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Australian Immigration Minister Alex Hawke uses his powers to reimpose visa cancellation; World No 1 Novak Djokovic was not detained or deported overnight, but will be back under detention from 8am Australian time (9pm GMT); Djokovic is scheduled to play in Australian Open on Monday

Last Updated: 14/01/22 4:56pm


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Andrew Castle thinks that Djokovic might face some issues playing in future tournaments as he faces deportation from Australia

Andrew Castle thinks that Djokovic might face some issues playing in future tournaments as he faces deportation from Australia

We answer the key questions and provide the latest updates as Novak Djokovic’s battle to compete in the Australian Open takes another turn after his visa was cancelled for a second time.

In a nutshell, what’s happened?

World No 1 Djokovic flew to Australia with a ‘vaccine exemption’ and arrived in Melbourne on Wednesday January 5, but was denied entry into the country after nine hours at the airport. The Serb’s visa was cancelled due to it not being one that allows for medical exemptions, after which he was moved to hotel quarantine as his team launched an appeal.

On the evening of Monday January 10 local time, Judge Anthony Kelly from the Federal Circuit Court of Australia quashed the visa cancellation and ordered the Australian Government to pay legal costs and release Djokovic from detention within half an hour.

However, after four days of deliberation, Immigration Minister Alex Hawke decided to use his personal powers and reimpose the penalty on Friday.


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Djokovic’s defence of his Australian Open title is in doubt – we explain the current situation and how it affects the world’s best tennis player

Djokovic’s defence of his Australian Open title is in doubt – we explain the current situation and how it affects the world’s best tennis player
January 4 – Djokovic announces he will be travelling to Australia with an ‘exemption permission’.
January 5 – While Djokovic is airborne, Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison says the athlete will be on the “next plane home” if he cannot provide “acceptable proof” that his exemption is legitimate.
Acting Sports Minister Jaala Pulford highlights that the local government of Victoria, where the Australian Open is held, will not support Djokovic’s visa application.
The world No 1 arrives at Melbourne Airport around 11.30pm local time.
January 6 – Around 3.15am, Djokovic’s father reports that his son is being held in isolation in Melbourne Airport.
At 5am, Goran Ivanisevic releases an image on social media of himself and another member of Djokovic’s team seemingly waiting for the world No 1. The post is captioned, ‘Not the most usual trip Down Under’.
Around 8.15am local time, Djokovic’s visa is confirmed to have been denied by the Australian Border Force.
Djokovic is moved to quarantine hotel while his legal team appeal visa cancellation.
The appeal against his visa cancellation is adjourned until Monday (Jan 10) morning Australian time.
January 7 – Australia Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews says Djokovic is “free to leave any time” and is not being detained.
Djokovic breaks silence in Instagram post on Friday, thanking his fans for their “continuous support”.
January 8 – Submission from Djokovic’s lawyers on Saturday reveals positive Covid-19 test in December.
January 9 – Home Affairs Minister Andrews has a submission to delay the hearing until Wednesday (Jan 12) rejected by Judge Anthony Kelly.
Submission from Australian government lawyers says Djokovic had not been given an assurance he would be allowed to enter the country with his medical exemption.
January 10 – Djokovic wins appeal. Judge Anthony Kelly quashes visa cancellation, and orders the Australian Government to pay legal costs and release Djokovic from detention.
Djokovic takes to social media to confirm that he remains intent on competing at the Australian Open.
The ATP condemns the series of events as “damaging on all fronts” and calls for greater clarity going forward regarding travel regulations and requirements facing players.
January 14 – Immigration Minister Alex Hawke cancels Djokovic visa for second time
Djokovic was not detained on Friday night but will be on Saturday morning before a meeting with immigration officials
Hearing with Federal Court of Australia set for Sunday

What happens next for Djokovic?


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Andy Murray says the situation surrounding Novak Djokovic’s latest visa being revoked is not good but refused to criticise the Serbian

Andy Murray says the situation surrounding Novak Djokovic’s latest visa being revoked is not good but refused to criticise the Serbian

The parties have already been back in court and a resolution to this saga will not come until Sunday at the earliest with the Serb set to play his first-round match against compatriot Miomir Kecmanovic at the Australian Open on Monday.

