Novak Djokovic live updates: World No. 1 faces new Australian visa hearing

Martina Navratilova tells Djokovic to ‘suck’ and ‘go home’

Novak Djokovic made another appeal after Australian Immigration Minister Alex Hawke canceled his visa on Friday. The men’s world number 1, who is unvaccinated but has claimed an exemption from Australia’s strict rules on visitors being vaccinated against Covid-19 due to having already had a bout with the disease, faces a race against the clock to have his visa reinstated with his first match of the Australian Open scheduled for Monday evening.

On Friday, Hawke announced that he had canceled Djokovic’s visa for “reasons of health and good order”. Djokovic’s legal team immediately fought the decision and the case will now go to federal court over the weekend, with Djokovic’s lawyers pushing for a final decision on Sunday before he begins his bid for a 21st Historic Grand Slam. The 34-year-old Serb was summoned to a meeting with border authorities on Saturday morning, and could then be held in a state hotel while the case is heard.

The pressure has been building all week after Djokovic broke his silence on a number of accusations of breaking Covid protocol on Wednesday, and he admitted he had broken solitary confinement and conducted an interview with the French newspaper L’Equipe despite knowing he was positive for the virus, such a transgression could result in up to five years in prison if it is proven that he lied about his positive test.

Follow all the latest news below as Djokovic battles against expulsion once again.


Djokovic detained by Australian border authorities, report says

Novak Djokovic has now been arrested by Australian border authorities in accordance with the arrangement agreed to in court, according to CNN.

Djokovic had his visa withdrawn twice by immigration officials ahead of the Australian Open because he is not vaccinated against Covid-19.

Graeme MassieJanuary 14, 2022 10:36 p.m.


Serbia’s Prince Philip condemns Australia’s handling of Djokovic

“The strength and actions of a brave individual, [Novak Djokovic] can give us hope and courage,” Prince Philip wrote on Twitter.

“It is becoming more and more evident that the ‘free world’ is heading down the path of tyranny. When tyranny shows its ugly face, it is our duty to speak out.

“Many will not recognize that we are going down this dangerous path because tyranny has a clever way of disguising itself as an act of good, therefore those who speak out are often met with disapproval and outrage, as is the case with our good brother [Novak].

“We have become distracted in our modern society, therefore, we can easily forget the telling lessons of history.”

Prince Philip of Serbia was born on January 15, 1982.

He is a member of the House of Karađorđević and son of Serbian Crown Prince Alexander. He is the fraternal twin of Prince Alexander and the second in line to the throne of Serbia after his older brother, Prince Peter.

Peter II was the last king of Yugoslavia, reigning from October 1934 until his deposition in 1945, when Yugoslavia became a republic.

Graeme MassieJanuary 14, 2022 10:03 p.m.


World reacts to Australia’s cancellation of tennis star Novak Djokovic’s visa

Novak Djokovic continues to grab headlines in sport and beyond as his quest to feature at the Australian Open spans the courts, government figures, tennis personalities and, presumably, science.

Journalists, tennis personalities and many more – many more – had their say on the Serbian and his predicament:

Karl MatchetJanuary 14, 2022 9:00 p.m.


Andy Murray rejects offers to play in Saudi Arabia due to human rights concerns

Andy Murray refused to ‘kick’ Djokovic while he’s down after he was asked his opinion on the Serb – and it’s also clear what his opinion is on playing tennis in Saudi Arabia.

Lucrative offers tempting top boxers, golfers and footballers to compete in Saudi Arabia aren’t enough for Andy Murray to put money before morals.

When Murray received offers to travel to Riyadh to play in exhibition matches, the potential to earn millions of dollars was dismissed.

Friday’s revelation came from the three-time Grand Slam winner’s agent in the week the Spanish Football Federation came under fire from human rights campaigners for taking their Super Cup to Saudi Arabia.

Karl MatchetJanuary 14, 2022 8:40 p.m.


Novak Djokovic’s controversial beliefs and why he opposes the vaccine

According to Novak Djokovic, one of the defining days of his career came in the summer of 2010. He had already won his first Grand Slam title, but recurring shortness of breath plagued him in matches. To watch Djokovic now is to see one of the world’s toughest athletes in action. He covers the tennis court with almost robotic efficiency, always two steps ahead of his failing opponents. At the time, it was Djokovic who felt abnormally jaded. On several occasions, in the heat of the moment, he even requested medical leave for fear of collapsing.

