Tennis star Novak Djokovic was back on the Melbourne tennis court
Novak Djokovic now has an opponent to prepare for the Australian Open first round, despite a visa decision still pending a few days before the tournament begins. But the Serbian can reasonably be expected to face his compatriot next week despite a draw delay suggesting that a decision on his visa from Immigration Minister Alex Hawke was imminent.
Hawke is still pondering the possibility of “personal rescinding”, a decision that could drag on for days on end. The world number one male broke his silence on a number of charges of violating the Covid protocol on Wednesday, and he admitted to breaking isolation and conducted an interview with French newspaper L’Equipe despite knowing he was positive for the virus, such transgression could result in up to five years in prison if it is proven that he lied about his positive test.
Djokovic’s problems also continue, with other questions, possibly from Australian border forces, over allegations that he misinterpreted the information on his travel declaration form, claiming he did not hadn’t traveled anywhere else before heading to Down Under – despite photos of him training in Spain. just before the new year. Andy Murray has acknowledged that Djokovic is also expected to answer questions in public after the isolation controversy, but is hopeful the Serbian can now focus on tennis again.
Follow all the latest news and updates as Djokovic prepares for the Australian Open below.
Djokovic to play “even better” against the crowd
Former player Andrew Castle has said Novak Djokovic is “stubborn” and having the crowd against him at the Australian Open will make him play “even better”.
Djokovic won his appeal to stay in Australia on Monday after seeing his visa canceled for not having sufficient evidence of his medical exemption. However, he could still be deported if Australia’s Immigration Minister Alex Hawke decides to cancel the visa again in the coming days.
The situation has predicted many that the crowds will be against him as he aims for a 21st Grand Slam record, but Castle believes Djokovic will thrive in this environment.
“He’s such a stubborn and hardworking guy, if he gets that exemption and if the Australian government doesn’t replace the court, I would say he is going to play and play,” he told Sky .
“If he can go two, three, four rounds and work his way into the tournament – we know how good he is – I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see him enter week two of this big one again. slam, because he’s so stubborn and so good.
“When it is time and the bell rings, he will be ready to compete. Sometimes Novak can be even better when everyone is against him than when everyone is for him.
Jack rathbornJanuary 13, 2022, 8:20 AM
The Djokovic saga damaging to everyone, according to ATP
The controversy surrounding Novak Djokovic’s entry to Australia has been “damaging on all fronts”, according to the men’s professional tennis tour.
The 34-year-old is still awaiting a verdict from Australian Immigration Minister Alex Hawke, who is considering canceling his visa despite Djokovic’s victory in court.
The decision to grant Djokovic, who is not vaccinated, a medical exemption for the tournament has sparked controversy in Australia, which has seen some of the world’s toughest lockdowns and vaccination rules during the pandemic.
“ATP fully respects the sacrifices made by the Australian people since the onset of Covid-19 and the strict immigration policies that have been put in place,” the organization said.
“Traveling to Melbourne, it is clear that Novak Djokovic believed he had obtained a necessary medical exemption in order to comply with the entry rules.
“The series of events leading up to Monday’s hearing have been damaging on all fronts, including Novak’s well-being and his preparation for the Australian Open.”
Jack rathbornJanuary 13, 2022 8:10 AM
Serbian faces five years in prison if he misled court about Covid test
Novak Djokovic could face five years in prison if he lied about his positive Covid test to Australian authorities.
Djokovic said in an affidavit to the Federal Circuit Court that he was diagnosed with 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 should be allowed to stay in Australia to play tennis.
The penalty for misleading information in court is a custodial sentence of up to five years.
Djokovic was pictured training on Wednesday ahead of the tournament, which begins Monday, January 17. He is expected to receive a ‘hostile’ reception from the crowds and some of his colleagues in the locker room over the next fortnight as the 34-year-old pursues a men’s record 21st Grand Slam title and a 10th in Melbourne.
Jack rathbornJanuary 13, 2022 8:00 AM
Novak Djokovic admits attending interview with journalist when Covid tests positive
As a reminder of the news of the day, Novak Djokovic admitted to having committed an “error in judgment” by attending an interview with a French journalist when Covid was positive.
In a lengthy social media statement, he denounced “misinformation” regarding his entry into Australia and his travel documents. The world number one said “human error” was behind an error on his Australian entry documents that violates the country’s strict laws on reporting recent travel.
“It was human error and certainly not deliberate,” Djokovic said in an Instagram post. “We are living through difficult times in a global pandemic and sometimes these mistakes can happen. “
The statement came as Australia’s Immigration Minister Alex Hawke was considering revoking the visa for the world’s No.1 tennis player ahead of the Australian Open, which begins on January 17.
Giving false or misleading information in the form is an offense, punishable by up to 12 months in prison and a fine as well as cancellation of the offender’s visa.
Jack rathbornJanuary 13, 2022, 7:55 AM
Novak Djokovic learns his opponent in the first round and heads to the final of the Australian Open
Novak Djokovic was fired against fellow Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic as uncertainty persisted over whether he would be allowed to compete in the Australian Open.
It has emerged that a decision by Immigration Minister Alex Hawke could be imminent when the draw was postponed from 3 p.m. (4 a.m. in the UK) at the last minute and without explanation.
But it was then announced that it would take place 75 minutes later, with Hawke not due to make his decision until Friday.
Djokovic, who is looking to win a record 10th Australian Open and 21st Grand Slam title, duly took his place at the top of the table.
If he is forced to leave the tournament before Monday’s order of play is announced, the seeds will be shuffled, with fifth seed Andrey Rublev taking Djokovic’s place.
If it happens after this time but before the first round match, he will be replaced by a lucky loser in qualifying.
Jack rathbornJanuary 13, 2022 7:52 AM