Djokovic News Live: World No. 1 awaits new visa decision as he learns Australian Open draw

Martina Navratilova tells Djokovic to ‘suck it up’ and ‘go home’

Novak Djokovic now has an opponent gearing up for him in the first round of the Australian Open, despite the decision on his visa still up in the air just days before the tournament kicks off. But the Serb is now reasonably expected to face his compatriot next week despite delays in the lottery suggesting a decision on his visa from Immigration Minister Alex Hawke was imminent.

Hawke is still studying the possibility of a “personal force to cancel,” a move that could last for several days. The men’s world number one broke his silence on a number of accusations of violating the Covid protocol on Wednesday, admitting that he broke the isolation and gave an interview to the French newspaper L’Equipe despite knowing that he had contracted the virus, such a violation. It can lead to up to five years in prison if it is proven that he lied about his positive test.

Djokovic’s problems are also heightened by other questions, possibly from the Australian Border Force, about allegations that he misunderstood information on his travel permit form, saying he had not traveled anywhere else before heading to Down Under – despite images that emerged of him training In Spain before the new year. Andy Murray has admitted that Djokovic is likely to answer questions publicly as well, after the isolation controversy.

Catch the latest news and updates as Djokovic prepares for the Australian Open below.

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Martina Navratilova tells Djokovic to ‘suck it up’ and ‘go home’

The No. 1 tennis player has caused a major controversy after arriving in Melbourne for the Australian Open without sufficient evidence that he had been spared from a jab before being held in a quarantine hotel.

He has since won a court battle over the issue and is expected to play in the tournament later this month, but Navratilova says she cannot support his decision.

Martina Navratilova tells Djokovic to ‘suck it up’ and ‘go home’

Jack RathburnJanuary 13, 2022 20:30

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Serb faces five years in prison if he misled court over Covid test

Novak Djokovic could face five years in prison if it is proven that he lied about his positive test for the Covid virus to Australian authorities.

Djokovic said in an affidavit to the Federal Circuit Court that he was diagnosed with the 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 he should be allowed to remain in Australia to play tennis.

The penalty for misinformation in court is imprisonment for up to five years.

Djokovic is pictured training on Wednesday ahead of the tournament, which begins on Monday, January 17th. He is expected to receive a ‘hostile’ welcome from both the fans and some of his dressing-room teammates over the next two weeks as the 34-year-old chases for his 21st men’s Grand Slam title, and 10th in Melbourne.

Jack RathburnJanuary 13, 2022 20:00

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Novak Djokovic’s possible path to the 2022 Australian Open final

Providing Novak Djokovic faces no further challenges from the Australian government to relay him, and this could be his way to defend his Australian Open title.

– If he succeeds in negotiating in his first round against compatriot Miomir Kekmanovic, world number 41 Tommy Paul will likely wait in the second round.

The third round against Italian Lorenzo Sonego, seeded No. 27, may be difficult, against France’s Gael Monfils, seeded No. 17, or Chilean seed Christian Garin, seed No. 16, in the round of 16.

Matteo Berrettini (seeded 7), Cameron Nouri (12th seed) or Pablo Carreno Busta (19th seed) could be next in the quarter-finals.

– Then it becomes fun, as Alexander Zverev (3rd seed) is expected to negotiate with Denis Shapovalov (14th seed) to face Rafael Nadal (6th seed) in the quarter-finals, with the winner likely to face Djokovic.

– So, if he beats that, the final will most likely be between Daniil Medvedev (2nd seed), Stefanos Tsitsipas (4th seed) or Andrey Rublev (5th seed).

Jack RathburnJanuary 13, 2022 19:40

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The Spanish government is not investigating Novak Djokovic over the violation of the “Covid rules”

The Spanish government is not investigating Novak Djokovic over a possible violation of the Covid rules.

Reports on Wednesday indicated that authorities are looking into potential legal issues for Djokovic entering the country en route to Australia for the Australian Open.

Since September 20, citizens of Serbia are required to obtain a vaccination certificate or show a special exemption to enter Spanish territory.

But a source told Politico on Thursday that Spain’s Interior Ministry was not investigating whether Djokovic broke coronavirus rules by entering Spain without a vaccination last month.

Jack RathburnJanuary 13, 2022 19:20

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Netflix series captures Novak Djokovic’s Australian Open visa saga

A massive Netflix series will pick up the story of Novak Djokovic’s Australian Open visa after reports that tennis governing bodies have approved the documentary.

