Tennis star Novak Djokovic returns to the tennis court in Melbourne
Novak Djokovic is finally preparing for the Australian Open, after days of uncertainty about being allowed into the country – and yet there are still suggestions he has more questions to answer. Despite winning an appeal to have the visa application accepted, Immigration Minister Alex Hawke is still considering the possibility of “personal power to revoke,” a move that could last several days.
The men’s world number one now also admitted he broke his isolation and gave an interview to French newspaper L’Equipe when he learned he had the virus while also emerging he could face up to five years in prison if he lied about it. His test is positive.
He will face more questions, possibly from the Australian Border Force, over allegations that he misunderstood the information on his travel permit form, saying he had not traveled anywhere else before heading to Down Under – despite pictures that emerged of him training in Spain. before the new year. Andy Murray has admitted that Djokovic is likely to answer questions publicly as well after the isolation controversy, but is hopeful the Serb can return to focusing on tennis now.
Catch the latest news and updates as Djokovic prepares for the Australian Open below.
Renata Vorakova ‘did nothing wrong’ before being deported from Australia, says WTA
The WTA continued: “Renata Vorakova followed these rules and procedures, was allowed in on arrival, competed in an event, and then suddenly had her visa revoked when she did nothing wrong.
“We will continue to work with all authorities to address this unfortunate situation in an appropriate manner.”
Voracova confirmed that she is now seeking compensation from Tennis Australia for her treatment.
“The flight ticket alone costs CZK 60,000 (£2,060) and my war travels with me. Then there’s all that time, the hotels, training for the Grand Slams, the potential prize money,” she told Czech newspaper Denek.
“I hope Tennis Australia faces that and we won’t have to take legal steps.”
Jimmy BraidwoodJan 12 2022 21:48
Djokovic is not the only player caught in the storm
The Women’s Tennis Association has claimed doubles player Renata Vorakova, whose visa was revoked and deported from Australia last week, “did nothing wrong”.
Voracova was granted entry to Australia with a vaccination exemption and took part in a warm-up event in Melbourne before being detained by border officials amid the uproar over Novak Djokovic.
After the court upheld Djokovic’s appeal on Monday, Vorakova expressed her disappointment with her absence from the Grand Slam.
“I’m really sad that this happened,” she said. “It’s one of the biggest tournaments. You go there and it happens. You can’t even imagine that it’s possible in the 21st century to happen in this country.”
In a statement, the WTA acknowledged the situation was “unfortunate.”
Jimmy BraidwoodJan 12 2022 21:25
Djokovic’s saga is bad for everyone, says the ATP
The controversy surrounding Novak Djokovic’s entry to Australia has been “harmful on all fronts,” according to the men’s professional tennis tour.
The 34-year-old is still awaiting a ruling from Australian Immigration Minister Alex Hawke, who is considering whether to cancel his visa despite Djokovic’s victory in court.
The decision to grant Djokovic, who is not vaccinated, a medical exemption for the tournament, has sparked controversy in Australia, which has seen some of the world’s strictest lockdown and vaccination rules during the pandemic.
“ATP fully respects the sacrifices made by the people of Australia since the onset of Covid-19 and the stringent immigration policies that have been put in place,” the organization said.
“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.”
Jimmy BraidwoodJan 12 2022 20:48
Australian TV reporters are widely reported because of the vociferous Djokovic
A leaked video from 7News Melbourne shows two reporters discussing the world’s number one before their show – far from supplemental terms.
Rebecca Madern and Mike Amore’s comments were captured on microphone and camera while sitting behind the news desk, with a large image of Djokovic fixed to a screen behind them.
Madern can be heard saying, “Whichever way you look at it, Novak Djokovic is a liar, a sneaky, a *** hole.” “Whatever way you look at it… it’s a pity everyone is crammed around it. To get out when you know you have Covid… Well, I don’t even think he has Covid.”
“That’s it, he’s a **hole. He got a bullshit excuse and then fell for his lies. That’s what happened, right, that’s what happened.” Omar replied.
Jimmy BraidwoodJan 12 2022 20:26
Djokovic will play “better” against the fans
Former player Andrew Castle says Novak Djokovic is “stubborn” and that having the fans against him at the Australian Open will make him play “better”.
Djokovic won his appeal to remain in Australia on Monday after his visa was revoked for not having enough evidence to grant him a medical exemption. However, he could still be deported if Australian Immigration Minister Alex Hawke decides to reinstate the visa in the coming days.
