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Novak Djokovic is stepping up his preparations for the Australian Open after winning his fight with the nation’s government over his visa - for now, at least. Minister for Immigration Alex Hawke is still considering the possibility of “a personal power of cancellation”, a move which could yet drag on for several days.

The world number one took part in a training session at the Rod Laver Arena on Tuesday that was shrouded in secrecy after tournament organisers closed the doors to the practice and cut the live stream of the court. Tennis Australia later released video of the session but reports on the ground indicated an “uncomfortable” situation for the Serbian.

Both of his parents have been outspoken during the course of the appeal, with his father claiming victory for human rights and free speech in “a young man from a small, poor country” defeating “big, powerful people” in the courts. Djokovic’s mother, meanwhile, compared his treatment to being “subjected to torture, to harassment”.

However, none of his family opted to answer questions surrounding the tennis star’s positive Covid result from December, ending a press conference when the matter arose on Monday. Court documents show Djokovic testing positive on 16 December, but the following day he was apparently photographed in public settings without a mask and with children in attendance. Follow all the latest news and reaction from Djokovic’s hearing below.

Novak Djokovic latest news and updates

  • Australian Border Force investigating whether Novak Djokovic made false travel claim

  • Australian immigration minister unlikely to take decision on Tuesday

  • Australian PM speaks to Serbian counterpart over Djokovic visa

  • Djokovic visa row 'damaging on all fronts', says ATP

  • Nick Kyrgios ‘embarrassed’ to be an Australian athlete after Djokovic visa debacle

  • Djokovic faces tough crowd, says Boris Becker

  • News reporters caught on camera criticising Djokovic in expletive-filled rant

Australian news reporters caught on camera calling Novak Djokovic a ‘lying, sneaky a**hole’

22:18 , Karl Matchett

A leaked video from 7News Melbourne shows two reporters discussing world No1 Novak Djokovic prior to their show - in far from complementary terms.

Rebecca Maddern and Mike Amor’s comments were caught on microphone and camera as they sat behind the newsdesk, with a large image of Djokovic mounted on a screen behind them.

“Whatever way you look at it, Novak Djokovic is a lying, sneaky, a***hole,” Maddern can be heard saying. “Whatever way you look at it...It is unfortunate that everyone stuffed up around him. To go out when you know you’re Covid-positive...well, I don’t think he was even Covid-positive.”

“That’s it, he’s an a**hole. He got a bullsh*t f*****g excuse and then fell over his own f*****g lies. It’s just what happens, right, that’s what happened,’ Amor replied.

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News reporters caught on camera criticising Novak Djokovic in expletive-filled rant

‘Stubborn’ Novak Djokovic tipped to be ‘even better when everyone is against him’

21:56 , Karl Matchett

Former player Andrew Castle says 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 having his visa cancelled for not having sufficient evidence for his medical exemption. However, he could still be deported if Australia’s immigration minister Alex Hawke decides to re-cancel the visa in coming days.

The situation has many predicting crowds will be against him as he goes for a record 21st grand slam but Castle believes Djokovic will thrive in that environment.

“He’s such a stubborn and hard-working guy on court, if he gets this exemption and if the Australian government don’t supersede the court, I would say that he’s going to tee it up and play,” he told Sky.

“If he can get through two, three, four rounds, and play his way into the tournament - we know how good he is - I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see him into the second week of this grand slam once again, because he is so stubborn and so good.

“When it’s time, and the bell rings, he’ll be ready to compete. Sometimes Novak can be even better when everyone is against him than when everyone is for him.”

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‘Stubborn’ Novak Djokovic tipped to be ‘even better when everyone is against him’

Novak Djokovic handed number one seed for Australian Open amid visa uncertainty

21:37 , Karl Matchett

Novak Djokovic has been handed the number one seed ahead of the Australian Open men’s draw after winning his appeal to enter the country and compete for a 10th title.

It comes as the the world No. 1 awaits a verdict from Australian immigration minister Alex Hawke, who is considering whether to cancel his visa despite the Serbian’s court victory on Monday.

Djokovic has retuned to training and confirmed he is “focused” on tennis after he was released from an immigration facility, where he had been held since arriving in Australia last week.

Djokovic, who will move clear of Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal if he wins a 21st Grand Slam title in Melbourne this month, is also facing questions over his positive Covid-19 test and whether false travel information was included on his visa documents.

But the 34-year-old has been named the top seed ahead of Thursday’s Australian Open main draw. The tournament starts on Monday 17 January.

Daniil Medvedev, Alexander Zverev, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Andrey Rublev make up the men’s top five.

For the women’s top seeds, Australian Ash Barty remains the No1, with Aryna Sabalenka, Garbine Muguruza, Barbora Krejcikova and Maria Sakkari joining her in the top five.

Nick Kyrgios ‘embarrassed’ to be an Australian athlete after Novak Djokovic visa debacle

21:21 , Karl Matchett

Nick Kyrgios admits he is “embarrassed” to be an Australian athlete after the Novak Djokovic visa debacle.

The controversial Australian player is currently isolating after testing positive for Covid, which forced him to withdraw from the Sydney Tennis Classic.

And Kyrgios has hit out at the media over the controversy surrounding Djokovic’s visa and vaccination exemption, while conceding he is “embarrassed” by the whole affair.

“We know that the media like to create s***-storms, with my story and everything going on with Novak,” said Kyrgios, who has tumbled down the world rankings to No 114. “I feel quite embarrassed as an Australian athlete who’s seen what this guy has done for us and for the sport.

“I just don’t think it’s right how we’re handling it, but the media loves to do that, loves to divide.”

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Nick Kyrgios ‘embarrassed’ to be Australian athlete after Novak Djokovic visa debacle

Wimbledon quarter-finalist says Novak Djokovic has no right to be in Australia

21:00 , Karl Matchett

Wimbledon quarter-finalist Marton Fucsovics has responded to Novak Djokovic’s vaccination exemption by saying he does not think the Serbian had the right to play in the Australian Open.

Speaking to the Hungarian outlet M4Sport, Marton Fucsovics said: “People’s health is paramount, and there are rules that were outlined months ago, namely that everyone should vaccinate themselves – and Djokovic didn’t.

“From this point of view, I don’t think he would have the right to be here.”

The Hungarian world number 38, who lost to Djokovic in last year’s Wimbledon quarter-finals and in the Paris Masters in November, also said he was not alone in thinking it unfair that Djokovic could play in the Gram Slam despite not being vaccinated.

Novak Djokovic still has questions to answer over Australian visa controversy, Andy Murray says

20:38 , Karl Matchett

Andy Murray has said Novak Djokovic still has questions to answer over his controversial entry into Australia, despite the world No 1 winning an appeal against being deported from the country.

Djokovic is set to defend his Australian Open title after an order to cancel his visa following scrutiny of his medical exemption for the Covid vaccine was quashed in a court hearing.

Djokovic has also yet to address claims that he attended a public event after returning a positive PCR result last month and the player’s family abruptly shut down a press conference when asked whether he had broken self-isolation rules on Monday.

And while Murray, a long-time friend and rival of Djokovic, welcomed his the outcome of the court hearing and his release, the former British No 1 said he must address those remaining questions ahead of the start of the tournament on 17 January.

“It’s positive that he’s not in detention any more,” Murray said.

“Obviously he won in court so that’s a positive thing for him. Hopefully he will be able to concentrate on the tennis now.

“I think there are still a few questions that need to be answered around the isolation and stuff, which I’m sure we’ll hear from him in the next few days.”

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Andy Murray says Novak Djokovic still has questions to answer over visa controversy

Novak Djokovic Australian visa saga ‘damaging on all fronts’, ATP admits

20:20 , Karl Matchett

The controversy surrounding Novak Djokovic’s entry into Australia has been “damaging on all fronts”, according to the men’s professional tennis tour.

In a statement, released after Djokovic won his appeal against deportation from the country on Monday, the ATP said they welcomed the outcome the hearing and expressed concern for the world No. 1’s well-being ahead of the Australian Open next week.

While Djokovic has been released from an immigration facility and says he is “focused” on defending his Australian Open title in Melbourne, after Judge Anthony Kelly quashed an order to cancel his visa following scrutiny over his medical exemption for the Covid vaccine, the threat of deportation still hangs over the Serbian.

The 34-year-old is still awaiting a verdict from Australian immigration minister Alex Hawke, who is considering whether to cancel his visa despite Djokovic’s victory in court.

The decision to grant Djokovic, who is unvaccinated, a medical exemption for the tournament caused controversy in Australia, which has seen some of the world’s strictest lockdowns and vaccination rules during the pandemic.

“The ATP fully respects the sacrifices the people of Australia have made since the onset of Covid-19 and the stringent immigration policies that have been put in place,” the organisation said.

“In travelling to Melbourne, it’s clear Novak Djokovic believed he had been granted a necessary medical exemption in order to comply with entry regulations.

“Player medical exemption requests are made independently of ATP, however we have been in constant contact with Tennis Australia to seek clarity throughout this process.

“We welcome the outcome of Monday’s hearing and look forward to an exciting few weeks of tennis ahead.”

