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Novak Djokovic’s situation explained: why the 20-time Grand Slam champion is being detained in Australia

World No. 1 male tennis player Novak Djokovic remains under the supervision of the Australian Border Force (ABF) till Friday while he awaits a decision on his visa. The 20-time Grand Slam winner attempted to enter Australia for the Australian Open with a COVID-19 vaccine medical exemption. But a court is deciding whether the tournament exemption applies to the country as well.

Since 2020, Djokovic has repeatedly refused to disclose his vaccination status and once said that he was “opposite” of the vaccination altogether. The Australian Open established a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for all players on 19 November, and Djokovic announced he had received a medical exemption to compete in the event on 4 January.

But after flying into Melbourne airport on January 5, the ABF detained Djokovic and is now threatening deportation to his native Serbia.

His case is currently pending till the court’s adjournment on Monday. Djokovic is expected to remain in Australia for the Open, which begins in Melbourne on January 17, for a record 21st Grand Slam victory.

Here’s everything you need to know about his condition, starting with the latest news:

January 6, 2022: Djokovic stays in quarantine hotel amid legal battle

In an effort to delay his deportation from Australia, Djokovic applied for judicial review of the country’s decision to revoke his visa. Federal Circuit Court Judge Anthony Kelly said he has yet to receive an application for a review of Djokovic’s visa, meaning Djokovic could be deported at the earliest – when the case returns to court.

According to ESPN, Djokovic’s barrister Nick Wood requested the government not to deport Djokovic until his case was fully decided. The judge opposed that idea, saying that Djokovic could in principle file “a wider range of appeals” as long as he wanted to remain in Australia.

The issue with Djokovic’s visa appears to be the specifics of his COVID-19 vaccine medical exemption. Djokovic said he was exempted from participating in the Australian Open, but Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison argues that he did not receive an exemption to enter the country.

While Djokovic waits, he is staying at the Park Hotel Melbourne. The hotel, where the ABF usually keeps detainees, has reportedly faced several fires and a significant COVID-19 outbreak. According to Australia’s SBS World News, detainees at the Park Hotel Melbourne were also served food with maggots and mold.

January 5, 2022: Australia denies Djokovic’s entry into the country

A day after Djokovic announced that he would play at the Australian Open, the country canceled the 34-year-old’s visa and denied his entry. According to The Age, Djokovic’s visa did not approve the COVID-19 vaccine medical exemption, forcing him to spend eight hours in ABF custody at Melbourne airport.

Novak Djokovic’s father, Sridan Djokovic, told Serbian media that his son was being held “captive” and rallied people to “gather on the street” if he was not released within 30 minutes. Meanwhile, Morrison saw the situation quite differently.

Morrison tweeted, “Rules are the rules, especially when it comes to our boundaries. No one is above these rules.” “While our strong border policies have been critical for Australia, which has one of the lowest death rates in the world from COVID, we continue to remain vigilant.”

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic also put himself in position, personally calling Djokovic and demanding his immediate release.

Vucic posted on Instagram, “I told my Novak that the whole of Serbia is with him and our body is doing everything we can to see that the harassment of the best tennis player in the world ends immediately.” “Serbia Novak, in accordance with all norms of international law, will fight for truth and justice. Novak is strong, as we all know.”

January 4, 2022: Australian Open grants medical exemption to Djokovic

Djokovic revealed that the Australian Open had given him a medical exemption, clearing the way for him to participate in Melbourne. The nine-time Open winner announced the news via Twitter.

Less than an hour later, a Victorian government spokesman Explained State decision. Djokovic – like other players seeking to avoid the COVID-19 vaccine through medical exemptions – had to go through a two-stage process to meet the criteria. The first phase was submitting an application to Tennis Australia, and the second was reviewing it by the Independent Medical Exemption Review Panel (IMRP).

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To qualify for the medical exemption, players must be suffering from a serious medical condition or have contracted COVID-19 within the past six months for other reasons. Djokovic does not have a known acute medical condition, and he last reported testing positive for COVID-19 in June 2020 – the last six months.

December 29, 2021: Djokovic pulls out of ATP Cup in Australia

With the Australian Open 19 days away, Djokovic withdrew from another tournament Down Under. Djokovic crashed out of the ATP Cup in Sydney three days before his debut, forcing Serbia to give up its roster spot in the 16-nation team event to Dusan Lajovic.

The ATP Cup, unlike the Australian Open, did not establish a vaccination mandate for players. However, some saw Djokovic’s ATP Cup return as a harbinger of an eventual absence from the Australian Open.

A few days ago, Australian Open director Craig Tilly strongly suggested that Djokovic would not receive special treatment regarding the tournament’s vaccine policy.

According to The Guardian, Tilly said, “If Novak shows up at the Australian Open, he will either be vaccinated or he will get a medical exemption.”

November 29, 2021: Novak “probably not” will play Australian Open, says Djokovic’s father

Srijan Djokovic has expressed serious doubts over his son’s participation in the 2022 Australian Open. In an interview with Serb TV, Srijan Djokovic explained why the tournament’s vaccine policy would prevent Novak from defending his title.

“Under these blackmail and conditions, he probably wouldn’t [play], I will not do that. And he’s my son, so you decide for yourself,” Mrjan Djokovic told BBC Sport. “… As far as vaccines and non-vaccines are concerned, it is each of us’s individual right Will we be vaccinated? Or not… no one has the right to enter into our intimacy.”

Adhering to his intimacy policy, Srijan Djokovic said he did not know the status of his son’s vaccinations and would not tell the public if he did.

November 19, 2021: Australian Open announces that players should be vaccinated against COVID-19

The Australian Open announced that all players must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to participate in the 2022 event. This was the first time that mandatory players for a Grand Slam tournament were vaccinated for play.

Initially, federal officials indicated that unaffiliated players such as Djokovic could compete at the Australian Open if they stayed in Melbourne for 14 days. But Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews demanded that every player be vaccinated, as will all fans and staff.

According to The New York Times, Australian Open director Craig Tilly said, “It’s a direction you can take that you can ensure everyone’s safety, and all sports groups understand that.” “Our patrons will need vaccinations. All staff working at the Australian Open will need vaccinations, but when we are in a state where more than 90 per cent of the population is fully vaccinated – they have done a fantastic job. That – it’s the right thing to do.”

The policy did not affect most, as ATP president Andrea Gaudenzi said that “more than 80 percent” of the top 100 men’s singles players were vaccinated in November. It will certainly impress Djokovic though.

October 1, 2021: Victoria mandates vaccine for professional athletes

In an effort to slow the spread of the delta version of COVID-19, the Australian state of Victoria – the host city of the Australian Open – established a vaccination mandate for 1.25 million authorized workers. The mandate required workers to receive their first dose by 15 October and the second by 26 November or be deported from their workplace.

Professional athletes were among the imperatives who cast doubt on Djokovic’s participation in the Australian Open. Djokovic has repeatedly declined to say whether he has been vaccinated, and having a mandate like Victoria being jab appears to be his main objection.

“My issue with vaccines is if someone is forcing me to put something in my body,” Djokovic told The New York Times last June. “What I don’t want. That’s unacceptable to me.”

Djokovic also said he was “opposed to vaccination” during an April 2020 Facebook Live chat, and accused the media of “spreading fear and panic” with vaccine talk.

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