The Mail reports that the film’s crew is already in Australia to start the show in the same format as Formula 1’s Drive to Survive.

London-based Box to Box Films and executive producer James Jay Rhys will produce the series.

Andy Murray has spoken about how he would like tennis to have similar coverage to Drive to Survive, but cautioned that the sport is more exclusive behind the scenes, which could prevent the same kind of access experienced in F1.

“A lot of people have talked about Drive to Survive. I watched some episodes myself, I enjoyed them and something like that would be really good for tennis,” he told Eurosport.

“I think there’s a lot of benefit to this sport (but) I don’t think tennis is open enough to allow access like that. It’s tough because it’s cool.

“A lot of players will support him but you also need to trust the people who are shooting as well. Provided it is done well and there is a level of respect and trust there between the athletes and the people who are shooting, I think it can be incredibly positive.”

Jack RathburnJanuary 13, 2022 19:00

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Roger Federer’s advice to Novak Djokovic in the first round of the Australian Open

Novak Djokovic’s first-round opponent at the Australian Open, Miomir Kekmanovic, received some valuable advice from Roger Federer on his way to making it a pro.

The 22-year-old Serbian was the ‘Next Generation Reporter’ for the ATP Tour of the 2019 Miami Open and spoke with the former World No. 1 about the key to making it to the Tour.

“I’ve been on the tour almost longer than I’ve been alive, so do you have any tips I can use here?” Kikmanovich asked.

The current No. 16 player told him: “Enjoy yourself, you have enough time.” I think when you’re young you always think like ‘This has to happen tomorrow’.

“Just a blast there because I wish I was still your age and could do it again, so I’m a little sad because I’m at the end of my career. But I’m sure you’ll have a great career.”

Jack RathburnJanuary 13 2022 18:40

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Novak Djokovic ‘playing by his own rules’ in Australian visa saga, says Stefanos Tsitsipas

The 2022 Australian Open seed insists Djokovic jeopardized the Grand Slam with his procedures to enter the country with a Covid-19 vaccination exemption, despite clearly defined rules and regulations for players from the ATP.

Djokovic is still waiting to see if the Australian government will push to have his visa revoked after admitting to providing misleading information about his whereabouts after testing positive for Covid last month.

Jack RathburnJan 13 2022 18:20

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When will the Australian Minister of Immigration decide the fate of Novak Djokovic?

The Serbian is awaiting a decision by Australian Immigration Minister Alex Hawke, who should consider whether to cancel the visa of the 20-time Grand Slam winner.

Pictures on social media showed the Serbian player in Belgrade over Christmas and training in Spain in the new year.

Jack RathburnJanuary 13, 2022 18:00

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Novak Djokovic: The tennis star always strives to go his own way

“The only hero in the whole Novak Djokovic story is Rafael Nadal – and I think [we] “He should be listened to,” former vaccination minister Nadim Zahawi said on the radio on Sunday. “I encourage everyone to take a jab.”

He was asked about the case of the No. 1 tennis player’s possible deportation from Australia, as the Serb was denied entry after landing in Melbourne last week to defend his Australian Open title. An earlier decision to grant a medical exemption to play has sparked outrage among those living in a country with some of the strictest Covid rules in the world. The hearing against deportation will take place on Monday at 10 a.m. local time (11 p.m. Sunday GMT).

Djokovic has not disclosed his vaccine status, but in April 2020, before Covid-19 vaccines were available, he said he was against vaccination before later clarifying his position by adding that he was “not an expert” and would remain “open-minded” – but wanted to have ‘A choice to choose what’s best for my body’ and ‘I don’t want to be forced’ to travel. His lawyers said he was granted a vaccination exemption to enter Australia after contracting Covid on December 16 (though Djokovic tweeted pictures on December 17 of him appearing without a mask at a party I live in Belgrade – it is unclear if he knew he had Covid when the pictures were being taken).

Jack RathburnJanuary 13 2022 17:40

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Novak Djokovic: A Chronology of Australia’s Tennis Star Visa Epic

Novak Djokovic succeeded in his battle to have his Australian visa revoked in the Australian Federal Court, paving the way for him to defend the Australian Open at Melbourne Park.

However, the saga was not over, with a potential three-year ban from the country still hanging over Djokovic’s head due to the possibility of a discretionary call from the immigration minister to replace the home affairs minister who was included as part of the court case.

The saga became a major diplomatic incident with Australians angry that Djokovic, who had openly opposed vaccinations, was granted an exemption to enter the country.

Jack RathburnJanuary 13 2022 17:20

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