Novak Djokovic live news updates: Tennis star detained after visa cancelled over fears of civil unrest

Andy Murray calls Australia’s decision to cancel Novak Djokovic’s visa ‘unfortunate’

Border officials detained Novak Djokovic again after Australian Immigration Minister Alex Hawke canceled his visa. Djokovic’s legal team immediately launched an appeal against the decision, calling it “completely illogical” and claiming Hook’s decision was based on government concerns that Djokovic’s appearance at the Australian Open, which begins on Monday, could spark anti-vaccine sentiment in the country.

Djokovic’s final appeal hearing is now set to a federal court at 9:30 am on Sunday in Melbourne (10:30 pm tonight in the UK), with Judge David O’Callaghan to decide the player’s fate. If his legal team assigned to appeal wins, Djokovic will face fellow Serbian Miomir Kikmanovic in the first round on Monday night, where he is expected to receive a hostile reception from the crowd. If the government wins its case, Djokovic will be deported.

It emerged on Friday that Hook based his conclusion not on the validity or invalidity of Djokovic’s medical exemption but on the possibility of his continued presence in the country to stoke anti-vaccination sentiment and threaten public order. Hook referred to Djokovic’s status as a “prominent non-vaccinated person who has publicly indicated that he opposes vaccination against Covid-19” and said he has “publicly expressed anti-vaccination sentiment”.

Follow the latest news below as Djokovic battles for his chance to play in the Australian Open.

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The latest Novak Djokovic news as the Australian Open approaches

A 15-minute procedural hearing was held on Saturday morning (AEDT) to confirm Djokovic’s transfer to immigration custody.

Judge O’Callaghan ruled that the immigration minister must file and submit any amended application by midday Saturday, and that Djokovic must submit his written subpoena at the same time.

Djokovic’s lawyers have requested that the appeal be heard before a full three-judge court, while the Australian government has requested that it be heard before only one judge in order to maintain the appeal in the case.

Immigration officials interviewed Djokovic on Saturday morning, but he was allowed to spend Friday night at his private residence in Melbourne despite his visa being revoked. Australian.

Lawrence OstlerJan 15 2022 10:46

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Djokovic’s visa canceled due to fears of civil unrest

It emerged on Friday that Hook based Australian immigration on his conclusion not on the validity or invalidity of Djokovic’s medical exemption but on the possibility of his continued presence in the country to stoke anti-vaccination sentiment and threaten public order.

Hook referred to Djokovic’s status as a “prominent non-vaccinated person who has publicly indicated that he opposes vaccination against Covid-19” and said he has “publicly expressed anti-vaccination sentiment”.

Lawrence OstlerJan 15 2022 10:35

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Murray refuses to ‘kick Djokovic as he goes down’

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Andy Murray took a more conciliatory tone after his victory over Riley Opelka in Sydney, saying: “It’s not a good situation. I’m not going to sit here and start kicking Novak while he’s down. It’s not a good situation for anyone.”

“I just want it to be clearly resolved. I think it would be good for everyone if that was the case. It seems to have been around for a long time now, and it’s not great for tennis, not great for the Australian Open, not great for Novak.”

Lawrence OstlerJan 15 2022 10:12

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He also admitted that his declaration form falsely claimed that he had not traveled in the 14 days prior to his trip to Australia, which he attributed to a mistake by his agent.

There have been heavy criticisms of the Australian government’s handling of the situation, but public opinion is in full support of Djokovic’s repatriation.

There was also a lack of sympathy from fellow players, many of whom were skeptical about taking the vaccine, with world number four Stefanos Tsitsipas telling India’s WION news channel: “A very small group chose to go their own way and it kind of seems like the majority are all idiots.”

Lawrence OstlerJan 15 2022 09:55

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The true depth of Djokovic’s belief in alternative treatments was exemplified by his staunch opposition to surgery in 2017. Despite suffering from near-unbearable pain in his elbow, Djokovic failed to reach the Grand Slam semi-finals in a calendar year. For the first time in more than a decade, he was insisting that a cure could be found through holistic medicine.

When he finally died in February 2018, Djokovic claimed that he cried for three days after waking up from the operation. “Every time I thought about what to do, I felt like I had failed myself,” he said. He has won eight of the four Grand Slams he has played since.

Lawrence OstlerJan 15 2022 09:42

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The situation has dominated global news since Djokovic was arrested at Melbourne airport last Thursday morning after Border Force officials concluded he did not have the correct papers to enter the country.

The nine-time Australian Open champion was granted an exemption by Tennis Australia from strict coronavirus vaccination rules for arrivals in the country by virtue of his testing positive last month.

Two other people – Czech player Renata Vorakova and an official – were later told with the same exemption that they could not stay in the country and left before Judge Anthony Kelly ruled in Djokovic’s favor on Monday.

Djokovic flew straight to Melbourne Park after his release and has trained every day since, including early Friday morning, but his hopes of staying in the country appeared to fade as the week went on after his behavior was revealed after his positive test.

Lawrence OstlerJan 15 2022 09:36

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The latest Novak Djokovic news as the Australian Open approaches

Djokovic has been waiting since the judge reversed the original decision on Monday to see if Hook would use his powers to reimpose the sentence.

Just before 6pm (7am UK time) on Friday, Hook released a statement saying: “Today I have exercised my power under Section 133c(3) of the Immigration Act to cancel the visa of Mr Novak Djokovic on health and good order on the grounds that it is from It is in the public interest to do so.

This decision followed orders from the Federal Circuit and the Family Court on January 10, 2022, to overturn the prior cancellation decision for reasons of procedural fairness.

“In making this decision, I have carefully considered the information provided to me by the Department of Home Affairs, the Australian Border Force and Mr Djokovic.

“The Morrison government is deeply committed to protecting Australia’s borders, particularly in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic.”

The decision means Djokovic also faces a three-year ban from the country, which could mean he will not play again at the Australian Open, although that could be waived.

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Hook also placed great importance on Djokovic’s admission that he attended an interview with L’Equipe last month despite knowing he had tested positive for Covid-19 and argued that Australians might follow suit.

“I have also considered the fact that Mr Djokovic has, in the past, demonstrated a clear disregard for the necessity of isolation after receiving a positive Covid-19 test result,” he said.

Djokovic’s release from custody on Monday led to police pepper-spraying his supporters and Hook pointed to the possibility of civil unrest, though his lawyers will say on Sunday that the same could result from his deportation.

Meanwhile, Hook rejected Djokovic’s arguments that canceling his visa would be seen as politically motivated or jeopardizing the ability of the country hosting the Australian Open.

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Lawrence OstlerJan 15 2022 09:05

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Hook referred to Djokovic’s status as a “prominent non-vaccinated person who has publicly indicated that he opposes vaccination against Covid-19” and said he has “publicly expressed anti-vaccination sentiment”.

Hawke said he believes that not canceling the visa could encourage Australians not to get vaccinated, adding pressure on the health service.

“I believe his continued presence in Australia may pose a danger to the good order of Australian society,” he said.

Lawrence OstlerJan 15 2022 08:52

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