Australia cancels Novak Djokovic’s visa for the second time

Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates beating Marin Cilic of Croatia in match 2 of Davis Cup semifinals at Madrid Arena on December 3, 2021.

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Tennis star Novak Djokovic has had his visa canceled again ahead of the Australian Open as excitement mounts over his Covid-19 vaccination status.

It comes after Djokovic won a court battle on Monday to remain in the country after his visa was originally revoked. The 34-year-old Serbian national was arrested at an immigration facility last week after arriving in Melbourne ahead of the Australian Open because officials said he flouted the country’s strict entry requirements, which require visitors to be vaccinated against Covid.

Monday’s court ruling meant Djokovic’s visa remained valid and he was released from custody. But the Australian government has now acted again.

“Today I exercised my authority under Section 133C(3) of the Migration Act to annul Mr Novak Djokovic’s visa on grounds of health and good order, as it was in the public interest to do so,” Australian Immigration Minister Alex Hawke said in a statement on Friday.

Djokovic, a vocal vaccine skeptic who is aiming for a record-breaking 21st Grand Slam title, initially had his passport confiscated on January 5 after customs officials ruled he did not have adequate medical justification for a vaccination exemption.

Australian decide overturns tennis star Novak Djokovic’s visa cancellation

Novak Djokovic from Serbia celebrates the win against Marin Cilic from Croatia in the second game of the Davis Cup semi-finals at the Madrid Arena on December 3, 2021.

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Tennis star Novak Djokovic has won his court battle in Australia after his visa was canceled due to his Covid-19 vaccination status prior to the Australian Open.

Australian federal judge Anthony Kelly read the verdict in a virtual emergency court hearing on Monday. “The court orders as follows: Paragraph 1, the delegate’s decision to cancel the applicant’s subclass 048 visa for temporary activities dated January 6, 2022, is repealed,” he said.

This means that Djokovic’s visa will remain valid. He is released from custody and receives back his passport and other items confiscated in custody.

The 34-year-old Serbian national and world number one was arrested at an immigration office last week after arriving in Melbourne before the Australian Open for allegedly violating the country’s strict entry regulations, which require visitors to be vaccinated against Covid-19. Djokovic, a vocal vaccine skeptic, had his visa revoked and his passport confiscated after customs officials ruled that he did not have adequate medical justification for a vaccination exemption.

Judge Kelly scored points in Djokovic’s defense on Monday, demanding to know what more the athlete could have done to meet Australia’s entry requirements. The government admitted Monday that it did not give Djokovic and his team enough time to respond after informing him of the cancellation of his visa.

But the saga is not over yet – Australia’s immigration minister can still intervene personally and cancel his visa for new reasons. If Minister Alex Hawke decides to take these measures, Djokovic could face another legal battle and a possible ban on tennis in Australia for up to three years.

History sparked the vaccine requirements debate and put Australia’s tough Covid measures in the spotlight, which saw Australians endured some of the longest and strictest bans in the world. While the case enraged Djokovic fans in the country and around the world, many in Australia resisted the idea that a millionaire tennis player might be able to disregard their country’s laws if no one else could was.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison criticized Djokovic, saying “rules are rules”. But, ironically, Judge Kelly’s justification for his decision on Monday was referring to this very statement: “We all play by the same rules. The reason this Secretary of the Interior has agreed to the delegate’s decision in this process.” [to cancel the visa] should be set aside for the reasons given in the notation. In other words: these rules were not followed. “

Daniil Medvedev ends Novak Djokovic’s hopes of Grand Slam

Russia’s winners Daniil Medvedev (R) and Serbia’s Novak Djokovic hold their trophies after the men’s final of the 2021 US Open tennis tournament at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on March 12.

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Novak Djokovic’s hopes for a calendar grand slam and the 21st major came to an end after Daniil Medvedev put in an impressive performance to defeat the world number 1 in the US Open final.

Djokovic dreamed of becoming only the third man, after Don Budge (1938) and Rod Laver (1962 and 1969), to sweep all four majors in the same year.

To increase the weight of the story on his shoulders, with the victory he would have left his great rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal behind and would have been the first man to ever have won a 21st individual slam title.

But Medvedev put an end to his chances with a phenomenal performance and made it into a Grand Slam final 6: 4, 6: 4, 6: 4 for the third time, in order to at least hit the younger generation with a real blow against the old guard offset.

Medvedev said: “First of all I want to apologize to you fans and Novak because we all know what he was up to today and I just want to say what you have achieved this year and throughout your career – I never said that to anyone.” but I’ll tell you right away, for me you are the greatest tennis player in history.