Novak Djokovic Australian visa saga ‘damaging on all fronts’, ATP admits

Andy Murray steps up Australian Open preparations with warm-up win

20:03 , Karl Matchett

Novak Djokovic has been on-court in Melbourne undertaking some training today, no doubt relieved to merely be back able to be hitting outdoors again.

Meanwhile, Andy Murray stepped up preparations for his Australian Open return by brushing aside Viktor Durasovic in the first round of the Sydney Tennis Classic.

Murray required just 72 minutes to sink the world number 345 and bounce back from his disappointing loss to Facundo Bagnis in Melbourne to win 6-3 6-1.

The former world number one has accepted a wild card for the Australian Open, three years after intimating he may have played his last game due to impending hip surgery.

Murray said in his on-court interview: “It is really nice to get my range and hopefully I can carry that through to Melbourne.

“I was hoping to get matches in Melbourne last week, but that didn’t happen. Thankfully the tournament organisers agreed to give me the wild card and the opportunity to play here and I am very grateful for that.”

Djokovic Australian Open participation remains in doubt

19:51 , Karl Matchett

Novak Djokovic’s defence of his Australian Open title remains in doubt after reports emerged that the world number one might have given misleading information to Australian immigration officials.

Immigration Minister Alex Hawke is still considering whether to cancel Djokovic’s visa despite his court victory on Monday, which enabled the 34-year-old to leave his quarantine hotel and resume training in Melbourne.

Australian media reported that officials are concerned about Djokovic’s claim on his entry form that he had not travelled in the 14 days prior to his arrival in Australia on January 6.

Social media posts have appeared to make clear that Djokovic attended events in Belgrade and Marbella during the period in question. Djokovic has reportedly claimed that Tennis Australia filled in the form on his behalf.

In addition, there remain separate questions over Djokovic’s confirmed positive test on December 16 and his subsequent meeting with children at a public event in Belgrade the next day, which would have broken Serbia’s own 14-day quarantine rules following a positive test.

Andy Murray, who lost four finals to Djokovic in Melbourne, says his long-time rival still has questions to answer.

“It’s positive that he’s not in detention any more,” Murray told the BBC.

“There are still a few questions that need to be answered around the isolation, which I’m sure we’ll hear from him in the next few days.

“He won in court, which is good. It looks like he’s going to be able to play and compete in the Australian Open - we do want the best players there, but there are still a few questions to be answered.

“Until that happens, it is tough to give a definitive opinion on everything.”

Amid the continued confusion, Djokovic’s former coach Boris Becker has warned he risks the wrath of the Australian Open crowd if his quest for a record 21st grand slam title is ultimately allowed to continue.

While Serbian fans celebrated outside the court-house on Monday, many Australians, who have endured months of hard lockdowns, remain angry at the current decision to allow the unvaccinated Djokovic to enter the country.

Becker, who coached Djokovic for three seasons from 2014 to 2016, told the BBC: “I’m sure there will be a couple of boos and whistles, but he’s used to that.

“He was always a street-fighter who had to fight the odds and win over the crowd, and it was fascinating in last year’s US Open final when they finally embraced him.

“The crowd will be difficult with him but with each match he starts, he will win the crowd and they will embrace him again. But he is going to have a difficult first week.”

News reporters caught on camera criticising Novak Djokovic in expletive-filled rant

19:34 , Karl Matchett

The Novak Djokovic saga continues to rumble on and the latest fallout sees two Australian news reporters commenting on the issue in a manner which was not, presumably, intended to be broadcast.

However, a leaked video from 7News Melbourne shows two reporters discussing the world No1 prior to their show - in far from complementary terms.

Djokovic won his appeal to be let into the country for the Australian Open, after the Australian Border Force (ABF) had initially detained him, spending several days in an immigration facility which his family had taken great exception to, labelling his treatment like “torture” at one stage. It’s a story which has been prominent across the entire world, especially in Australia where the government, the ATP and the player himself have been criticised by many - with 7News’ on-screen pair joining in.

Rebecca Maddern and Mike Amor’s comments were caught on microphone and camera as they sat behind the newsdesk, with a large image of Djokovic mounted on a screen behind them.

“Whatever way you look at it, Novak Djokovic is a lying, sneaky, a***hole,” Maddern can be heard saying.

Full report and reporters’ comments here:

News reporters caught on camera criticising Novak Djokovic in expletive-filled rant

Djokovic set for further questioning from Australian authorities

19:11 , Ben Burrows

Border Force officials are set to ask Djokovic more questions around his entry to Australia and this time it will be focused on travel before arrival.

Djokovic said he had not travelled anywhere before getting to Melbourne but footage has emerged showing him in Spain.

On his ATD form, which was presented in court by Djokovic’s legal team, the answer “No” was selected under the question: “Have you travelled, or will you travel, in the 14 days prior to your flight to Australia?”

Under the question there is a note that states: “Giving false or misleading information is a serious offence. You may also be liable to a civil penalty for giving false or misleading information.”

Djokovic receives ‘uncomfortable’ reception at practice

18:48 , Ben Burrows

Novak Djokovic received an “uncomfortable” reception from fellow players as he took part in a secret training session at the Australian Open on Tuesday, according to reports.

Djokovic was released from an immigration facility on Monday after winning his appeal against deportation from the country and says he is “focused” on defending his Australian Open title.

While Djokovic is still facing the possibility of having his visa revoked, as the Minister for Immigration Alex Hawke considers whether to exercise a personal power of cancellation, the nine-time Australian Open champion has returned to training ahead of the start of the tournament on 17 January.

Djokovic took part in a training session at the Rod Laver Arena, that was shrouded in secrecy after tournament organisers closed the doors to the practice and cut the live stream of the court.

Tennis Australia later released video of Djokovic practicing with coach Goran Ivanisevic, but the world No. 1 was also said to have taken part in an indoor gym session.

And according to New York Times reporter Ben Rothenberg, who quoted a source in the facility, “the place went silent with everyone staring. Talk about uncomfortable.”

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Murray says Djokovic still has questions to answer

18:25 , Ben Burrows

Andy Murray has said Novak Djokovic still has questions to answer over his controversial entry into Australia, despite the world No 1 winning an appeal against being deported from the country.

Djokovic has yet to face the media since his release on Monday, despite taking part in two practice sessions at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne. In a post on social media, in which he confirmed he would be playing the Australian Open as planned, Djokovic said: “For now I cannot say more”.

And while Murray, a long-time friend and rival of Djokovic, welcomed his the outcome of the court hearing and his release, the former British No 1 said he must address those remaining questions ahead of the start of the tournament on 17 January.

“It’s positive that he’s not in detention any more,” Murray said, after he stepped up his Australian Open preparations with his first win of the season at the Sydney International Classic.

“Obviously he won in court so that’s a positive thing for him. Hopefully he will be able to concentrate on the tennis now.

“I think there are still a few questions that need to be answered around the isolation and stuff, which I’m sure we’ll hear from him in the next few days.”

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Kyrgios “embarrassed” to be Australian athlete

18:00 , Sarah Rendell

Nick Kyrgios is “embarrassed” to be an Australian athlete due to the way Djokovic’s visa situation has played out.

“We know that the media like to create s***-storms, with my story and everything going on with Novak,” said Kyrgios “I feel quite embarrassed as an Australian athlete who’s seen what this guy has done for us and for the sport.

“I just don’t think it’s right how we’re handling it, but the media loves to do that, loves to divide.”

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Nick Kyrgios ‘embarrassed’ to be Australian athlete after Novak Djokovic visa debacle

Djokovic treatment not an “insult"

17:40 , Sarah Rendell

Comedian David Baddiel has tweeted about Djokovic and the situation that has unfolded over the past few days. He has suggested the world no. 1’s treatment at the Melbourne airport wasn’t a “terrible insult” to Serbs but just the Border Force treating him as they would other unvaccinated travellers.

Djokovic’s father, Srdan, had suggested at their press conference on Monday that his son was treated harshly because he comes from a “small and impoverished country”.

Srdan said: “Obviously the fact he comes from small and impoverished country was not something big, powerful people liked. They thought they had God-given powers that this world is their world, and it is impossible that a young man from a small, poor country can be the best in their sport.”

But Baddiel believes he wasn’t harshly treated, tweeting: “Is it possible that the Australian Border Force’s decision not to let Djokovic in immediately was not, in fact, a terrible insult to Serbia and Serbs everywhere, but just them applying the same regulations that they would to any other unvaccinated traveller?”

Morrison criticised by Rudd

17:20 , Sarah Rendell

Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has taken aim at current leader Scott Morrison for the way the Djokovic situation has been handled.

The world no. 1 was initially given a medical exemption to enter the country as he had tested positive on 16 December. However, upon arrival his visa was cancelled and he was held at a hotel until his appeal. Djokovic won the appeal to stay in Australia but could be deported in coming days.

Rudd tweeted: “Does Morrison have any idea what his incompetence on #Djokovic has done to Brand Australia in the eyes of the world? Intended as a clever political distraction from his outright negligence on hospitals, boosters, kids’ vaccines and rapid tests. Instead, it’s blown up in his face.”

