Novak Djokovic, the world’s number one male tennis player, Still under the surveillance of the Australian Border Force (ABF) As of Friday, he is awaiting a visa ruling. The 20-time Grand Slam champion tried to enter Australia with the Australian Open’s COVID-19 vaccine medical exemption. But the court is deciding whether the tournament exemption also applies to the country.
Since 2020, Djokovic has repeatedly refused to disclose his vaccination status. Once said he was “against” vaccination completely. The Australian Open established COVID-19 vaccine regulations for all players on November 19, and Djokovic announced that he received a medical exemption from participating in the tournament on January 4.
But after flying to Melbourne Airport on January 5, ABF detained Djokovic and now threatens to deport him to his hometown of Serbia.
His case is currently on hold until the court adjourns on Monday. Djokovic hopes to stay in Australia to participate in the Open on January 17th in Melbourne and strive to set a record of 21st Grand Slam victory.
Starting from the latest news, you need to know all the information about his situation:
January 6, 2022: Djokovic stays in a quarantine hotel during the lawsuit
In order to postpone his deportation from Australia, Djokovic applied for judicial review of the country’s decision to cancel his visa. Federal Circuit Judge Anthony Kelly stated that he has not yet received an application to review Djokovic’s visa, which means that the earliest time Djokovic can be deported is Monday-when the case will return to court.
according to ESPNDjokovic’s barrister Nick Wood asked the government not to expel him until Djokovic’s case has been thoroughly decided. The judge opposed this idea, saying that Djokovic could theoretically make a “series of appeals” and could stay in Australia as long as he wanted to.
The question about Djokovic’s visa appears to be the details of his COVID-19 vaccine medical exemption. Djokovic said he was granted immunity to participate in the Australian Open, but Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison argued that he was not eligible to participate in the Australian Open.
While Djokovic was waiting, he stayed at the Melbourne Park Hotel.According to reports, the hotels where ABF usually holds detainees face Multiple fires and a Major COVID-19 outbreakAccording to Australia’s SBS World News, detainees at the Melbourne Park Hotel were also provided with food containing maggots and mold.
January 5, 2022: Australia denies Djokovic entry
The day after Djokovic announced that he would participate in the Australian Open, the country cancelled the 34-year-old player’s visa and denied him entry.according to age, Djokovic’s visa did not grant a medical exemption for the COVID-19 vaccine, forcing him to stay in the ABF detention facility at Melbourne Airport for eight hours.
Novak Djokovic’s father, Srdan Djokovic, told the Serbian media that if he was not released within 30 minutes, his son would be “captured” and called on people to “gather on the street” “. At the same time, Morrison had a completely different view of this situation.
“Rules are rules, especially when it comes to our boundaries. No one can override these rules,” Morrison wrote on Twitter. “Our strong border policy is vital to Australia being one of the countries with the lowest death rate from the new coronavirus in the world, and we will continue to remain vigilant.”
Serbian President Alexander Vucic also intervened in this matter, calling Djokovic himself and demanding his immediate release.
“I told Novak that the whole of Serbia is with him, and our bodies are doing everything they can to ensure that the harassment of the best tennis players in the world ends immediately,” Vucic said in a post on Instagram. “According to all the norms of international law, Serbia will fight for Novak, truth and justice. As we all know, Novak is powerful.”
January 4, 2022: Australian Open grants Djokovic medical exemption
Djokovic revealed Australian Open grants him medical exemption, Cleared the way for his participation in Melbourne. The nine-time Open champion announced the news via Twitter.
Less than an hour later, the spokesperson of the Victorian Government explain National decision. Djokovic, like other players seeking to avoid the COVID-19 vaccine through a medical exemption, has gone through a two-stage process to meet the criteria. The first stage is to submit an application to the Australian Tennis Association, and the second stage is to review by the Independent Medical Exemption Review Panel (IMRP).
To obtain a medical exemption, the player must have an acute illness or contract COVID-19 in the past six months, among other reasons. Djokovic has no known acute illness. The last time he reported testing positive for COVID-19 was in June 2020-six months have passed.
December 29, 2021: Djokovic withdraws from Australia’s ATP Cup
With 19 days left before the Australian Open, Djokovic withdrew from another Australian game. Djokovic withdraws from the ATP Cup The match was held in Sydney three days before the start, forcing Serbia to let Dusan Lajovic get his squad in the 16-nation team competition.
Unlike the Australian Open, the ATP Cup does not set vaccination requirements for players. However, some people believe that Djokovic’s withdrawal from the ATP Cup is a precursor to the final absence of the Australian Open.
A few days ago, Australian Open director Craig Terry strongly suggested that Djokovic would not receive special treatment because of the game’s vaccine policy.
“If Novak appears in the Australian Open, he will either be vaccinated or get a medical exemption,” Terry said. protector.
November 29, 2021: Djokovic’s father says Novak “may not” participate in the Australian Open
Srjan Djokovic expressed serious doubts about his son’s participation in the 2022 Australian Open. In an interview with Serbian TV, Srdjan Djokovic explains why the vaccine policy of the tournament may prevent Novak from defending his title.
“Under these extortions and conditions, he may not [play]. I would not do that. He is my son, so you decide for yourself,” Srdjan Djokovic said, according to BBC Sport. “…As far as vaccines and non-vaccinations are concerned, it is the personal right of each of us whether to be vaccinated or not… …. No one has the right to enter our intimate relationship. “
Srdjan Djokovic insisted on his intimacy policy. He said he did not know the vaccination status of his son and would not tell the public if he knew.
November 19, 2021: Australian Open announced that players must be vaccinated against COVID-19
Australian Open announced All players must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to participate in the 2022 eventThis is the first time that a Grand Slam tournament requires players to be vaccinated.
Initially, federal authorities stated that if unvaccinated players such as Djokovic were quarantined in Melbourne for 14 days, they could participate in the Australian Open. But Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews requires every player to be vaccinated because all fans and employees will do the same.
“This is a direction you can take. You can ensure the safety of everyone. All teams understand this,” said Australian Open director Craig Terry. New York Times“Our customers need to be vaccinated. All staff at the Australian Open need to be vaccinated, but when we are in a state where more than 90% of the population is fully vaccinated-they do a great job that-that is correct way of doing.”
The policy did not affect most people, as ATP Chairman Andrea Gaudenzi stated that “over 80%” of the top 100 men’s singles players were vaccinated in November. However, this will definitely affect Djokovic.
October 1, 2021: Victoria requires professional athletes to be vaccinated
To slow the spread of the Delta variant of COVID-19, the state of Victoria, Australia-the host city of the Australian Open-has set up a vaccination task for 1.25 million authorized workers. The order requires workers to receive the first dose of vaccine before October 15th and the second dose before November 26th, otherwise they will face the risk of being deported from the workplace.
Professional athletes are one of the trustees, which doubts Djokovic’s participation in the Australian Open. Djokovic has repeatedly refused to disclose whether he was vaccinated, and requests like Victoria seem to be his main objection to being stabbed.
Djokovic said: “My problem with vaccines is if someone forces me to put something in the body.” New York Times Last June. “I don’t want it. It’s unacceptable to me.”
Djokovic also stated that he was “against vaccination” during April 2020. Facebook live chat, And him Accuses the media of spreading “fear and panic” among the crowd Talk to the vaccine.