Martina Navratilova tells Djokovic to ‘suck it up’ and ‘go home’
Novak Djokovic now has an opponent gearing up for him in the first round of the Australian Open, despite the decision on his visa still up in the air just days before the tournament kicks off. But the Serb is now reasonably expected to face his compatriot next week despite delays in the lottery suggesting a decision on his visa from Immigration Minister Alex Hawke was imminent.
Hawke is still studying the possibility of a “personal force to cancel,” a move that could last for several days. The men’s world number one broke his silence on a number of accusations of violating the Covid protocol on Wednesday, admitting that he broke the isolation and gave an interview to the French newspaper L’Equipe despite knowing that he had contracted the virus, such a violation. It can lead to up to five years in prison if it is proven that he lied about his positive test.
Djokovic’s problems are also heightened by other questions, possibly from the Australian Border Force, about allegations that he misunderstood information on his travel permit form, saying he had not traveled anywhere else before heading to Down Under – despite images 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.
Catch the latest news and updates as Djokovic prepares for the Australian Open below.
Roger Federer’s advice to Novak Djokovic in the first round of the Australian Open
Novak Djokovic’s first-round opponent at the Australian Open, Miomir Kekmanovic, received some valuable advice from Roger Federer on his way to making it a pro.
The 22-year-old Serbian was the ‘Next Generation Reporter’ for the ATP Tour of the 2019 Miami Open and spoke with the former World No. 1 about the key to making it to the Tour.
“I’ve been on the tour almost longer than I’ve been alive, so do you have any tips I can use here?” Kikmanovich asked.
The current No. 16 player told him: “Enjoy yourself, you have enough time.” I think when you’re young you always think like ‘This has to happen tomorrow’.
“Just a blast there because I wish I was still your age and could do it again, so I’m a little sad because I’m at the end of my career. But I’m sure you’ll have a great career.”
Jack RathburnJanuary 13 2022 18:40
Novak Djokovic ‘playing by his own rules’ in Australian visa saga, says Stefanos Tsitsipas
The 2022 Australian Open seed insists Djokovic jeopardized the Grand Slam with his procedures to enter the country with a Covid-19 vaccination exemption, despite clearly defined rules and regulations for players from the ATP.
Djokovic is still waiting to see if the Australian government will push to have his visa revoked after admitting to providing misleading information about his whereabouts after testing positive for Covid last month.
Jack RathburnJan 13 2022 18:20
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 cancel the visa of the 20-time Grand Slam winner.
Pictures on social media showed the Serbian player in Belgrade over Christmas and training in Spain in the new year.
Jack RathburnJanuary 13, 2022 18:00
Novak Djokovic: The tennis star always strives to go his own way
“The only hero in the whole Novak Djokovic story is Rafael Nadal – and I think [we] “He should be listened to,” former vaccination minister Nadim Zahawi said on the radio on Sunday. “I encourage everyone to take a jab.”
He was asked about the case of the No. 1 tennis player’s potential deportation from Australia, as the Serbian was denied entry after landing in Melbourne last week to defend his Australian Open title. An earlier decision to grant a medical exemption to play has sparked outrage among those living in a country with some of the strictest Covid rules in the world. The hearing against deportation will take place on Monday at 10 a.m. local time (11 p.m. Sunday GMT).
Djokovic has not disclosed his vaccine status, but in April 2020, before Covid-19 vaccines were available, he said he was against vaccination before later clarifying his position by adding that he was “not an expert” and would remain “open-minded” – but wanted to have ‘A choice to choose what’s best for my body’ and ‘I don’t want to be forced’ to travel. His lawyers said he was granted a vaccination exemption to enter Australia after contracting Covid on December 16 (though Djokovic tweeted pictures on December 17 of him appearing without a mask at a party I live in Belgrade – it is unclear if he knew he had Covid when the pictures were being taken).
Jack RathburnJanuary 13 2022 17:40
Novak Djokovic: A Chronology of Australia’s Tennis Star Visa Epic
Novak Djokovic succeeded in his battle to have his Australian visa revoked in the Australian Federal Court, paving the way for him to defend the Australian Open at Melbourne Park.
However, the saga was not over, with a potential three-year ban from the country still hanging over Djokovic’s head due to the possibility of a discretionary call from the immigration minister to replace the home affairs minister who was included as part of the court case.
The saga became a major diplomatic incident with Australians angry that Djokovic, who had openly opposed vaccinations, was granted an exemption to enter the country.
Jack RathburnJanuary 13 2022 17:20
Novak Djokovic could face up to five years in prison if it is proven that he misled the court about the Covid test
Novak Djokovic could face five years in prison if it is proven that he lied about his positive test for the Covid virus to Australian authorities.
Djokovic said in an affidavit to the Federal Circuit Court that he was diagnosed with the coronavirus on December 16. “On December 16, 2021, I was tested and diagnosed with SARS-CoV-2 (Covid),” he said. The judge ultimately ruled that Djokovic should not have his visa revoked and he should be allowed to remain in Australia to play tennis.
