NOVAK Djokovic can still play at the Australian Open, even if his visa is canceled today.
The 34-year-old Serbian and currently world number one tennis player faces the cancellation of his visa by Australian Immigration Minister Alex Hawke today.
As of now, no decision has been made, and government sources have accused Djokovic’s team of “stomping their feet” by filing more paperwork recently.
Djokovic is the first seed of the tournament that begins on Monday but doubts remain over whether he can make it.
The anti-vaxxer visa was canceled once and then a court re-issued it on Monday in a lengthy saga.
Mr Hawke is now expected to announce his decision on Friday.
If the decision to cancel Djokovic’s visa is made, his representatives have said they will launch an immediate appeal in court against any attempt to deport him.
While getting an urgent hearing late on Friday or over the weekend would be a problem, it’s not impossible.
With any appeal proceeding, it would allow Djokovic to stay in the country and enter the competition.
Former Australian tennis star Sam Groth insists Djokovic’s case has revealed a double standard with other players having to be vaccinated to be allowed to compete in the prestigious Open.
“A lot of players have decided to get vaccinated, like it or not, to be able to come and play the Australian Open,” he told Channel Nine’s Today Show on Friday.
“A lot of players have made that decision just to be able to go to Melbourne Park. It’s a rule for Novak and a rule for everyone else.”
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Not only does Djokovic want to play at the Australian Open, but winning would put him in the history books as the man with the most Grand Slam titles ever with 21 wins.
He is currently ranked first with rivals Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer, who both hold 20 Grand Slam titles.
Djokovic will face tennis player Serb Miomir Kecmanovic, ranked 78 in the world, in the first round of the tournament unless the government moves to expel him.
It came after it surfaced Djokovic may have broken Spain’s emergency travel rules when he visited Marbella last month, a report asserts.
The Daily mail says the 20-time Grand Slam champion may have breached the country’s entry requirements.
Spanish diplomatic sources are said to have confirmed that Djokovic had failed to seek approval before leaving Belgrade after Christmas. The government last night ordered an investigation.
Djokovic’s PR team declined to comment, citing the “sensitivity and complexity” of the case.
Serbian admits he broke the isolation rules after testing positive for Covid-19 and said it was a “false of judgment”.
‘ERROR OF AUDIT’
In an Instagram post, the Serbian tennis star confessed that he met a journalist two days after he tested positive in Belgrade, before he went Down Under.
“I want to emphasize that I have gone to great lengths to ensure everyone’s safety and compliance with my inspection obligations,” he wrote.
“I attended a basketball game in Belgrade on December 14 then it was reported that several people tested positive for Covid-19.
“Despite no Covid symptoms, I did a rapid antigen test on December 16th which came back negative and out of an abundance of caution, I also did an official and approved PCR test on the same day. that day.
“The next day I attend a tennis event in Belgrade came to give the prize to the child and had a rapid antigen test before going to the event, the result was negative.
POSITIVE PCR TEST
“I was symptom-free and feeling well, and I didn’t get notified of a positive PCR test result until after that event.
“The next day, December 18, I was at my tennis center in Belgrade to make a long-term commitment to an interview and photo shoot on L’Equipe. I canceled all events. other case.
“I felt obliged to go ahead and do the L’Equipe interview because I didn’t want to let the journalist down.
“[I ensured] I stay away from society and wear a mask unless my picture is taken. “
Djokovic’s statement also addresses a major error in his travel declaration, published by Australia’s Federal Circuit and Family Court earlier this week.
The anti-vaxxer ticked the box claiming he had not traveled to any other country in the 14 days before departing for the Australian Open in Melbourne.
He attributed it to “human error” on behalf of his agent.
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