Deported Voracova hopes Djokovic competes

17:00 , Sarah Rendell

Renata Voracova also had her visa cancelled after entering Australia as she came to the country on a similar exemption to Djokovic.

She had Covid recently and so was initially allowed into the country. However, her visa was revoked and she was deported.

She has said she hopes Djokovic doesn’t have the same fate, saying: “Hopefully he can play. Because that is what we went there for: to play tennis and not be part of any inside games.”

Further questioning coming Djokovic’s way

16:40 , Sarah Rendell

Border Force officials are set to ask Djokovic more questions around his entry to Australia and this time it will be focused on travel before arrival.

Djokovic said he had not travelled anywhere before getting to Melbourne but footage has emerged showing him in Spain.

On his ATD form, which was presented in court by Djokovic’s legal team, the answer “No” was selected under the question: “Have you travelled, or will you travel, in the 14 days prior to your flight to Australia?”

Under the question there is a note that states: “Giving false or misleading information is a serious offence. You may also be liable to a civil penalty for giving false or misleading information.”

Novak Djokovic set to face further questions over false travel claims

Djokovic is “stubborn” and will play well in front of hostile crowd

16:20 , Sarah Rendell

Commentator Andrew Castle believes Djokovic will thrive in a tense atmosphere at the Australian Open.

The star will be attempting to defend his title and win a record 21st grand slam. People have predicted he will be met with angry fans on court but Castle says this won’t influence the Serb.

He told Sky: “When it’s time, and the bell rings, he’ll be ready to compete. Sometimes Novak can be even better when everyone is against him than when everyone is for him.”

‘Stubborn’ Novak Djokovic tipped to be ‘even better when everyone is against him’

Tomic hits out at Covid testing

16:00 , Sarah Rendell

Bernard Tomic believes he will test positive for Covid as he hit our at the testing at the Australian Open.

Tomic was heard complaining about the testing procedure to an umpire during a qualification match he lost. He said: “I cannot believe nobody’s getting tested. They’re allowing players to come on the court with rapid tests in their room. Come on. No official PCR testing.”

He has since said he is isolating, here’s the full story:

‘I’ll test positive’: Bernard Tomic lashes out at Covid testing during defeat

Djokovic number one seed

15:40 , Sarah Rendell

While Djokovic’s chances of competing in the Australian Open are in doubt he has still seeded in the top spot for the men’s competition.

The world no.1 is waiting to see if Australia's immigration minister Alex Hawke will re-cancel his visa which would see him deported.

A decision is expected on Wednesday but for now Djokovic is the top seed in the men’s with Ashleigh Barty top for the women’s.

Full story:

Novak Djokovic handed number one seed for Australian Open amid visa uncertainty

In other Australian Open news...

15:25 , Sarah Rendell

Murray has started his bid for the Australian Open on good footing as he swept aside Viktor Durasovic in straight sets in a warm-up match.

Murray beat Durasovic 6-3 6-1 and it took just 72 minutes to do. The former world no. 1 accepted a wild card to compete at the event.

The Scottish star said: “I was hoping to get matches in Melbourne last week, but that didn’t happen. Thankfully the tournament organisers agreed to give me the wild card and the opportunity to play here and I am very grateful for that.

Full story:

Andy Murray steps up Australian Open preparations with warm-up win

What’s been said over the past few days?

15:10 , Sarah Rendell

The most revealing moment of the past few days was at the Djokovic family press conference when his mother, Dijana, said the appeal win was the biggest victory of his career.

She also detailed the “torture” her son had been through in the immigration hotel with him not able to communicate with his family for a period of time.

She said: “He always fought for justice. He’s done nothing wrong, he hasn’t broken any of their laws and he was subjected to torture, to harassment.”

Full story:

Novak Djokovic ‘subjected to torture’ while fighting deportation from Australia

ATP says Djokovic situation is “damaging on all fronts"

14:55 , Sarah Rendell

Djokovic’s visa situation in Australia is “damaging on all fronts” according to men’s tennis tour ATP.

The star won his appeal on Monday but could still be deported as he is unvaccinated for Covid. A decision is expected on Wednesday.

The organisation said in a statement: “The series of events leading to Monday’s court hearing have been damaging on all fronts, including for Novak’s well-being and preparation for the Australian Open.”

Full story:

Novak Djokovic Australian visa saga ‘damaging on all fronts’, ATP admits

Did Djokovic get an “uncomfortable” reception?

14:40 , Sarah Rendell

Ukranian tennis star Sergiy Stakhovsky has rubbished suggestions it was “uncomfortable” when Djokovic went to a gym with other players present.

Reports suggested earlier today Djokovic’s colleagues stared at him while he continued to prepare for the Australian Open. But Stakhovsky has said this wasn’t the case.

He tweeted; “Total bs .. was warming up for my match in the same gym. Find better gossipers.”

Full story:

Novak Djokovic gets ‘uncomfortable’ reception at Australian Open training session

All you need to know about the Australian Open

14:25 , Sarah Rendell

There has been a lot of talk in the build-up to the Open about Djokovic which has taken the shine off of the tennis fans will be treated too.

The competition begins on 17 January with an array of stars, such as Rafael Nadal and Ashleigh Barty, attending.

Here is all you need to know about the Open:

When is Australian Open 2022 draw? Date, time, seeds and full schedule

Djokovic tipped to be better with fierce crowd

14:10 , Sarah Rendell

Andrew Castle says Djokovic will thrive in a hostile environment at the Australian Open.

The star has angered some by being allowed to stay in the country and be unvaccinated. The world no.1 could still be deported in coming days but he is preparing for the event which starts on 17 January.

Castle told Sky: “When it’s time, and the bell rings, he’ll be ready to compete. Sometimes Novak can be even better when everyone is against him than when everyone is for him.”

Full story:

‘Stubborn’ Novak Djokovic tipped to be ‘even better when everyone is against him’

“Hawke should cancel Djokovic’s visa"

13:55 , Sarah Rendell

Australia’s immigration minister Alex Hawke is deciding whether or not to deport Djokovic after he won his appeal yesterday.

The Age are reporting former immigration minister for New Zealand, Sir Kerry Burke, believes he should re-cancel his visa.

In a letter, Burke wrote: “If the law requires everybody entering Australia to have two COVID-19 vaccinations, with appropriate time separation between the first and the second and, if Djokovic cannot meet this test, then his attempt to stay in Australia must fail. That will be Minister Hawke’s call and it should be made.

“I understand Tennis Australia’s desire to have this superstar playing in Melbourne, but the absurdity of every spectator needing to be double-vaccinated in order to watch a non-vaccinated player perform is insulting to millions who followed the rules through trying times and would make your great country a laughing stock.

“Minister Hawke should cancel the visa. His authority is clear.”

How does politics play its part?

13:40 , Sarah Rendell

The appeal win on Monday has put the Australian government in a tricky situation. Immigration minister Alex Hawke can still deport Djokovic by re-cancelling his visa but the weight of the situation is reflected in how long he is taking to consider it.

A decision is expected on Wednesday with Djokovic continuing his preparations for the Australian Open in the meantime.

Read below for a full piece on what this could mean for the country’s government:

Novak Djokovic case puts Australian government in no-win situation

Djokovic could win the crowd round, says Becker

13:25 , Sarah Rendell

Boris Becker has warned Djokovic he will face a frosty crowd at the Australian Open if he competes but that he can win them round.

The star could still be deported but at the moment he is on track to attempt to defend his title and win his 21st Grand Slam.

Becker told the BBC: “I’m sure there will be a couple of boos and whistles, but he’s used to that.

“He was always a street-fighter who had to fight the odds and win over the crowd, and it was fascinating in last year’s US Open final when they finally embraced him.

“The crowd will be difficult with him but with each match he starts, he will win the crowd and they will embrace him again. But he is going to have a difficult first week.”

Read the full story:

Novak Djokovic in for ‘difficult’ time from Australian crowd, Boris Becker predicts

Novak Djokovic father Srdjan Djokovic calls on Queen Elizabeth to intervene

13:10 , Jack Rathborn

Novak Djokovic’s father has called on Queen Elizabeth to intervene in his son Novak Djokovic’s visa drama in Australia.

While Djokovic’s father has also labelled Prime Minister Scott Morrison a “dictator”.

“Autocracy has shown its true face today. Contrary to the decision of the independent court of Australia, dictator Scott ordered the arrest of my son, your world champion, Novak Djokovic, and deportation, banning him from entering the country for three long years,” Srđan Đoković said. “The court showed that law exists in Australia, but Scott dared to take justice into his own hands.

“I call on the Queen of Britain, Elizabeth, the leader of the Commonwealth, to intervene and protect the human rights of my son Novak Djokovic and to stop the political prosecution that has been carried out against him since he came to Australia,” Mr Djokovic said. “I call on all Australians and the whole world to raise their voice against terror, and the brutal human rights violations of the world’s best tennis player.

“Australia has become a dystopia, a mockery of the free world, they treat Novak Djokovic, my son, your world champion, as a political prisoner. As a terrorist in Guantanamo Bay. They deprive him of the right to play, to individuality, to freedom of opinion,” he said. “But I publicly claim: Political beasts will not break it! The whole world can now see a fake democracy led by one Scott.

