Martina Navratilova tells Djokovic to ‘suck it up’ and ‘go home’
Novak Djokovic filed another appeal after Australian Immigration Minister Alex Hawke canceled his visa on Friday. The men’s No. 1 jersey, who is not immune but has demanded an exemption from Australia’s strict rules on vaccinating visitors against Covid-19 because he has already had a bout of illness, faces a race against time to get his visa back with his first game of the Australian Open scheduled for Monday night.
On Friday, Hook announced that he had canceled Djokovic’s visa “for reasons of health and good order”. Djokovic’s legal team immediately fought back against the decision and the case will now go to federal court over the weekend, with Djokovic’s lawyers pushing hard for a final decision on Sunday before he begins his bid to win a historic 21st Grand Slam title. The 34-year-old Serb was summoned to a meeting with border authorities on Saturday morning, and can then be detained in a government hotel while the case is being considered.
Pressure escalated throughout the week after Djokovic broke his silence over a number of accusations of breaching Covid protocol on Wednesday, admitting he broke isolation and gave an interview to French newspaper L’Equipe despite knowing he had the virus. Such a violation can result in up to five years in prison if it is proven that he lied about his positive test.
Follow the latest news below as Djokovic battles deportation once again.
There were many reactions to the revocation of his visa for Djokovic. He has his detractors and supporters among tennis fans but they weren’t the only ones who commented.
Politicians and journalists were throwing their opinions into the discussion, especially with the world not. 1 scheduled to play at the Australian Open on Monday.
Here’s how the world reacted:
Sarah RendellJan 14 2022 17:40
Djokovic’s positive test is absolutely correct
A Serbian Ministry of Health official said on Friday that the document showing that Novak Djokovic tested positive for Covid on December 16 is valid.
“After the documentation appeared on social networks, we analyzed the document, and the document is completely valid,” said Zoran Gojkovic, a member of the crisis management team working to combat Covid-19 in the country.
He said that there is no legal penalty for anyone who violates quarantine rules in Serbia, referring to Djokovic’s interview with the French newspaper L’Equipe.
“I’m defending his free will by not vaccinating,” Gojkovic said.
Ben BurroughsJan 14 2022 17:28
Why is Djokovic opposed to the vaccine?
Djokovic has made some controversial statements about vaccines over the past few years and admitted he did not have a Covid vaccine when he entered Australia.
Our reporter Tom Kershaw wrote about how and what Djokovic expressed his beliefs.
He wrote: “He insists on finding ‘essential ways to survive’ by utilizing the strength of his body, whether it is when battling a virus or an infection, without having to resort to outside intervention.
At times, this belief triggered comic moments, such as when Djokovic teamed up with Pepe Emaze, a spiritual guide and coach, whose techniques included the power of very long hugs. At about the same time, Djokovic began extolling the virtues of telekinesis and telepathy and noted “gifts of rank Higher, Source, Deity, whatever, who allows us to comprehend the Higher Power and the Higher Order in ourselves.”
Sarah RendellJan 14 2022 17:20
Talking Points: Is it all about Djokovic?
Djokovic is the main talking point at this year’s Australian Open, will the defending champion have a chance to compete or will he be relegated? This is a matter for the courts as it is believed the decision will come on Sunday after a hearing.
But this is not the only mode being played out before the first slam of the year.
US Open champion Emma Raducano will be playing in her first tournament since then and will look to continue her success on the world stage. Meanwhile, Andy Murray got a wildcard for the event and had a successful start to his time in Australia.
He reached the ATP Final for the first time in three years, so he’s one to watch for that event.
There are many things to consider before the open match starts on Monday, read the talking points:
Sarah RendellJanuary 14 2022, 17:00
Murray: Djokovic’s situation isn’t good for anyone
Andy Murray’s time in Australia has been fantastic so far and it added to his successful start as he defeated Riley Opelka 6-7, 6-4, 6-4 on Monday.
In the post-match press, the Scottish star reiterated his view that visa status is not good for anyone.
“It’s not a good situation. I’m not going to sit here and start kicking Novak down,” Murray said. “I mean, I said it days ago, it’s not a good situation for anyone.
“It’s a pity that it ended in such a situation, and who knows? I don’t know what the process is from now. I don’t know what path he will take, if he can resume that and how long it will take, and can he keep practicing while this process is going on or Competition in the tournament?
“I just want it to be clearly resolved. I think it can be beneficial for everyone if that’s the case. It feels like it’s been on for a long time now and it’s not great for tennis, not great for the Australian Open, not great for Novak.
Apparently a lot of people criticized the government here as well. It wasn’t good.”
Sarah RendellJan 14 2022 16:40
What happened so far?
Djokovic’s visa was revoked for the second time just ten days after his arrival in Australia.
The first cancellation saw Djokovic win an appeal. But Immigration Minister Alex Hawke canceled it again “for reasons of health and good order” and Prime Minister Scott Morrison welcomed it.
Djokovic’s representatives filed an injunction to prevent his deportation, and Judge Kelly ruled that the government could not take any action to remove Djokovic until the proceedings were completed.
Those proceedings will now take place in the Australian Federal Court on Sunday, just a day before the Australian Open. Here is a timeline of what happened so far:
Sarah RendellJan 14 2022 16:20
Courts consider Australian Open schedule
Djokovic’s case was heard at a directive hearing earlier today and the player’s lawyers have called for the proceedings to be expedited in order to take place in time for the Australian Open.
These were granted with Djokovic’s side filing an injunction on Friday instead of on Saturday as Judge Kelly first suggested.
But journalist Ben Rothenberg questioned whether the courts should take the timing of the Australian Open in this case. Djokovic will be happy with the faster measures as he wants to compete in the event on Monday.
But with the case moving to the Australian Federal Court, the case will likely be delayed.
Sarah RendellJanuary 14 2022, 16:00
What will happen in the next few hours?
After today’s hearing, we know the star will be arrested over the weekend and the hearing will resume on Sunday.
We also know he has another interview with immigration issues Saturday morning at 8 a.m. EST.
But what happens in those events, and what could the consequences be? Here’s a look at what awaits the world does. 1:
Sarah RendellJan 14 2022 15:48
Clarification on Saturday with a session
Saturday’s hearing at 10.15AM ET will be a hearing for guidance like the one held earlier today.
This time around, the Australian Federal Court will hear before another hearing on Sunday which it believed would rule on the case.
That would give Djokovic just 24 hours to prepare for his opening match at the Australian Open, if he wins the case.
Sarah RendellJan 14 2022 15:42
Serbia responds to Djokovic’s visa cancellation
Nemanja Starovic, a senior Serbian foreign ministry official, said Djokovic was being “treated as a criminal” in Australia.
Djokovic’s visa has been revoked for a second time with the case now being taken to the Australian Federal Court.
“We have seen other tennis players who did not respect their mandatory isolation but did not receive the same treatment as Novak,” Starovic told the BBC.
He added that Serbia was asking Australia not to hold Djokovic in a detention center again despite the agreement between the two parties at a hearing earlier today.
He said: It’s not worth it. He is not an illegal immigrant. Relations between our two countries have always been cordial and public opinion about Australia has always been strong here in Serbia.
“Unfortunately, he was treated like a criminal, so it is likely that this will damage the relations between the two countries.”
Sarah RendellJan 14 2022 15:32