Dr. Igor Cetojevic, a Serb who describes himself as an “energy medicine specialist”, was put in touch with Djokovic through a mutual friend. The couple met in Croatia, where Cetojevic asked Djokovic to extend his left arm while pressing a piece of bread against his stomach. To Djokovic’s surprise, his arm felt noticeably weaker when near gluten. Ridiculous as it may seem that such a meticulous player would be docile to such vague “alternative therapies”, it is possible to see all the success and controversy in Djokovic’s career – 19 Grand Slam titles, a record number of days spent as world No. 1 and not quite so detained in an immigration hotel in Melbourne – through the lens of this day.

Tom Kershaw explains how Djokovic’s beliefs and approach to his life and career brought him to this Melbourne-based saga.

Karl MatchetJanuary 14, 2022 8:20 p.m.


Novak Djokovic will return to the detention center on Saturday morning

Novak Djokovic will return to a detention center at 8 a.m. local time on Saturday after the Australian government decided to cancel his visa again.

The Serb was not detained on Friday night after Immigration Minister Alex Hawke’s decision. But he will likely stay again at the Park Hotel on the outskirts of Melbourne on Saturday night.

The 34-year-old will first meet with immigration officials, before discussions take place with his lawyers to finalize plans for his appeal.

Djokovic is then due to remain in a detention center before the appeal is heard on Sunday, just hours before he is due to play his 2022 Australian Open first round match against compatriot Miomir Kecmanović.

Jack RathbornJanuary 14, 2022 8:00 PM


Djokovic fights Australian visa ruling as legal team launches appeal

Addressing a first hearing as Djokovic appeals the minister’s decision, his lawyers suggested the decision was made due to concerns that the tennis star’s appearance at the Australian Open will not fuels anti-vaccination sentiment in the country, rather than strong legal grounds.

Djokovic’s side have also called for a quick audition which they hope to conclude on Sunday, before the tournament begins on Monday, with the player due to play his opener on Monday night in Melbourne. “We are very concerned about the weather,” Djokovic’s lawyer, Nicholas Wood, told the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia.

The government representative at the hearing agreed to accept the expedited deadline and confirmed that Djokovic would not be detained – as he was for four days upon his arrival in Melbourne – until the appeal process is completed. is not over.

Karl MatchetJanuary 14, 2022 7:40 p.m.


Spain denies Novak Djokovic investigation into alleged Covid breach

Novak Djokovic is not being investigated by the Spanish government over an alleged breach of Covid rules separate from his current difficulties with the Australian government.

Reports on Wednesday suggested authorities were looking into a possible legal issue after it emerged Djokovic had entered the country days after testing positive for Covid en route to Melbourne for the Australian Open.

Since September 20, citizens of Serbia are required to have a vaccination certificate or present a special waiver to enter Spanish territory.

“Only residents of Serbia who have a full vaccination certificate or special permission can enter Spain,” reads the current Spanish entry requirements.

Meanwhile, Djokovic has also been accused by Stefanos Tsitsipas of ‘playing by his own rules’.

Karl MatchetJanuary 14, 2022 7:20 p.m.


Raducanu the other Australian Open talking point

Djokovic is stealing most of the headlines right now, but Emma Raducanu is in the first slam since winning the US Open.

Our reporter Tom Kershaw wrote of the pressure she faces: “Raducanu may have already scaled the mountain, but these players still feel like banning the giants in front of her.

“What is a realistic goal? If such a thing can still be applied? Raducanu’s opener, against American Sloane Stephens, is a ruthless test in which victory alone would be a huge scorer. It’s a daunting task that also raises intriguing parallels. Few expected an unranked Stephens to claim US Open glory in 2017 and, amid the whirlwind of attention and unwanted comparisons to Serena Williams, she didn’t win a single match. for the rest of the season.

“By the time she was knocked out in the first round of the Australian Open the following year, her losing streak had extended to eight matches. “Relax, everyone. don’t worry,” she said with a smile and a laugh to a room full of solemn reporters afterwards. Sure enough, at Roland-Garros a few months later, she reached the final.

Sarah RendelJanuary 14, 2022 7:00 p.m.


So how did Djokovic’s situation play out?

Djokovic has been in Australia for almost 10 days and his visa has been canceled twice.

The first time he was detained at a Melbourne airport as he was deemed a health risk as he had not received the Covid vaccine. He won an appeal to stay in Australia, but Immigration Minister Alex Hawke had the power to overturn it again.

He exercised his right to do so on Friday, but Djokovic and his team are fighting back with the case now heading to the Federal Court of Australia.

But how did it get there and why? Here’s everything you need to know:

Sarah RendelJanuary 14, 2022 6:40 p.m.

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