Many are predicting that the crowd will be against him when he plays a record-breaking Twenty-four Grand Slam, but Kassel believes Djokovic will do well in that environment.
“He’s a stubborn guy who works hard on court, if he gets that exemption and if the Australian government doesn’t overturn the court, I’d say he’ll start playing,” he told Sky.
“If he can get through two, three, four rounds and play his way into the championship – we know how good he is – I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see him in week two of these major tournaments again, because he’s so stubborn and so good.
“When the time comes, and the bell rings, he will be ready to compete. Sometimes, Novak can be better when everyone is against him than when everyone is with him.”
Jimmy BraidwoodJan 12 2022 19:57
Djokovic is set to enter the Australian Open draw
Novak Djokovic is set to learn his first-round opponent as the Australian Open draw takes place on Thursday.
That could put more pressure on the Australian government to make its decision ahead of the draw, which will take place at 3pm local time (4am GMT).
Djokovic, the nine-time Australian Open champion, was ranked number one in the men’s lottery.
While the chances are slim, Djokovic could lure Andy Murray, an unranked player after earning a wildcard at the tournament.
Jimmy BraidwoodJan 12 2022 19:37
Djokovic’s father announces: Case closed
While Novak Djokovic’s future at the Australian Open still hangs in the balance, his father believes it’s already a closed case.
In his recent comments to Serbian media, Serjan Djokovic said: “The entire situation regarding Novak Djokovic has been closed by a ruling of the Australian Court.
“An Australian court and an independent judge, after seven hours of examining all the facts, have determined that there is no ambiguity and that Novak is free to enter Australia and do his job.”
Djokovic is still awaiting a decision by the Australian immigration minister, who can exercise personal power to revoke Djokovic’s visa.
Jimmy BraidwoodJan 12 2022 19:14
When will the Australian Minister of Immigration decide the fate of Novak Djokovic?
The Serbian is awaiting a decision by Australian Immigration Minister Alex Hawke, who should consider whether to revoke the visa of the 20-time Grand Slam winner.
It was reported that a decision on Djokovic’s visa was due to be made on Wednesday 12 January, but the day came and went without a ruling.
This means that Hawke will almost certainly decide either Thursday, January 13th, or Friday, January 14th. Djokovic has been named number one ahead of Thursday’s men’s draw.
Jimmy BraidwoodJan 12 2022 18:48
Djokovic’s interview is very disturbing
Novak Djokovic has been criticized by the International Tennis Writers Federation after he admitted attending an interview with French newspaper L’Equipe while testing positive for Covid-19.
Djokovic made the admission in a statement earlier today. World No. 1 tested positive for Covid on December 16, but she went on to do the interview on December 18 and did not tell the journalist.
“The news that Novak Djokovic did not tell one of our members – and the rest of the L’Equipe team that day – that he tested positive for Covid-19 is deeply disturbing,” the International Federation of Tennis Writers said in a statement. .
“As journalists, we take great care to adhere to all applicable Covid-19 rules and expect all players to do the same. Furthermore, it should be noted that all journalists must be fully vaccinated to travel to Melbourne for this year’s Australian Open.”
Jimmy BraidwoodJan 12 2022 18:23
Murray: Djokovic still has questions to answer
Novak Djokovic still has questions to answer about the Australian visa controversy, says Andy Murray
Andy Murray said Novak Djokovic still had questions to answer about his controversial entry to Australia, despite the World No. 1 winning an appeal against his deportation from the country.
Djokovic is set to defend his Australian Open title after an order to revoke his visa was overturned after his medical exemption from the Covid vaccine was scrutinized at a court hearing.
Djokovic has yet to address allegations that he attended a public event after he came back with a positive PCR result last month and the player’s family abruptly closed a press conference when asked if he had violated self-isolation rules on Monday.
While Murray, a longtime friend and rival of Djokovic, welcomed the outcome of the court hearing and his release, the former British No. 1 player said he must address these remaining questions before the tournament begins on January 17.
“It is positive that he is no longer detained,” Murray said.
“Obviously he won on court and that’s a positive thing for him. Hopefully he’ll be able to focus on tennis now.
“I think there are still some questions that need to be answered about isolation and stuff, and I’m sure we’ll hear from him in the next few days.”
Lawrence OstlerJan 12 2022 18:01