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Novak Djokovic News LIVE: World No. 1 awaiting new decision on visa

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

Novak Djokovic now has an opponent to prepare for the first round of the Australian Open, despite a decision still up in the air on his visa just days before the tournament begins. But now the Serbian player can be expected to take on compatriots next week, despite a delay in the draw suggesting that a decision on his visa from Immigration Minister Alex Hawke was imminent.

Hawke is still considering the possibility of “a personal power of repeal”, a move that could still drag on for several days. The men’s world number one broke his silence on Wednesday over multiple allegations of breaching Covid protocol, and admitted he broke isolation and conducted an interview with French newspaper L’Equipe, despite learning that He was positive for the virus, a crime that could face up to five years in prison if it is proved that he lied about his positive test.

Djokovic’s problems are compounded, possibly with further questions from the Australian Border Force, over the claim that he misunderstood information on his travel declaration, saying he had not traveled anywhere else before going Down Under. It was – just before the new year despite photos emerging of his training in Spain. Andy Murray has admitted that after the separation controversy, Djokovic is likely to answer questions publicly as well, but hopes the Serbian can now focus on tennis.

Follow all the latest news and updates as Djokovic prepares for the Australian Open below.


NewsCorp Poll: 83 percent in favor of deporting Novak Djokovic from Australia

An overwhelming 83 percent of respondents a newscorp survey Several Australian news sites believe that the federal government should try to deport Novak Djokovic.

Around 60,000 people answered the poll just days before the start of the Australian Open 2022.

Djokovic has admitted to breaking COVID protocol after testing positive and has continued to train in Melbourne after successfully appealing against the cancellation of his visa and vaccination waiver.

Jack Rathborne13 Jan 2022 10:49


Novak Djokovic’s decision not to describe L’Equipe’s positive Covid test as ‘deeply concerning’

A statement from International Tennis Writers Association (ITWA) co-presidents Simon Cambers and Isabel Musi said: “The news that Novak Djokovic told one of our members – and not the rest of the L’Equipe team that day – that he had Had tested positive for -19, it is very worrying.

“As journalists, we all take great care to follow the COVID-19 rules and we would expect all players to do the same.

“In addition, it should be noted that journalists traveling to Melbourne for this year’s Australian Open are to be fully vaccinated.”

Jack Rathborne13 January 2022 10:22


Andy Murray leads again in Australian Open practice

The last time Scott scored a hat-trick of victories at tour level was the European Open in Antwerp in October 2019, when he emotionally won what remains his only title since his hip problem began two years ago.

But there have been positive signs over the past six months, notably that Murray has been able to play and train consistently, and he won the opening set 6-2 against former top-10 star Goffin to clinch a marathon victory over Nikoloz Basilashvili. ,

Jack Rathborne13 January 2022 10:05


Who is Miomir Kekmanovic? Novak Djokovic’s first round opponent at the Australian Open

Novak Djokovic will take on compatriot Miomir Kekmanovic in the first round of the 2022 Australian Open.

The 22-year-old grew up idolizing the 20-time Grand Slam winner and is all set to face the great Serb, although he could face a fateful defeat if the Australian government gets his visa before the tournament begins. cancels.

The pair have only fought once before, a surprising victory for Djokovic.

It came on clay in Belgrade the previous year, although Djokovic pulled out of the tournament with a 6–1, 6–3 victory to reach the semi-finals of the Serbia Open against Aslan Karatsev, who came non-stop in the final. Were. Matteo Berrettini.

World number 78 Kekmanovic has earned just over $2.5 million in his career, while Djokovic has raked in nearly $155 million in prize money alone.

Kekmanovic, who has a peak ranking of number 38, has a title to his name at the 2020 Kitzbühel in Austria, beating German qualifier Yannick Hanfmann in the final. While Djokovic is approaching a century and is currently on 86 runs.

Jack Rathborne13 January 2022 09:31


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

The tennis world No 1 had caused massive controversy after arriving in Melbourne for the Australian Open without sufficient evidence, before being detained at a quarantine hotel.

She has since won a court battle over the issue and is expected to play in the tournament later this month, but Navratilova says she cannot support his decision.

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

Jack Rathborne13 January 2022 09:15


Djokovic shares opinion in Parliament

While Immigration Minister Alex Hawke decides Djokovic’s fate, his colleagues in the Australian Parliament are asked whether to give the nine-time Australian Open a chance to defend his title…

Lawrence Ostlere13 January 2022 08:56


Djokovic’s decision may come today

With the first major of the year starting on Monday 17 January, time is tight for officials to determine whether Djokovic is allowed to play. He has been granted medical exemption in the tournament as a non-vaccinated player on the basis of a positive COVID test on 16 December, although the validity of that result has also been questioned.

It was reported that a decision was due on Djokovic’s visa tomorrow, Wednesday 12 January, but that day came and went without a decision. This means that Hawk will almost certainly decide whether today or tomorrow.

Djokovic ready to listen to his fate before tournament starts


Lawrence Ostlere13 January 2022 08:38


Djokovic’s father announces: ‘Case closed’

While Novak Djokovic’s Australian Open future is still in limbo, his father believes it is already a closed affair.

In his latest comments to Serbian media, Srijan Djokovic declared: “The whole situation regarding Novak Djokovic is closed by the decision of the Australian court.

“An Australian court and an independent judge, after seven hours of checking all the facts, determined that there is no ambiguity and that Nowak is free to enter Australia and do his job.”

Djokovic is still awaiting a decision by the Australian immigration minister, who may exercise personal power to revoke Djokovic’s visa.

Jack Rathborne13 January 2022 08:30


Djokovic will play ‘even better’ against the crowd

Former player Andrew Castle says Novak Djokovic is “stubborn” and will play “even better” with the crowd against him at the Australian Open.

Djokovic won an appeal to stay in Australia on Monday after his visa was canceled due to insufficient evidence for his medical exemption. However, he could still be deported if Australia’s Immigration Minister Alex Hawke decides to cancel the visa in the coming days.

The situation predicts the crowd will turn against him as he goes for a record 21st Grand Slam, but Castle believes Djokovic will thrive in that environment.

“He’s such a stubborn and hardworking guy on the court, if he gets this leeway and if the Australian government doesn’t take the court off, I’d say he’s going to go and play it,” he told Sky.

“If he can get through rounds two, three, four, and play his place in the tournament – ​​we know how good he is – I would be surprised to see him once again in the second week of this Grand Slam. Won’t be, because he’s so stubborn and so nice.

“When the time is up, and the bell rings, he’ll be ready to compete. Sometimes Novak can be even better when everyone is up against him than when everyone else is there for him.”

Jack Rathborne13 January 2022 08:20


Djokovic’s saga harmful to all: ATP

According to the men’s professional tennis tour, the controversy surrounding Novak Djokovic’s entry into Australia has been “damaging on all fronts”.

The 34-year-old is still awaiting a decision by Australian Immigration Minister Alex Hawke, who is considering whether to revoke his visa despite Djokovic’s victory in court.

The decision to grant Djokovic, who is vaccinated, a medical exemption for the tournament, caused controversy in Australia, which has seen some of the world’s strictest lockdowns and vaccination rules during the pandemic.

“The ATP fully respects the sacrifices that Australians have made since the onset of COVID-19 and implemented stringent immigration policies,” the organization said.

“In a visit to Melbourne, it is clear that Novak Djokovic believed he was granted a necessary medical waiver to comply with the entry rules.

“The chain of events leading up to Monday’s court hearing has been damaging on all fronts, including Novak’s well-being and preparation for the Australian Open.”

Jack Rathborne13 January 2022 08:10

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