Novak Djokovic: Australian authorities’ bid to delay visa hearing rejected as case remains set for Monday | Tennis News

Djokovic is held in solitary confinement in Melbourne pending the outcome of an appeal against the Australian Border Force (ABF) decision to cancel his entry visa and deport him; Djokovic’s appeal will be heard on Monday morning, local time

Last updated: 01/09/22 9:27

Novak Djokovic hopes to defend his Australian Open title in Melbourne

Novak Djokovic’s visa hearing will continue on Monday after an Australian court rejected the government’s appeal to postpone the hearing until Wednesday.

On Sunday, 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.

Djokovic’s lawyers said the Serbian was granted a vaccine exemption to enter Australia because he contracted Covid-19 on December 16.

Sky News reporter Nicole Johnston in Melbourne explains the latest news on Djokovic's hearing

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Sky News reporter Nicole Johnston in Melbourne explains the latest news on Djokovic’s hearing

Sky News reporter Nicole Johnston in Melbourne explains the latest news on Djokovic’s hearing

The world number one 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.

According to his legal team, Djokovic – who hopes to win his 21st Grand Slam title – also received a letter from Tennis Australia’s Chief Medical Officer registering a medical exemption from Covid vaccination.

It is stated that the certificate of exemption was “provided by an independent expert medical review panel commissioned by Tennis Australia” and that “that panel’s decision had been reviewed and approved by an independent state government medical exemptions review panel. of Victoria “.

Djokovic’s lawyers added that he had been granted an “Australian travel declaration” because the authorities had told him that [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.

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.”

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.

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, 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.

Kyrgios: Djokovic will be very determined

Nick Kyrgios said he is keen to avoid being drawn to a fiery Djokovic if the reigning Australian Open champion can persuade authorities to allow him to play at this year’s tournament in Melbourne.

Kyrgios said he expects the upheaval will have little to do with Djokovic’s preparation for the first big event of the season.

“If he’s allowed to play in the Australian Open, I don’t want him out,” the Australian told reporters at Sydney’s Olympic Park on Saturday, ahead of next week’s Sydney Tennis Classic.

Nick Kyrgios (right) has shown sympathy for Djokovic

Nick Kyrgios (right) has shown sympathy for Djokovic

“He’s going to be very determined to play well and stick to everyone on what’s going on. And I don’t want any bars from that Novak.

“I think he will have no problem preparing. I think this is just more fuel for him, in my opinion.

“We all know how good he is as a competitor. You don’t become a great champion like that without being able to overcome some adversity like this.”

Kyrgios has emerged as an unlikely ally for Djokovic, with the pair sharing a difficult relationship since they clashed ahead of last year’s Australian Open over quarantine conditions.

“It’s a bit of a mess with what’s going on, and I just don’t think we’ve done it right,” he said.

“I hope that everything will be resolved as soon as possible. For the sport we need him here, it’s that simple. He is one of the most influential sportsmen, probably of all time.

“If he’s ready to play and allowed to play, I think it’s kind of good for our sport with all this attention because the Australian Open probably won’t have as many views as if he were able to play.

“I’m trying for him now. Like he’s not really human, right, what’s going on? His life is probably hard enough the way it is, and I know how it is.

“I just hope it all clears up soon.”

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 Serbian’s visa was one that did not allow for 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 on Monday.


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