“Novak is treated by the Australian government as an enemy of the state, not the best tennis player in the world who has always helped Australia with his donations in philanthropy. He is treated by ethnic racists as a lower-class citizen,” he said. “The truth has come to light, Australia is run by political criminals who do not respect individual rights or court decisions. They do not respect the decisions of their court, they do not respect their legal system.

“As of today, Australia is a banana republic and my son took the cross to go down in history as Spartacus standing on the last line of defence of freedom.

“I call on all non-governmental organisations around the world and all people of good will who believe in justice and democracy, as well as the Queen of Great Britain, to get involved and protect Novak Djokovic from the torture against him.”

Timeline of events

13:00 , Sarah Rendell

There has been so much happening over the past few days in Djokovic’s case it’s hard to keep up.

We’ve put together a helpful timeline of events so you can stay up to date with what is happening and when.

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Timeline of Novak Djokovic’s visa saga in Australia

ATP: Djokovic situation “damaging on all fronts"

12:45 , Sarah Rendell

The men’s tennis tour, the ATP, has said how Djokovic’s visa situation has played out is “damaging on all fronts”.

Djokovic could be deported from Australia in coming days if immigration minister Alex Hawke decides to re-cancel his visa. For now the world no. 1 continues his preparations for the Australian Open, which starts on 17 January.

The ATP said in a statement: “Complications in recent days related to player entry into Australia have... highlighted the need for clearer understanding, communication and application of the rules.

“In travelling to Melbourne, it’s clear Novak Djokovic believed he had been granted a necessary medical exemption in order to comply with entry regulations.

“The series of events leading to Monday’s court hearing have been damaging on all fronts, including for Novak’s well-being and preparation for the Australian Open.”

Nick Kyrgios ‘embarrassed’ to be an Australian athlete after Novak Djokovic visa debacle

12:30 , Jack Rathborn

Nick Kyrgios admits he is “embarrassed” to be an Australian athlete after the Novak Djokovic visa debacle.

The controversial Australian player is currently recovering from Covid, which jeopardises his participation at the Australian Open, having withdrawn from the Sydney Tennis Classic in the wake of a positive test.

“We know that the media like to create shit-storms, with my story and everything going on with Novak,” Kyrgios said. “I feel quite embarrassed as an Australian athlete who’s seen what this guy has done for us and for the sport. I just don’t think it’s right how we’re handling it, but the media loves to do that, loves to divide.”

While Kyrgios feels optimistic about his participation next week at Melbourne Park.

“I actually don’t feel too bad at the moment and I’m taking all necessary precautions,” he said. “Obviously not ideal a week out of the Aus Open, but I’m going to do everything in my power to feel OK and get out there and hopefully give you all a show.

“I just don’t want this to take away from the Australian summer of tennis. We’ve had a lot of great results, a lot of other Aussies are doing really well.”

What has Djokovic said?

12:15 , Sarah Rendell

World no. 1 Djokovic hasn’t said a lot publicly in the last few days but he did break his silence after winning his appeal on Monday.

He was initially said to be joining his family via web link in their press conference but that didn’t happen. Instead he took to social media to thank fans and say he is grateful he has been allowed to remain in the country.

However, the player could be deported before the Australian Open with a decision thought to be coming on Wednesday.

Full story:

Novak Djokovic breaks silence after winning appeal against deportation from Australia

Question over event Djokovic attended

12:00 , Sarah Rendell

Djokovic says he tested positive on 16 December and has documental proof to back up his claim. However, once this became public knowledge many pointed out he attended an event on 17 December and didn’t where a mask.

He was also pictured with young fans at the event and many want to know if he was aware he was positive at the time. When his family was asked about it on Monday at their press conference they refused to answer the question.

Djokovic is yet to answer questions on the event.

Full story:

Novak Djokovic’s family refuse to answer questions over positive Covid-19 result

Djokovic to face more questions

11:50 , Sarah Rendell

As part of his entry to Australia, Djokovic said he had not travelled anywhere prior to heading to the country.

However, footage appears to show Djokovic practicing at a training camp in the south of Spain on December 31, which would throw into question Djokovic’s claim that he did not travel prior to flying to Australia on 4 January.

On his ATD form, which was presented in court by Djokovic’s legal team, the answer ‘No’ was selected under the question: “Have you travelled, or will you travel, in the 14 days prior to your flight to Australia?”

Under the question there is a note which states: “Giving false or misleading information is a serious offence. You may also be liable to a civil penalty for giving false or misleading information.”

Full story:

Novak Djokovic set to face further questions over false travel claims

Stakhovsky rubbishes “uncomfortable” rumours

11:40 , Sarah Rendell

Ukranian tennis star Sergiy Stakhovsky has rubbished suggestions it was “uncomfortable” when Djokovic went to a gym with other players present.

Reports suggested earlier today Djokovic’s colleagues stared at him while he continued to prepare for the Australian Open. But Stakhovsky has said this wasn’t the case.

He tweeted; “Total bs .. was warming up for my match in the same gym. Find better gossipers.”

Wimbledon quarter-finalist says Novak Djokovic has no right to be in Australia

11:30 , Jack Rathborn

Wimbledon quarter-finalist Marton Fucsovics has responded to Novak Djokovic’s vaccination exemption by saying he does not think the Serbian had the right to play in the Australian Open.

Speaking to the Hungarian outlet M4Sport, Marton Fucsovics said: “People’s health is paramount, and there are rules that were outlined months ago, namely that everyone should vaccinate themselves – and Djokovic didn’t.

“From this point of view, I don’t think he would have the right to be here.”

The Hungarian world number 38, who lost to Djokovic in last year’s Wimbledon quarter-finals and in the Paris Masters in November, also said he was not alone in thinking it unfair that Djokovic could play in the Gram Slam despite not being vaccinated.

Wimbledon quarter-finalist says Novak Djokovic has no right to be in Australia

Tomic hits out at Australian Open testing

11:15 , Sarah Rendell

Bernard Tomic believes he will get Covid in the next few days and has blamed the testing at the Australian Open.

Tomic, who lost his qualifier, spoke to an umpire in the middle of a match betting him he would test positive. “I’m sure in the next two days I’ll test positive, I’m telling you,” Tomic said. “I’ll buy you dinner if I don’t test positive in three days. Otherwise, you buy me dinner.

“I cannot believe nobody’s getting tested. They’re allowing players to come on the court with rapid tests in their room. Come on. No official PCR testing.”

Read the full story here:

Voracova hopes Djokovic can play

11:05 , Sarah Rendell

Renata Voracova also had her visa cancelled after entering Australia as she came to the country on a similar exemption to Djokovic.

She had Covid recently and so was initially allowed into the country. However, her visa was revoked and she was deported.

She has said she hopes Djokovic doesn’t have the same fate, saying: “Hopefully he can play. Because that is what we went there for: to play tennis and not be part of any inside games.”

Morrison takes criticism for Djokovic situation

10:55 , Sarah Rendell

Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has taken aim at current leader Scott Morrison for the way the Djokovic situation has been handled.

The world no. 1 was initially given a medical exemption to enter the country as he had tested positive on 16 December. However, upon arrival his visa was cancelled and he was held at a hotel until his appeal. Djokovic won the appeal to stay in Australia but could be deported in coming days.

Rudd tweeted: “Does Morrison have any idea what his incompetence on #Djokovic has done to Brand Australia in the eyes of the world? Intended as a clever political distraction from his outright negligence on hospitals, boosters, kids’ vaccines and rapid tests. Instead, it’s blown up in his face.”

Djokovic has number one seed for Australian Open

10:45 , Sarah Rendell

After winning his appeal on Monday, Djokovic is set to compete at the Australian Open and he has been handed the number one seed for the men’s competition.

The world no. 1 is still waiting on immigration minister Alex Hawke to decide if he will re-cancel his visa but for now the star is set to take part.

While Djokovic holds the top seed for the men, Ashleigh Barty has it for the women after winning the Adelaide International earlier this month.

Novak Djokovic handed number one seed for Australian Open amid visa uncertainty

Djokovic’s treatment “not terrible insult"

10:36 , Sarah Rendell

Comedian David Baddiel has tweeted about Djokovic and the situation that has unfolded over the past few days. He has suggested the world no. 1’s treatment at the Melbourne airport wasn’t a “terrible insult” to Serbs but just the Border Force treating him as they would other unvaccinated travellers.

Djokovic’s father, Srdan, had suggested at their press conference on Monday that his son was treated harshly because he comes from a “small and impoverished country”.

Srdan said: “Obviously the fact he comes from small and impoverished country was not something big, powerful people liked. They thought they had God-given powers that this world is their world, and it is impossible that a young man from a small, poor country can be the best in their sport.”

But Baddiel believes he wasn’t harshly treated, tweeting: “Is it possible that the Australian Border Force’s decision not to let Djokovic in immediately was not, in fact, a terrible insult to Serbia and Serbs everywhere, but just them applying the same regulations that they would to any other unvaccinated traveller?”