“I want to thank my team. It is not an easy journey to win a slam, but I am really grateful to you for helping me throughout the journey.”

The Russian turned to the crowd and added: “Then I want to thank you guys. Today you may have been a little more for Novak, but that’s totally understandable. All week you gave me a lot of energy. It helped me today It wasn’t easy, but thank you very much.

“Lastly, I want to end my speech on a very sweet note. Today is my third anniversary for me and my wife and during the tournament I couldn’t think of a present or anything. When I won, the only thing I thought was if I’m losing, I don’t have time to find a gift so I have to win this game. I love you Dasha. “

Medvedev was beaten well by Djokovic in the Australian Open final in February, but he showed in the opening set that he wouldn’t make the same mistakes by setting up a clinic and only giving up three points on serve.

Djokovic dropped his opening game by 40-15 and was unable to touch Medvedev afterwards. The Russian never gave up his lead and became the fifth player in a row at the US Open to drop Djokovic’s first set.

Things did not go according to plan for the Serb, whose service and volley tactics did not worry Medvedev in the battle for the top two seeds.

Medvedev played in his third and second Grand Slam finals that year after losing to 34-year-old Djokovic at the Australian Open. He got into the match after losing just one set while putting on a show of brutal tennis along the way.

The rhythm just wasn’t in Djokovic’s legs and he seemed physically impaired, be it tension, fatigue, or a combination of both.

It wasn’t long before his frustration boiled over in game four of the second set. After failing to implement a few breakpoints, he repeatedly destroyed his club on the court and received a warning.

Medvedev took advantage of the moment with a break to 3: 2 and served the set to slip on one of the first Grand Slam titles.

His aggressive game seemed way too much for Djokovic and he broke through the resistance of the top seed again, this time in the opening game of the third set.

Djokovic looked worn down when Medvedev sealed a second break from his serve to take a 3-0 lead. The Russian served for the title but collapsed at the finish to give the break back to the world number 1.

An emotional Djokovic covered his face with his towel and sobbed before he turned 10.

Medvedev made a double fault again on his second match point, but Djokovic scored on the third and Medvedev fell to the field to cheer and was the first man since Rafael Nadal in 2010 and the second since Ivan Lendl in 1987, who only had one on the way to the title Lost sentence in New York.

In tears, Djokovic, whose insatiable desire to win was always accompanied by an extremely commendable grace in the event of defeat, said: “First of all, I would like to congratulate Daniil, great game, great tournament.

“If there is anyone now who deserves a Grand Slam title, then you are so good at it.”

He turned to the crowd and added, “I’ve been thinking of both scenarios, imagining how I’m standing here in front of you and what I would say.

“I want to say tonight that even if I didn’t win the match and I’m the happiest man in the world, my heart is full of joy because you made me feel very special on the pitch.”

Jamie Murray explains why Novak Djokovic’s NBA-style bubble thought can be troublesome to drag off in tennis

Jamie Murray says quarantine for long periods is “not good for your sanity” while also acknowledging that Novak Djokovic’s proposal to implement an NBA-style bubble would be “very difficult” to replicate in tennis.

The world’s best tennis players had to self-isolate for 14 days in Melbourne and Adelaide before the Australian Open 2021.

The players were only allowed to train for a short time each day and when the sport finally got going, several players were fighting mentally and physically.

World number 1 Djokovic, who sustained an injury en route to winning a ninth Australian Open trophy, said the majority of players do not want to continue the season if it means going through multiple quarantine periods.

He also came up with the idea of ​​an NBA style bubble for tennis where all events are held in the same location.

Novak Djokovic reveals that talks about the future of the tennis season are ongoing

Doubles specialist Murray admits that he and his partner Bruno Soares aren’t sure when they’ll be returning to the ATP Tour, but says the current situation is not healthy.

“We’re not entirely sure what we’re up to, but we want to play in Acapulco and Miami, assuming they go on as planned next month,” he wrote on his BBC Sports column.

“We should have exceptions through the ATP in order to travel and take part in competitions. There is the added stress for the players of getting flights without knowing if you will test positive on arrival and then sitting in your room in quarantine for long periods of time.

“It is not a great preparation for your sanity. It’s a strange time and I don’t know how long it will go on.

“Novak Djokovic recently launched the idea of ​​an NBA-style bubble. In an ideal world, the tour would move to one country for six or seven weeks and host a variety of tournaments.

“In reality, it is obviously very difficult because the tour does not run the tournaments.

“Hopefully the world can be vaccinated and we can once again compete in a normal world with people who are free to watch us play.

“But it still feels like we’re far from it.”

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