Jack RathburnJanuary 13 2022, 17:00
Stefanos Tsitsipas: Novak Djokovic endangered the Australian Open
Stefanos Tsitsipas insists Novak Djokovic has jeopardized the Australian Open with his procedure to enter Australia with a Covid vaccination exemption.
The Greek player, ranked No. 4 in Melbourne, also claims he did not stick to the rules and made the other players who took the vaccine “look fools”.
The Greek said: “He was certainly playing by his own rules, and he did something that not many players have the courage to go and do. Especially after the ATP announced certain criteria for entering the country.
“No one thought I could come to Australia without getting vaccinated and not follow the protocols they gave me.
“It takes a lot of guts to do it, and jeopardize a Grand Slam. I don’t think a lot of guys can do that. I choose to go and be 100 per cent ready for whatever’s coming and don’t have to think about anything else.
“For me it worked somehow, for Novak another way, it doesn’t mean my method is right and Novak is wrong. It’s just everyone’s perception.
“There are two ways of looking at it. Players individually, the stats say 90 percent of the players have been vaccinated and done what they had to do to come and perform in Australia. One aspect of that is that we followed the protocols to compete in Australia and we were very disciplined in this. Section.
“The other meaning I’m going to say seems like not everyone is playing by the rules. A very small majority of that percentage chose to go their own way. It makes the majority look like they’re all idiots or something.”
Jack RathburnJanuary 13, 2022 16:45
Can the player Novak Djokovic be separated from the person?
After four nights of “torture, harassment and crucifixion” in a detention hotel, Novak Djokovic was brought back to life inside the Rod Laver Arena on Monday afternoon. In Melbourne’s central business district, his disciples’ celebrations the night before had floated through the air in the form of particles of tear gas. Ten thousand miles away in Belgrade, his parents hailed their son as the savior of free will at a triumphant press conference while Nigel Farage spoke in the background about cigarettes and the big state.
It was a dramatic culmination – at least for now – of a legal marathon that included all kinds of extremism and melodrama, from the hostility of Australian immigration policies to the conundrum of Djokovic’s medical exemption. So perhaps, after officials finally released World No. 1 in the Park Hotel on Monday, it was inevitable that he would rush to the place where he had always held supreme power. Djokovic stood on the court as he won nearly half of his Grand Slam titles, along with his coach, fitness coach and physiotherapist, grinning and confirming his determination to lift the Norman Brooks Cup for the 10th time this month.
Despite all the fanfare that greeted Judge Anthony Kelly’s ruling on Monday, Djokovic’s participation remains highly questionable. His legal victory was clouded by constant scrutiny of his alleged positive PCR test on December 16, after which he was photographed without a mask at several public events, and since then further suspicions have arisen about factual errors in his travel authorization form. Australia’s immigration minister, Alex Hawke, confirmed on Tuesday that he was still considering “comprehensively” whether he would use his discretionary powers to revoke Djokovic’s visa again.
Jack RathburnJanuary 13, 2022 16:30
Spain denies investigating Novak Djokovic over alleged Covid-19 violation
Novak Djokovic is not being investigated by the Spanish government over an alleged separate violation of the Covid rules due to his current difficulties with the Australian government.
Reports on Wednesday indicated that authorities were looking into a potential legal issue after it emerged that Djokovic entered the country days after testing positive for COVID on his way to Melbourne for the Australian Open.
Since September 20, citizens of Serbia are required to obtain a vaccination certificate or show a special exemption to enter Spanish territory.
Jack RathburnJanuary 13, 2022 16:15
The dispute over Novak Djokovic’s visa is the latest step in the path of contradictions
In the same vein of his absolute dominance in tennis, Novak Djokovic rarely left anything nuance. In the world of sports, he has been portrayed as either the unstoppable heir or the iconic cold warrior in his relentless pursuit of records. On matters of medical health, the second de facto court of the Grand Slam champion, his reputation as a conspirator or – at least in his eyes – was more of a martyr than himself.
And so with the drama and diplomacy still going on at Djokovic’s purgatory in Melbourne, with the Serb’s detention at the Park Hotel extended through Monday, it’s hard not to feel as if we’ve been headed toward an explosion like this for years. Djokovic’s life has always been founded on a stubborn self-belief, and he has achieved massive success and generated regular controversy, particularly during the pandemic. In the end, though, there had to be a flashpoint where the 34-year-old’s ideology collided with reality and she couldn’t win regardless.
Of course, there is still no absolute clarity on whether Djokovic will be given permission to compete in the Australian Open. After ten hours spent stagnating at Tullamarine Airport on Wednesday, he was taken to the so-called quarantine facility in Carlton before being washed up into the night by fans. His father, Srdjan, kept insisting that Djokovic was “the Spartacus of the New World” and that “like water and water pave his own path”. Delusions of grandeur seem to be hereditary, but few doubt Djokovic’s conviction to get his own way.
Jack RathburnJan 13 2022 15:59
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