Hawke cited “health and good order grounds” and said he believed it was in the public interest to send Djokovic home.

The decision to overturn the initial revocation was made because the border force did not follow procedure rather than because the judge concluded they did not have grounds.

Djokovic was not detained on Friday night but will be on Saturday morning before a meeting with immigration officials. He will then be able to spend time with his lawyers building a case before being taken to a detention hotel – possibly the Park again – for Saturday night ahead of the hearing on Sunday.

Some in Belgrade believe Djokovic had been made a political scapegoat by the government of Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who must hold an election by May.

“I note the Minister for Immigration’s decision in relation to Mr Novak Djokovic’s visa. I understand that following careful consideration, action has been taken by the Minister to cancel Mr Djokovic’s visa held on health and good order grounds, on the basis that it was in the public interest to do so. This pandemic has been incredibly difficult for every Australian but we have stuck together and saved lives and livelihoods.”

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison

What if he loses his appeal? What are the implications?

The world No 1 would be deported and the Australian Open draw would need to be rejigged. Should the decision come before an order of play for Monday is announced – which is just about feasible – the seeds would be moved and fifth seed Andrey Rublev would take Djokovic’s place.

Should it come after, a lucky loser would slot in, unbalancing the top section of the draw which also includes Cameron Norrie, Alexander Zverev and Rafael Nadal.

If Djokovic is deported, he could be banned from entering Australia for three years, although that penalty can be waived.


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Sky Sports’ Rob Jones says Djokovic’s hopes of playing in the Australian Open are likely to be over after his visa was cancelled for a second time

Sky Sports’ Rob Jones says Djokovic’s hopes of playing in the Australian Open are likely to be over after his visa was cancelled for a second time

What happened during Monday’s court hearing?

Lawyers representing the Australian state presented their case, while Nick Wood represented the world No 1 and put forward their case on why his deportation should be quashed and visa reinstated.

They stated that Djokovic had declared he cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons and pointed to guidance that states vaccination can be deferred for six months if an infection of Covid-19 is confirmed through a PCR test.

Djokovic said during his interview with Border Force at Melbourne Airport that he has had Covid-19 twice – once in June 2020 and once again in December 2021, confirmed by PCR on December 16, 2021.

Djokovic also produced medical exemption documents from Tennis Australia and a panel of experts established by Victoria’s state government


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Djokovic has won an appeal against a decision to refuse him a visa in the Federal Circuit Court of Australia ahead of the Australian Open

Djokovic has won 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 expressed his sympathy with Djokovic’s situation and said he was “agitated” about the issue of Djokovic’s medical exemption. He asked: “What more could this man have done?”

“Here, a professor and an eminently qualified physician have produced and provided to the applicant a medical exemption,” Judge Kelly said.

“Further to that, that medical exemption and the basis on which it was given was separately given by a further independent expert specialist panel established by the Victorian state government and that document was in the hands of the delegate.”

Djokovic’s lawyer, Nick Wood, has argued the notice of intention to cancel his visa was defective because it was made on “a confusing blend of two grounds”.

He also argued that Djokovic was treated at the airport as if access to lawyers “couldn’t possibly” be of assistance in the matter and was not given a reasonable chance to respond to the notice.

The court released a transcript of Djokovic’s interview with Border Force , during which the Serb confirmed he has had Covid-19 twice and is not vaccinated.

In the transcript, when asked why he was travelling to Australia, Djokovic said: “I’m a professional tennis player and the main reason for me coming to Australia is participating in the Australian Open in Melbourne, Victoria.”

In response to a question about his vaccination status, he said: “I am not vaccinated.”

When asked if he had ever had Covid-19, Djokovic replied: “I had Covid twice, I had Covid in June 2020 and I had Covid recently in – I was tested positive -PCR – December 16, 2021.”