Djokovic still faces deportation

10:20 , Sarah Rendell

Djokovic may have won his appeal to stay in Australia on Monday but immigration minister Alex Hawke still has the power to deport the star if he wishes.

It’s believed the government minister will make his decision on Wednesday ahead of the Australian Open, which starts on 17 January.

But why can he still be deported? Here’s a piece that explains everything:

Novak Djokovic still facing prospect of deportation despite winning visa appeal

Australian Border Force investigating whether Novak Djokovic made false travel claim

10:15 , Jack Rathborn

The Australian Border Force are investigating Novak Djokovic over a potential false travel claim.

The Serbian claimed that he had not travelled for 14 days before entering Australia.

But this claim appears to contradict several social media posts.

Djokovic was seen in Belgrade on Christmas Day and flew from Spain to Australia, via Dubai, on 4 January.

Djokovic’s fate, despite winning a court appeal on Monday, now lies with Australia’s immigration minister Alex Hawke, meaning he could yet be deported.

It has now been confirmed that Djokovic, in a traveller declaration, filed 1 January, declared “no” when asked: “Have you travelled or will you travel in the 14 days prior to your flight to Australia?”

The declaration comes with a warning that a “serious offence” is caused by providing false or misleading information and may be punishable by civil penalties.

Tomic hits out at Australian Open Covid testing

10:05 , Sarah Rendell

Bernard Tomic was caught on camera in an extraordinary exchange with an umpire at the Australian Open qualifying event.

Tomic lost his qualifier but after the first set he bet the official he would test positive for Covid.

He said: “I’m sure in the next two days I’ll test positive, I’m telling you. I’ll buy you dinner if I don’t test positive in three days. Otherwise, you buy me dinner.

“I cannot believe nobody’s getting tested. They’re allowing players to come on the court with rapid tests in their room. Come on. No official PCR testing.”

He has given an update on his health and you can read the full story:

‘I’ll test positive’: Bernard Tomic lashes out at Covid testing during defeat

Murray and Farage Twitter exchange

09:55 , Sarah Rendell

Nigel Farage has been in Belgrade with Djokovic’s family during the tennis star’s struggles in Australia.

The politician shared a video of the family home and said he had been “welcomed” in and British player Andy Murray replied.

He said: “Please record the awkward moment when you tell them you’ve spent most of your career campaigning to have people from Eastern Europe deported.”

Read how Farage replied and the full story:

Andy Murray lampoons Nigel Farage with cutting tweet over Novak Djokovic saga

Kyrgios “embarrassed” about Djokovic situation

09:45 , Sarah Rendell

Nick Kyrgios is “embarrassed” to be an Australian athlete due to the way Djokovic’s visa situation has played out.

“We know that the media like to create s***-storms, with my story and everything going on with Novak,” said Kyrgios “I feel quite embarrassed as an Australian athlete who’s seen what this guy has done for us and for the sport.

“I just don’t think it’s right how we’re handling it, but the media loves to do that, loves to divide.”

Read the full story:

Nick Kyrgios ‘embarrassed’ to be Australian athlete after Novak Djokovic visa debacle

Djokovic set to face more questions

09:35 , Sarah Rendell

Djokovic has claimed he didn’t travel before entering Australia but footage has emerged which could see the star face more questioning.

The footage appears to show Djokovic practicing at a training camp in the south of Spain on December 31, which would throw into question Djokovic’s claim that he did not travel prior to flying to Australia on 4 January.

This is the latest in a series of events that has culminated in Djokovic waiting to see if immigration minister Alex Hawke will deport him ahead of the Australian Open.

Full story:

Novak Djokovic set to face further questions over false travel claims

Djokovic faces tough crowd, says Becker

09:28 , Sarah Rendell

Boris Becker has warned Djokovic he will face a frosty crowd at the Australian Open if he competes.

The star could still be deported but at the moment he is on track to attempt to defend his title and win his 21st Grand Slam.

Becker told the BBC: “I’m sure there will be a couple of boos and whistles, but he’s used to that.

“He was always a street-fighter who had to fight the odds and win over the crowd, and it was fascinating in last year’s US Open final when they finally embraced him.

“The crowd will be difficult with him but with each match he starts, he will win the crowd and they will embrace him again. But he is going to have a difficult first week.”

Read the full story:

Novak Djokovic in for ‘difficult’ time from Australian crowd, Boris Becker predicts

Djokovic confirmed as top seed

09:22 , Sarah Rendell

The Australian Open have confirmed Djokovic is the top seed in the men’s event despite there being some doubt over whether he will compete.

The star could have his visa re-cancelled in coming days but his preparations for the event have continued with him back on court practicing.

Ashleigh Barty has been named top seed for the women’s competition. She recently won the Adelaide International.

ATP says Djokovic situation “damaging on all fronts"

09:13 , Sarah Rendell

The men’s tennis tour ATP has released a statement about Djokovic’s visa situation and says it is “damaging on all fronts”.

The statement came after the world no. 1 won his appeal to stay in Australia but their immigration minister could still cancel his visa.

ATP said: “Complications in recent days related to player entry into Australia have... highlighted the need for clearer understanding, communication and application of the rules.

“In travelling to Melbourne, it’s clear Novak Djokovic believed he had been granted a necessary medical exemption in order to comply with entry regulations.

“The series of events leading to Monday’s court hearing have been damaging on all fronts, including for Novak’s well-being and preparation for the Australian Open.”

Djokovic appeal win a victory for free speech

09:04 , Sarah Rendell

The Djokovic family took part in a press conference on Monday where they shared their feelings about the situation and celebrated Djokovic’s appeal win.

His father, Srdan, said it was a victory for freedom of speech: “He fought for freedom of thoughts, freedom of speech. It’s been very, very difficult for us, as for everyone in the world who is free-thinking. But he is extremely strong, a fantastic young man who always tries to help, never to harm.”

Read the full story:

Novak Djokovic’s visa appeal is a victory for free speech, father declares

Novak Djokovic father Srdjan Djokovic calls on Queen Elizabeth to intervene

09:00 , Jack Rathborn

Novak Djokovic’s father has called on Queen Elizabeth to intervene in his son Novak Djokovic’s visa drama in Australia.

While Djokovic’s father has also labelled Prime Minister Scott Morrison a “dictator”.

“Autocracy has shown its true face today. Contrary to the decision of the independent court of Australia, dictator Scott ordered the arrest of my son, your world champion, Novak Djokovic, and deportation, banning him from entering the country for three long years,” Srđan Đoković said. “The court showed that law exists in Australia, but Scott dared to take justice into his own hands.

“I call on the Queen of Britain, Elizabeth, the leader of the Commonwealth, to intervene and protect the human rights of my son Novak Djokovic and to stop the political prosecution that has been carried out against him since he came to Australia,” Mr Djokovic said. “I call on all Australians and the whole world to raise their voice against terror, and the brutal human rights violations of the world’s best tennis player.

“Australia has become a dystopia, a mockery of the free world, they treat Novak Djokovic, my son, your world champion, as a political prisoner. As a terrorist in Guantanamo Bay. They deprive him of the right to play, to individuality, to freedom of opinion,” he said. “But I publicly claim: Political beasts will not break it! The whole world can now see a fake democracy led by one Scott.

“Novak is treated by the Australian government as an enemy of the state, not the best tennis player in the world who has always helped Australia with his donations in philanthropy. He is treated by ethnic racists as a lower-class citizen,” he said. “The truth has come to light, Australia is run by political criminals who do not respect individual rights or court decisions. They do not respect the decisions of their court, they do not respect their legal system.

“As of today, Australia is a banana republic and my son took the cross to go down in history as Spartacus standing on the last line of defence of freedom.

“I call on all non-governmental organisations around the world and all people of good will who believe in justice and democracy, as well as the Queen of Great Britain, to get involved and protect Novak Djokovic from the torture against him.”

Nadal: Justice has spoken

08:52 , Sarah Rendell

Rafael Nadal has spoken about Djokovic’s appeal win and says “justice has spoken”.

The world no. 1 won his fight to stay in Australia but more government intervention could come in days. Nadal told Spanish radio station Onda Cero: “Whether or not I agree with Djokovic on some things, justice has spoken and has said that he has the right to participate in the Australian Open and I think it is the fairest decision to do so, if it has been resolved that way.

“I wish him the best of luck. On a personal level, I’d much rather he didn’t play!”

Rafael Nadal slams Novak Djokovic ‘circus’ ahead of Australian Open

What are the political implications?

08:44 , Sarah Rendell

The appeal win on Monday has put the Australian government in a tricky situation. Immigration minister Alex Hawke can still deport Djokovic by re-cancelling his visa but the weight of the situation is reflected in how long he is taking to consider it.

A decision is expected on Wednesday with Djokovic continuing his preparations for the Australian Open in the meantime.

Read below for a full piece on what this could mean for the country’s government:

Novak Djokovic case puts Australian government in no-win situation

Djokovic back on court

08:36 , Sarah Rendell

Djokovic has continued his preparations for the Australian Open, which starts on 17 January, by getting back on court after winning his appeal.

