Tennis star Novak Djokovic is back on the tennis courts in Melbourne
Novak Djokovic is finally preparing for the Australian Open, after days of uncertainty about what he was allowed to enter the country – and there are still suggestions he has more questions to answer. Despite winning the appeal to accept his visa application, Immigration Minister Alex Hawke is still considering the possibility of “a personal power of revocation”, a move that could still last several days.
The men’s world number one has also now admitted that he broke isolation and conducted an interview with French newspaper L’Equipe after he knew he was positive for the virus, while it also emerged that If he lied, he could face up to five years in prison. his positive test.
Despite photos emerging of his training in Spain just before the new year, he will face further questions, possibly from the Australian Border Force, over claims of misinformation on his travel manifesto, which he said refused to go Down Under. Haven’t traveled anywhere else before. 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.
Australian TV reporter going viral for Djokovic
A leaked video from 7News Melbourne shows two reporters discussing the world number 1 before their show – a far cry from complimentary terms.
Rebecca Madern and Mike Amor’s comments were caught on microphones and on camera as they sat behind the newsdesk, a large image of Djokovic on a screen behind them.
“The way you look at it, Novak Djokovic is a liar, a coward, a s*** hole,” Maddern can be heard saying. He said, “Any way you look at it… it’s unfortunate that everyone is standing around him. To go out when you know you’re COVID-positive… well, I don’t think so.” He was also Covid-positive.”
“Just, he’s a s**hole. He got a shit*tf*****g excuse and then fell on his own f*****g lie. That’s what just happens, well, that’s what happened, ‘ replied Amor.
Jamie Bradwood12 January 2022 20:26
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.”
Jamie Bradwood12 January 2022 19:57
Djokovic to be included in Australian Open draw
Novak Djokovic is set to learn his first-round opponent as the Australian Open draws on Thursday.
This could increase pressure on the Australian government to make its decision ahead of the draw, which is to take place at 3 pm local time (4 a.m. GMT).
Nine-time Australian Open champion Djokovic has been seeded number one in the men’s draw.
Although the chances are slim, Djokovic could attract Andy Murray, an unseeded player, after receiving a wildcard for the tournament.
Jamie Bradwood12 January 2022 19:37
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.
Jamie Bradwood12 January 2022 19:14
When will Australia’s immigration minister decide Novak Djokovic’s fate?
Serbians are awaiting a decision by Australian Immigration Minister Alex Hawke on whether to revoke the visa of the 20-time Grand Slam winner.
It was reported that a decision on Djokovic’s visa was due on Wednesday 12 January, but that day came and went without a decision.
That means Hawke will almost certainly decide on Thursday January 13th or Friday January 14th. Djokovic is the top seed ahead of Thursday’s men’s draw.
Jamie Bradwood12 January 2022 18:48
Djokovic’s interview ‘deeply concerning’
Novak Djokovic has been criticized by the International Tennis Writers’ Association after he admitted to taking part in an interview with French newspaper L’Equipe while testing positive for COVID-19.
Djokovic acknowledged in a statement earlier today. The world number 1 tested positive for COVID on 16 December, but still went ahead with the interview on 18 December and did not inform the journalist.
The International Tennis Writers’ Association said in a statement, “The news that Novak Djokovic did not tell one of our members – and the rest of the L’Equipe team on the day – that he had tested positive for COVID-19 is deeply is related.” ,
“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 all journalists traveling to Melbourne for this year’s Australian Open must be fully vaccinated.
Jamie Bradwood12 January 2022 18:23
Murray: Djokovic still has questions to answer
Novak Djokovic still has questions to answer on Australian visa dispute, says Andy Murray
Andy Murray has said Novak Djokovic still has questions to answer over his controversial entry to Australia, while the world number 1 has appealed against being deported from the country.
Djokovic is set to defend his Australian Open title after a court hearing ordered the cancellation of his visa after an investigation into his medical exemption for the Covid vaccine.
Djokovic has yet to address claims that he attended a public event last month after returning a positive PCR result and the player’s family abruptly called off a press conference when asked if he had committed suicide on Monday. – The rules of isolation have been broken.
And while Murray, a longtime friend and rival of Djokovic, welcomed the court hearing and the outcome of his release, the former British No. 1 said he would have to address those remaining questions before the start of the tournament on 17 January. .
“It is positive that he is no longer in custody,” Murray said.
“Obviously if he wins in court, it’s a positive thing for him,” he said. Hopefully he will be able to focus on tennis now.
“I think there are still some questions that have to be answered around isolation and stuff, which I’m sure we’ll hear from them over the next few days.”
Lawrence Ostlere12 January 2022 18:01
Djokovic doesn’t have ‘right’ to stay in Australia
Speaking to Hungarian outlet M4Sport, Maarten Fuskovics said: “People’s health is paramount, and there are rules that were outlined months ago, namely that everyone must vaccinate themselves – and Djokovic did not.
“From this point of view, I don’t think he would have the right to be here.”
The Hungarian world number 38, who lost to Djokovic in the Wimbledon quarterfinals last year and the Paris Masters in November, also said he was not alone in thinking that Djokovic could play in the village slam despite not being vaccinated.
Lawrence Ostlere12 January 2022 17:36
Kyrgios ‘ashamed’ of being Australian
Nick Kyrgios ‘ashamed’ to become Australian athlete after Novak Djokovic visa debacle
The controversial Australian player is currently in isolation after testing positive for Covid, which forced him to pull out of the Sydney Tennis Classic.
And Kyrgios hit out at the media over the controversy over Djokovic’s visa and vaccination waivers, while admitting he was “embarrassed” by the whole affair.
“We know the media likes to create a storm with my story and everything that happens to Novak,” Kyrgios said. “I feel quite embarrassed as an Australian athlete.” Who has seen what this man has done for us and for the sport.
“I don’t think that’s exactly how we’re handling it, but that’s what the media likes to do, likes to divide.”
Lawrence Ostlere12 January 2022 17:19
Djokovic gets number one seed in Melbourne
But the 34-year-old has been seeded ahead of Thursday’s Australian Open main draw. The tournament starts on Monday 17 January.
Daniil Medvedev, Alexander Zverev, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Andrey Rublev round out the men’s top five.
Women’s top-seeded Australian Ash Barty remains No. 1 with Aryna Sabalenka, Garbine Muguruza, Barbora Krejcikova and Maria Sakkari in the top five.
Lawrence Ostlere12 January 2022 17:01