Novak Djokovic: Andy Murray says rival’s Australian visa saga is ‘not good’ for tennis | Tennis News

Djokovic is held in solitary confinement in Melbourne pending the outcome of the appeal against the decision of the Australian Border Force (ABF) to cancel his entry visa and deport him; the hearing is expected to go on Monday after an Australian government appeal to delay it was dismissed

Last updated: 01/09/22 11:47


Andy Murray (right) spoke about Novak Djokovic’s situation

Andy Murray expressed concern about Novak Djokovic, but warned that his longtime rival’s ongoing Australian visa saga “isn’t really good for tennis”.

Djokovic is awaiting the outcome of his appeal – which will be heard on Monday – against Australia’s decision to cancel his visa and expel him ahead of the Australian Open later this month.

The world number 1 has been detained in an immigration facility in Melbourne since Thursday morning after his visa was canceled following the medical exemption examination he secured to travel to the first tennis major in the world. year.

Details of the appeal filed by Djokovic’s lawyers say the 34-year-old’s exemption depended on a positive Covid-19 test in December

Australian government request to delay Djokovic's appeal against deportation was denied, meaning court case will go ahead on Monday.

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Australian government request to delay Djokovic’s appeal against deportation was denied, meaning court case will go ahead on Monday.

Australian government request to delay Djokovic’s appeal against deportation was denied, meaning court case will go ahead on Monday.

“I think everyone is shocked to be honest,” said Murray, who is in Australia preparing for the tournament.

“I’m going to say two things right now. The first thing is that I hope Novak is well. I know him well and have always had a good relationship with him and I hope he is well.

“The second thing, it’s not good for tennis at all, and I don’t think it’s good for anyone involved. I think it’s really bad.”

Murray says everyone stayed

Murray says everyone was “shocked” by the Djokovic saga

According to his legal team, Djokovic – who hopes to win his 21st Grand Slam title – was provided with a letter from Tennis Australia’s chief medical officer registering a medical exemption from Covid vaccination.

The exemption certificate is alleged to have been “provided by an independent expert medical review panel commissioned by Tennis Australia” and “that panel’s decision had been reviewed and approved by an independent state government medical exemption review panel. Victoria “.

Djokovic’s lawyers added that he was granted a “travel declaration to Australia” because the authorities had told him. [he met] the requirements for an un-quarantined arrival in Australia “.

A vocal opponent of vaccine mandates, Djokovic refused to disclose his vaccination status or reason for seeking medical exemption from Australian vaccine rules.

On Sunday, the Australian government was dismissed on appeal to postpone the hearing until Wednesday.

Judge Anthony Kelly rejected Interior Minister Karen Andrews’ request to delay the hearing. However, the judge left the government the option to submit another referral request on Monday.

Melbourne audiences have a say in whether Djokovic is being treated fairly or unfairly

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Melbourne audiences have a say in whether Djokovic is being treated fairly or unfairly

Melbourne audiences have a say in whether Djokovic is being treated fairly or unfairly

Djokovic’s lawyers will have up to two hours to present their case from 10:00 on Monday (23:00 GMT on Sunday), while the government department will have two hours to present their defense from 15:00 (04:00 GMT), established the federal circuit and the family court.

An internal affairs spokesman was not immediately available to comment on his legal defense.

The Melbourne drama rocked world tennis, caused tensions between Serbia and Australia, and became a focus for opponents of vaccine mandates around the world.

Writing on Instagram on Friday, Djokovic thanked his fans for their support. He said: “Thank you to people all over the world for your continued support. I feel that and it is greatly appreciated. Thank you to my family, Serbia and all the good people around the world who are sending me support. Thank God dear for health.”

Novak Djokovic – Sequence of events

January 4 – Djokovic announces he will travel to Australia with a “permit of exemption”.
January 5 – While Djokovic is in flight, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison says the athlete will be on the “next plane home” if he is unable to provide “acceptable evidence” that his exemption is legitimate.
Acting Sports Minister Jaala Pulford points out that the local government of Victoria, where the Australian Open is held, will not support Djokovic’s visa application.
The number 1 in the world arrives at Melbourne Airport around 11:30 pm local time.
January 6 – At around 3:15 am, Djokovic’s father reports that his son is being held in solitary confinement at Melbourne Airport.
At 5am, Goran Ivanisevic posts an image on social media of himself and another member of Djokovic’s team who appear to be waiting for the world number 1. The post is titled “Not the most usual Down Under trip”.
At around 8:15 am local time, it is confirmed that Djokovic’s visa has been denied by the Australian Border Force.
Djokovic is transferred to a quarantine hotel as his legal team appeals for visa cancellation.
The appeal against his visa cancellation is adjourned for Monday morning (January 10) Australian time.
7 January – Australian Interior Minister Karen Andrews says Djokovic is “free to leave at any time” and is not detained.
Djokovic breaks the silence in the Instagram post on Friday, thanking his fans for their “continued support”.
January 8 – The presentation of Djokovic’s lawyers on Saturday reveals the positivity of the Covid-19 test in December.
January 9 – Interior Minister Andrews has a request to postpone the hearing until Wednesday (January 12) rejected by Judge Anthony Kelly.

Why was Djokovic in public after the alleged positive test?

Novak Djokovic is facing new questions as to why he was photographed in public on the day he claimed to have tested positive for Covid-19.

In the legal documents, Djokovic claimed to have tested positive on December 16, but on the same day, No. of postage stamps.

Djokovic posted photos from the event – in which he is seen without a mask – on his Twitter account on December 17.

It is unclear if Djokovic knew he had Covid when he attended the event.

Djokovic’s Aussie Open Debacle: What Happened?

Djokovic flew to Australia on a “vaccine-free” and arrived in Melbourne on Wednesday, but was ultimately denied entry to the country after nine hours at the airport.

The Serb’s visa was one that did not allow medical exemptions and was canceled, after which he was moved to quarantine at the hotel as his team issued an appeal: this appeal was updated to Monday morning at 10:00 local time (Sunday 23 : 00 GMT).

The Australian Department of Home Affairs appealed for the hearing to be postponed to Wednesday, but their request was denied by Judge Anthony Kelly on Sunday.

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