However, it’s been reported he wasn’t welcomed with open arms by other players. It’s said to have been “uncomfortable” when he arrived. He is getting support from some stars though as Venus Williams commented on his Instagram post yesterday saying “win it all”.

Nick Kyrgios ‘embarrassed’ to be an Australian athlete after Novak Djokovic visa debacle

08:30 , Jack Rathborn

Nick Kyrgios admits he is “embarrassed” to be an Australian athlete after the Novak Djokovic visa debacle.

The controversial Australian player is currently recovering from Covid, which jeopardises his participation at the Australian Open, having withdrawn from the Sydney Tennis Classic in the wake of a positive test.

“We know that the media like to create shit-storms, with my story and everything going on with Novak,” Kyrgios said. “I feel quite embarrassed as an Australian athlete who’s seen what this guy has done for us and for the sport. I just don’t think it’s right how we’re handling it, but the media loves to do that, loves to divide.”

While Kyrgios feels optimistic about his participation next week at Melbourne Park.

“I actually don’t feel too bad at the moment and I’m taking all necessary precautions,” he said. “Obviously not ideal a week out of the Aus Open, but I’m going to do everything in my power to feel OK and get out there and hopefully give you all a show.

“I just don’t want this to take away from the Australian summer of tennis. We’ve had a lot of great results, a lot of other Aussies are doing really well.”

“Minister Hawke should cancel the visa"

08:22 , Sarah Rendell

Australia’s immigration minister Alex Hawke is deciding whether or not to deport Djokovic after he won his appeal yesterday.

The Age are reporting former immigration minister for New Zealand, Sir Kerry Burke, believes he should re-cancel his visa.

In a letter, Burke wrote: “If the law requires everybody entering Australia to have two COVID-19 vaccinations, with appropriate time separation between the first and the second and, if Djokovic cannot meet this test, then his attempt to stay in Australia must fail. That will be Minister Hawke’s call and it should be made.

“I understand Tennis Australia’s desire to have this superstar playing in Melbourne, but the absurdity of every spectator needing to be double-vaccinated in order to watch a non-vaccinated player perform is insulting to millions who followed the rules through trying times and would make your great country a laughing stock.

“Minister Hawke should cancel the visa. His authority is clear.”

Novak Djokovic on court at Melbourne Park to step up Australian Open preparations

08:15 , Jack Rathborn

Novak Djokovic has been on court at Melbourne Park today as he steps up his preparation for the Australian Open.

After several days in a hotel waiting for his appeal to quash an order for deportation, Djokovic has moved quickly to shake off any rust ahead of next week’s Grand Slam.

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Did Djokovic attend an event while positive?

08:14 , Sarah Rendell

Djokovic says he tested positive for Covid on 16 December which is how he got his medical exemption to enter Australia for the Open.

However, once this news was made public many pointed out he attended an event and took photos with fans on the 17 December. When his family were asked about the situation on Monday they quickly shut down their press conference and didn’t answer. The star himself is yet to comment on it.

So did he break any rules? Here’s the full story:

Did Novak Djokovic go to a public event after testing positive for Covid-19?

Timeline of events

08:06 , Sarah Rendell

A lot has happened over the last few days concerning Djokovic’s visa in Australia. We are waiting on a decision from immigration minister Alex Hawke as to if he is going to re-cancel the tennis star’s visa.

While he decides, Djokovic is back on court preparing for the Australian Open on 17 January.

But has happened before this point? Here’s a timeline of events:

Timeline of Novak Djokovic’s visa saga in Australia

Wimbledon quarter-finalist says Novak Djokovic has no right to be in Australia

07:47 , Jack Rathborn

Wimbledon quarter-finalist Marton Fucsovics has responded to Novak Djokovic’s vaccination exemption by saying he does not think the Serbian had the right to play in the Australian Open.

Speaking to the Hungarian outlet M4Sport, Marton Fucsovics said: “People’s health is paramount, and there are rules that were outlined months ago, namely that everyone should vaccinate themselves – and Djokovic didn’t.

“From this point of view, I don’t think he would have the right to be here.”

The Hungarian world number 38, who lost to Djokovic in last year’s Wimbledon quarter-finals and in the Paris Masters in November, also said he was not alone in thinking it unfair that Djokovic could play in the Gram Slam despite not being vaccinated.

Wimbledon quarter-finalist says Novak Djokovic has no right to be in Australia

Australian Border Force investigating whether Novak Djokovic made false travel claim

07:21 , Jack Rathborn

The Australian Border Force are investigating Novak Djokovic over a potential false travel claim.

The Serbian claimed that he had not travelled for 14 days before entering Australia.

But this claim appears to contradict several social media posts.

Djokovic was seen in Belgrade on Christmas Day and flew from Spain to Australia, via Dubai, on 4 January.

Djokovic’s fate, despite winning a court appeal on Monday, now lies with Australia’s immigration minister Alex Hawke, meaning he could yet be deported.

It has now been confirmed that Djokovic, in a traveller declaration, filed 1 January, declared “no” when asked: “Have you travelled or will you travel in the 14 days prior to your flight to Australia?”

The declaration comes with a warning that a “serious offence” is caused by providing false or misleading information and may be punishable by civil penalties.

Djokovic spotted training at Australian Open venue

07:12 , Alisha Rahaman Sarkar

Tennis star Novak Djokovic trained at the Australian Open venue in Melbourne Park on Tuesday, a day after he was released from detention.

He was seen at the gym accompanied by coach Goran Ivanisevic before going into the players’ area and heading for centre court, AFP reported.

Djokovic won his visa appeal, what happens now?

06:34 , Alisha Rahaman Sarkar

Novak Djokovic won in his attempt to overturn the decision which would have prevented him from taking part in the upcoming Australian Open.

However, he is still facing the prospect of deportation.

His uncle Goran Djokovic claimed that Australian officials were urging Djokovic to give up his battle or risk being given a three-year ban from entering the country.

Mark Staniforth has more.

Novak Djokovic still facing prospect of deportation despite winning visa appeal

Australian immigration minister unlikely to take decision on Tuesday

06:06 , Alisha Rahaman Sarkar

Immigration minister Alex Hawke is unlikely to take a decision on Tuesday over the cancellation of Novak Djokovic’s visa.

A spokesman for the minister told SBS News that the matter is being considered thoroughly and it would be “inappropriate to comment further”.

Mr Hawke is still considering whether to exercise the personal power of cancellation of the tennis star’s visa in a process that could drag on for a number of days.

Australian PM speaks to Serbian counterpart over Djokovic visa

06:03 , Alisha Rahaman Sarkar

Australian prime minister Scott Morrison on Tuesday spoke to his Serbian counterpart Ana Brnabić about the situation pertaining to Novak Djokovic.

According to Mr Morrison’s office, both the prime ministers agreed to keep in touch over the World No 1’s disputed visa.

During the call, Ms Brnabić asked for the tennis star to be treated fairly and demanded that his rights be respected, according to Serbian news agency Tanjug.

“The PM explained our non-discriminatory border policy and its role in protecting Australia during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Mr Morrison’s office said in a statement.

Djokovic visa row 'damaging on all fronts', says ATP

05:18 , Alisha Rahaman Sarkar

The Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) has welcomed the outcome of Monday’s hearing in Novak Djokovic’s case, while also stating that it still backs “vaccination for all players”.

Following Djokovic’s victory over the Australian government in his visa battle, the ATPsaid that the arguments over his vaccination status have been “damaging on all fronts”.

“The series of events leading to Monday’s court hearing have been damaging on all fronts, including for Novak’s well-being and preparation for the Australian Open,” the ATP, which is the governing body of men’s tennis, said in a statement late on Monday.

The association said it “strongly recommend[s] vaccination for all players on the ATP Tour, which we believe is essential for our sport to navigate the pandemic”.

Djokovic has no right to be in Australia

10:16 , Sarah Rendell

Djokovic has had some support over the past few days but he’s also been met with criticism.

Wimbledon quarter-finalist Marton Fucsovics says Djokovic has no right to be in Australia.

Speaking to the Hungarian outlet M4Sport, Fucsovics said: “People’s health is paramount, and there are rules that were outlined months ago, namely that everyone should vaccinate themselves – and Djokovic didn’t.

“From this point of view, I don’t think he would have the right to be here.”

Read the full story:

Wimbledon quarter-finalist says Novak Djokovic has no right to be in Australia

Did Novak Djokovic go to a public event after testing positive for Covid-19?

Monday 10 January 2022 20:00 , Karl Matchett

Questions continue to mount over Novak Djokovic’s positive Covid-19 test after the tennis player’s family refused to answer whether the world No. 1 had broken self-isolation rules at a press conference on Monday.

Djokovic’s positive result formed the basis of his application for a medical exemption for the Covid vaccine, which was an entry requirement for the Australian Open.

The Serbian had been detained at an immigration facility and his visa revoked following scrutiny of the medical exemption, which had been granted following reviews from two independent medical panels prior to the 34-year-old flying to Australia. But Djokovic’s legal team filed papers to appeal against border control’s original decision, confirming that he had tested positive on 16 December and had recovered from Covid.

