolved in this way,” Nadal told Spanish radio station Onda Cero.
“I wish him good luck. On a personal level, I would have preferred not to play!”
Sarah RendellJan 11 2022 08:52
What are the political implications?
Monday’s appeal victory has put the Australian government in a difficult position. Immigration Minister Alex Hook can still deport Djokovic by re-cancelling his visa, but the weight of the situation is reflected in the time it takes to consider the matter.
A decision is expected on Wednesday as Djokovic continues his Australian Open preparations in the meantime.
Read below for a full article on what this could mean for the country’s government:
Sarah RendellJan 11 2022 08:44