Judge Anthony Kelly quashed an order to cancel Djokovic’s visa on Monday and the player resumed training following his release, but his family were then questioned after pictures emerged of Djokovic attending an event in public and without wearing a mask on 17 December.

Here’s what we know about Djokovic’s positive test so far:

Did Novak Djokovic go to a public event after testing positive for Covid-19?

Novak Djokovic ‘subjected to torture’ while fighting deportation from Australia, says mother

Monday 10 January 2022 19:39 , Karl Matchett

Novak Djokovic was “subjected to torture” while fighting deportation from Australia, his mother Dijana Djokovic has claimed.

The Serbian succeeded in an appeal to quash an order for deportation from Australia over his exemption for Covid vaccination.

And at a family press conference following his release to Australia, Dijana claimed her son has suffered greatly but also secured the greatest victory of his career over all 20 Grand Slam titles.

“Thank you for coming. We’re here to celebrate our son Novak, a boy who in his family learned not to put up with lies and cheating,” she said. “He always fought for justice. He’s done nothing wrong, he hasn’t broken any of their laws and he was subjected to torture, to harassment.”

Full report here:

Novak Djokovic ‘subjected to torture’ while fighting deportation from Australia

‘I am not vaccinated’: Novak Djokovic transcripts reveal tense interviews with Australian Border Force

Monday 10 January 2022 19:26 , Karl Matchett

Transcripts have been released detailing the moments Novak Djokovic was detained by the Australian Border Force and told he was being deported.

Djokovic had been held at an immigration facility in Melbourne since Thursday morning, after his visa was cancelled following scrutiny of the medical exemption for the Covid vaccine he had secured to travel to the Australian Open. The 34-year-old was released on Monday following a lengthy hearing after winning his appeal against deportation.

The series of interviews by ABF, which begin at 12.21am on Thursday and end at 7.45am, capture an initial questioning of Djokovic, who was first held at a Melbourne airport, where he revealed: “I am not vaccinated,” and explained that he had tested positive for Covid-19 in December and had blood test results proving he carried the antibodies required to enter Australia.

“I had Covid twice,” Djokovic explains. “I had Covid in June 2020 and I had Covid recently in – I was tested positive – PCR –16th of December 2021.”

He later adds: “I sent the blood analysis for my antibodies and had a sufficient amount and I was granted the access to Australia and I received the documentation that supported my medical exemption and the travel declaration coming from the federal government.”

Full transcript and report here as Djokovic faced questioning and was asked to provide further evidence at “4 o’clock in the morning”:

‘I am not vaccinated’: Novak Djokovic’s tense interviews revealed

Novak Djokovic’s family refuse to answer questions over positive Covid-19 result

Monday 10 January 2022 19:14 , Karl Matchett

The family of Novak Djokovic refused to answer questions surrounding the tennis player’s positive Covid-19 test, adjourning a press conference on Monday when asked why the world No. 1 had appeared to have not followed self-isolation rules upon receiving the result last month.

Djokovic won his appeal against deportation from Australia on Monday after Judge Anthony Kelly quashed an order to cancel his visa following scrutiny over his medical exemption for the Covid vaccine.

The Serbian’s legal team confirmed that Djokovic had returned a positive PCR result for Covid on 16 December and had used that as grounds for applying for a medical exemption, which was granted according to Australian Open regulations following reviews from two independent medical panels.

Djokovic said he was “pleased and grateful” in a social media post as he returned to training following his release from an immigration facility in Melbourne, where he had been held since arriving in the country last week.

Full report here:

Novak Djokovic’s family refuse to answer questions over positive Covid-19 result

Did Novak Djokovic go to a public event after testing positive for Covid-19?

Monday 10 January 2022 18:55 , Karl Matchett

Questions continue to mount over Novak Djokovic’s positive Covid-19 test after the tennis player’s family refused to answer whether the world No. 1 had broken self-isolation rules at a press conference on Monday.

Djokovic’s positive result formed the basis of his application for a medical exemption for the Covid vaccine, which was an entry requirement for the Australian Open.

The Serbian had been detained at an immigration facility and his visa revoked following scrutiny of the medical exemption, which had been granted following reviews from two independent medical panels prior to the 34-year-old flying to Australia. But Djokovic’s legal team filed papers to appeal against border control’s original decision, confirming that he had tested positive on 16 December and had recovered from Covid.

Judge Anthony Kelly quashed an order to cancel Djokovic’s visa on Monday and the player resumed training following his release, but his family were then questioned after pictures emerged of Djokovic attending an event in public and without wearing a mask on 17 December.

Here’s what we know about Djokovic’s positive test so far:

Did Novak Djokovic go to a public event after testing positive for Covid-19?

Novak Djokovic still facing prospect of deportation before Australian Open despite winning visa appeal

Monday 10 January 2022 18:38 , Karl Matchett

Novak Djokovic is still facing the prospect of deportation despite winning an appeal against a decision to refuse him a visa in the Federal Circuit Court of Australia ahead of the Australian Open.

Judge Anthony Kelly quashed the visa cancellation and ordered the Australian Government to pay legal costs and release Djokovic from detention within half an hour.

But Minister for Immigration Alex Hawke is still considering whether to exercise a personal power of cancellation of Djokovic’s visa in a process that could drag on for a number of days.

Meanwhile Djokovic’s uncle Goran Djokovic claimed Australian officials were urging Djokovic to give up his battle or risk being given a three-year ban from entering the country.

A spokesman for Minister Hawke, in a statement released to AAP, said: “Following today’s Federal Circuit and Family Court determination on a procedural ground, it remains within Immigration Minister Hawke’s discretion to consider cancelling Mr Djokovic’s visa under his personal power of cancellation within section 133C(3) of the Migration Act.

“The Minister is currently considering the matter and the process remains ongoing.”

Full report:

Novak Djokovic still facing prospect of deportation despite winning visa appeal

Will Djokovic be able to go to Wimbledon

Monday 10 January 2022 18:10 , Sarah Rendell

With Djokovic’s troubles travelling to Australia without a vaccine, it is starting to raise the question of if he will be met with the same struggles in other countries.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been asked if the world no. 1 will be welcomed at Wimbledon when the tournament takes place in June and July.

He said: “It’s important for the Australian authorities to make their own dispositions.

“All I would say about Novak Djokovic - against whom I’ve played tennis by the way, he’s pretty good - [is that] I believe in vaccination and I think it’s a wonderful thing to do.”

Djokovic’s visa appeal is a victory “for human rights and free speech"

Monday 10 January 2022 17:50 , Sarah Rendell

Djokovic’s father, Srdan, has said his son’s appeal win is a victory for the freedom of speech.

Djokovic resumed training ahead of the Australian Open, and his family gave a passionate press conference in which they hailed the deliverance of “justice”.

“People of the world, thank you for unconditional support,” Djokovic’s father said. “He fought for freedom of thoughts, freedom of speech. It’s been very, very difficult for us, as for everyone in the world who is free-thinking. But he is extremely strong, a fantastic young man who aways tries to help, never to harm.”

Novak Djokovic’s visa appeal is a victory for free speech, father declares

Djokovic’s ordeal described

Monday 10 January 2022 17:30 , Sarah Rendell

Djokovic’s mother Dijana spoke of the “torture” her son has been through since having his visa cancelled a few days ago.

At a press conference, she said: “He always fought for justice. He has done nothing wrong. He hasn’t broken any of their laws and he was subject to torture, harassment and we will hear more about what he had to go through.

“He fought against it and he felt he deserved to be there. Never before have we faced a situation like this this was extremely difficult for us. These six days we have tried to fight for him to make sure the voice his heard around the world. There has been a spectrum of emotions. Sadness, fear, disappointment. There were moments he didn’t have his phone, we didn’t know what was happening. we had no idea if he was ill or if he had ate.

“This is the biggest win of his career. Bigger than any Grand Slam he has won.”

 (EPA)
(EPA)

Djokovic confirms he is unvaccinated

Monday 10 January 2022 17:10 , Sarah Rendell

Djokovic has been ambiguous when asked if he has had the vaccine, not disclosing to reporters if he has had it. But in documents revealed in the appeal hearing it was confirmed that the star has not had his vaccinations.

The world no. 1 therefore had a medical exemption on the basis he had Covid in December. For the full story and entire transcript of his interview with the Border Force when he arrived in Melbourne, click here:

‘I am not vaccinated’: Novak Djokovic’s tense interviews revealed

Recap of today’s events

Monday 10 January 2022 16:50 , Sarah Rendell

A lot of developments have taken place in Djokovic’s fight to stay in Australia today. He won his appeal but could still be deported if immigration minister Alex Hawke wishes.

Djokovic’s family also spoke in a press conference and the star has also broken his silence on the matter.

But where does it go from here? Here’s all you need to know.

Why Novak Djokovic won his visa appeal court case and what happens now

Djokovic speaks after winning appeal

Monday 10 January 2022 16:30 , Sarah Rendell

Djokovic’s family revealed he has been on a tennis court at the press conference and the star has uploaded a photo of him on it.

He has broken his silence on winning his appeal on Twitter, saying: “I’m pleased and grateful that the Judge overturned my visa cancellation. Despite all that has happened,

“I want to stay and try to compete @AustralianOpen I remain focused on that. I flew here to play at one of the most important events we have in front of the amazing fans.

“For now I cannot say more but THANK YOU all for standing with me through all this and encouraging me to stay strong.”

Djokovic is back training for Australian Open

Monday 10 January 2022 16:10 , Sarah Rendell

Djokovic is back on a tennis court for the first time since winning his appeal as he prepares for the Australian Open, which starts on 17 January.

His family spoke at a press conferences about the “torture” the star has been through in the past few days. The world no. 1 could still be deported in coming days if the government decide to re-cancel his visa.

But if he does compete at the event, he’ll attempt to defend his title and become the greatest male tennis player of all time.

Novak Djokovic resumes tennis training after winning appeal over visa

Djokovic’s family “worried” he’ll be deported

Monday 10 January 2022 15:50 , Sarah Rendell

Djokovic could still be deported in coming days depending on if the Australian government decide to re-cancel his visa.

At a press conference this afternoon, his mother Dijana said when a reporter asked how she was feeling about it: “I am very worried but don’t want to think about it.”

The star will attempt to defend his title at the Australian Open when is starts on 17 January.

Djokovic family refuse to answer question

Monday 10 January 2022 15:30 , Sarah Rendell

Questions arose after Djokovic was pictured out in public and maskless on 17 December, one day after receiving the result following a PCR test. Djokovic did not disclose to the public that he had tested positive, unlike when he previously contracted Covid in June 2020.

When asked by journalists about what Djokovic was doing on 17 December, his brother Djordje Djokovic replied: “This press conference is adjourned.”

Read the full story:

Novak Djokovic’s family refuse to answer questions over positive Covid-19 result

Kyrgios tests positive

Monday 10 January 2022 15:09 , Sarah Rendell

There’s been other developments surrounding the Australian Open today as Nick Kyrgios has tested positive for Covid.

The player is due to play in the event which begins in a week’s time and is confident he’ll be able to compete.

He said: “Hey everyone, I just want to be open and transparent with everyone, the reason I have had to pull out of Sydney is because I tested positive for Covid.

“I am feeling healthy at the moment with no symptoms. I wish everyone all the best and to stay safe where you can. If all goes well I will see you at the Australian Open.”

Read the full story:

Nick Kyrgios tests positive for Covid-19 a week before Australian Open

Could Djokovic attend French Open?

Monday 10 January 2022 14:59 , Sarah Rendell

Boris Johnson may have slightly avoided the question about Wimbledon but France sports minister Roxana Maracineanu was much more clear on if Djokovic could attend the French Open.

She said he could attend as a vaccination pass is not compulsory to enter the country.

She told France Info: “We don’t have the same regulations as in Australia for entering the country.

“He may not have to deal with the same regulations as players who have been vaccinated, but he will still be able to take part in the competition because the protocols and the health bubble will allow it.”

Farage accuses officials of “bullying” Djokovic

Monday 10 January 2022 14:49 , Sarah Rendell

Politician Nigel Farage says Australian government officials are “bullying” Djokovic with the “threat” they could deport him in coming days.

Despite Djokovic winning his appeal earlier today, immigration minister Alex Hawke has the right to deport the star if he wishes. That decision has not been made and deliberations are said to be ongoing.

Farage has travelled to Belgrade and has been welcomed by the Djokovic family over the last few days.

Is Djokovic still the one to beat at Open?

Monday 10 January 2022 14:38 , Sarah Rendell

Djokovic’s preparations for the Australian Open have got back underway with the star back on a court today. He won his appeal to stay in Australia and will continue to train while the government decide whether to re-cancel his visa.

The Serbian is arguably still the favourite to the take the crown which would make him the most successful male tennis player of all time. He is currently tied for the most grand slam wins with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

The Open begins on 17 January.

Press conference abrupt end

Monday 10 January 2022 14:29 , Sarah Rendell

Many people have pointed out while Djokovic tested positive on 16 December he attended a public event without a mask a day later.

The ace hasn’t been asked about it directly and so reporters put it to his family at the press conference they held earlier this afternoon. However, the family didn’t answer the question and abruptly ended the conference.

Is Djokovic welcome at Wimbledon?

Monday 10 January 2022 14:21 , Sarah Rendell

With Djokovic’s troubles travelling to Australia without a vaccine, it is starting to raise the question of if he will be met with the same struggles in other countries.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been asked if the world no. 1 will be welcomed at Wimbledon when the tournament takes place in June and July.

He said: “It’s important for the Australian authorities to make their own dispositions.

“All I would say about Novak Djokovic - against whom I’ve played tennis by the way, he’s pretty good - [is that] I believe in vaccination and I think it’s a wonderful thing to do.”

 (PA Wire)
(PA Wire)

Appeal victory win for free speech

Monday 10 January 2022 14:11 , Sarah Rendell

During the Djokovic family press conference his father, Srdan, said the appeal victory was a win for free speech.

It was revealed today that the star isn’t vaccinated and that the exemption he was provided was on the basis he had Covid in December. Srdan said: “He fought for freedom of thoughts, freedom of speech. It’s been very, very difficult for us, as for everyone in the world who is free-thinking. But he is extremely strong, a fantastic young man who always tries to help, never to harm.”

And he believes his son was treated as he was at the airport due to where he is form, adding: “Obviously the fact he comes from small and impoverished country was not something big powerful people liked. They thought they had god-given powers that this world is their world and it is impossible that a young man from a small, poor country can be the best in their sport.”

For the full story, click here:

Novak Djokovic’s visa appeal is a victory for free speech, father declares

“We hope he is free to play"

Monday 10 January 2022 14:01 , Sarah Rendell

Djokovic’s family are hoping the star is able to remain in Australia to compete at the Australian Open in just over a week’s time.

His mother, Dijana, shared worry he could be deported if the government choose to re-cancel his visa in coming days. She said: “I am very worried, but don’t want to think about it. I just hope that it will stay like this, that he will be free and free to play.”

If he wins the event he will become the most successful male tennis player of all time with 21 Grand Slam wins. The reigning Australian Open champion also spoke a short time ago via Twitter thanking his fans for their support.

Novak Djokovic ‘pleased and grateful’ for Australian visa appeal victory

Did Djokovic appear at press conference?

Monday 10 January 2022 13:52 , Sarah Rendell

We were expecting an appearance from Djokovic in the press conference with his family via weblink but he didn’t attend. Instead he shared a tweet, which was the first time he had spoken since winning his appeal earlier today.

The situation continues to unfold with the Australian government able to deport him in coming days if they wish. But at the moment, Djokovic is back on court and preparing for the Australian Open which starts in a week’s time.

For all the detail on what Djokovic said, click here:

Novak Djokovic breaks silence after winning appeal against deportation from Australia

So what was said in the press conference?

Monday 10 January 2022 13:44 , Sarah Rendell

Multiple members of Djokovic’s family spoke in a press conference a few minutes ago and answered reporters questions. The conference was stopped when asked about the star being pictured in public after testing positive.

They were celebrating the star’s victory in winning his appeal and look forward to seeing him compete at the Australian Open. However, they also disclosed what happened to the world no. 1 at the Melbourne airport and the conditions he has been living in since.

For the full story, click here:

Novak Djokovic ‘subjected to torture’ while fighting deportation from Australia

Djokovic’s family “worried” he’ll be deported

Monday 10 January 2022 13:39 , Sarah Rendell

Djokovic could still be deported in coming days depending on if the Australian government decide to re-cancel his visa.

Just moments ago at a press conference, his mother Dijana said when a reporter asked how she was feeling about it: “I am very worried but don’t want to think about it.”

The star will attempt to defend his title at the Australian Open when is starts on 17 January.

So when did Djokovic test positive?

Monday 10 January 2022 13:33 , Sarah Rendell

Djokovic says he has a medical exemption as he tested positive for Covid on 16 December.

NCR tennis podcast star Ben Rothenberg says he has clicked through the QR code and the website said it was negative and then he did it again and it said positive.

Djokovic back on court

Monday 10 January 2022 13:29 , Sarah Rendell

Djokovic is back on a tennis court for the first time since winning his appeal earlier today as he prepares for the Australian Open.

His family spoke just a few moments ago about the “torture” the star has been through in the past few days. The world no. 1 could still be deported in coming days if the government decide to re-cancel his visa.

But if he does compete at the event, he’ll attempt to defend his title and become the greatest male tennis player of all time.

Read the full story:

Novak Djokovic resumes tennis training after winning appeal over visa

Breaking: Djokovic breaks silence

Monday 10 January 2022 13:25 , Sarah Rendell

Djokovic’s family revealed he has been on a tennis court and the star has uploaded a photo of him on it.

He has broken his silence on winning his appeal on Twitter, saying: “I’m pleased and grateful that the Judge overturned my visa cancellation. Despite all that has happened,

“I want to stay and try to compete @AustralianOpen I remain focused on that. I flew here to play at one of the most important events we have in front of the amazing fans.

“For now I cannot say more but THANK YOU all for standing with me through all this and encouraging me to stay strong.”

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