Is Novak Djokovic vaccinated?

Djokovic has still never publicly revealed whether he is vaccinated against Covid-19, but has repeatedly criticised mandates ruling that players must be double-jabbed.

However, the court released a transcript of Djokovic’s interview with Border Force, during which the Serb confirmed that he is not vaccinated.


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Djokovic’s mother Dijana says her son is being treated like a ‘prisoner’ in poor conditions in his quarantine hotel.

Djokovic’s mother Dijana says her son is being treated like a ‘prisoner’ in poor conditions in his quarantine hotel.

In the transcript, when asked why he was travelling to Australia, Djokovic said: “I’m a professional tennis player and the main reason for me coming to Australia is participating in the Australian Open in Melbourne Victoria.”

In response to a question about his vaccination status, he said: “I am not vaccinated.”

In April 2020, Djokovic said on a Facebook Live chat he was “personally opposed to vaccinations,” while his wife, Jelena, has promoted discredited social media messages linking Covid-19 to 5G technology.


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Djokovic’s core appeal documents have revealed to the public that he has asked for a medical exemption based upon a recent positive Covid-19 test and a valid visa

Djokovic’s core appeal documents have revealed to the public that he has asked for a medical exemption based upon a recent positive Covid-19 test and a valid visa

What are Australia’s current rules of entry?

Australia currently requires all foreign visitors entering the country to be double vaccinated, and to hold a valid and appropriate visa.

There are medical exemptions whereby some travellers may enter the country unvaccinated, but all of these are viewed and assessed alongside visas by Australia Border Force upon the traveller’s arrival to immigration.

The 2022 tournament due to start on Monday, January 17.
The draw is set to take place on Thursday, January 13.

Australia Prime Minister Morrison also confirmed Australia Border Force outlined expectations of the federal government to Tennis Australia in letters sent in November regarding vaccinated and unvaccinated entry, and a recent Covid infection was not a valid reason.

Criteria listed by the Australian Technical Advisory Group as permissible reasons for a medical exemption range from acute major medical conditions to any serious adverse event attributed to a previous dose of Covid-19 vaccine.

Why did Australia Border Force deny him entry?

Upon landing in Melbourne, in addition to the visa error, Djokovic’s ‘vaccine exemption’ was deemed not sufficient for border officials with regard to entry into a country that has strict requirements.

The Serb was held for more than nine hours at the airport before ultimately being denied entry, as the federal government has a higher authority than previous decisions and statements made by Tennis Australia, which had been endorsed by the state government.


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Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said that ‘rules are rules’ after Djokovic was denied entry into the country ahead of the Australian Open

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said that ‘rules are rules’ after Djokovic was denied entry into the country ahead of the Australian Open

An Australian Border Force (ABF) statement read: “Mr Djokovic failed to provide appropriate evidence to meet the entry requirements to Australia, and his visa has been subsequently cancelled.

“Non-citizens who do not hold a valid visa on entry or who have had their visa cancelled will be detained and removed from Australia.

“The ABF can confirm Mr Djokovic had access to his phone.”


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Australian Health Minister Greg Hunt said that Djokovic’s exemption ‘did not pass the standards of proof that were required by the Australian Border Force’ after he was denied entry to the country

Australian Health Minister Greg Hunt said that Djokovic’s exemption ‘did not pass the standards of proof that were required by the Australian Border Force’ after he was denied entry to the country

Who initially granted Djokovic a vaccine exemption?

Having been originally named in Serbia’s team for the ATP Cup in Sydney, Djokovic then withdrew, leading to mystery surrounding his participation in the 2022 Australian Open.

Last Tuesday, Djokovic then revealed on his social media channels that he had been given an “exemption permission” to travel and play at the Australian Open without a Covid-19 vaccination. The response in Australia and around the world was hugely negative.

Happy New Year! Wishing you all health, love & joy in every moment & may you feel love & respect towards all beings on this wonderful planet.

I’ve spent fantastic quality time with loved ones over break & today I’m heading Down Under with an exemption permission. Let’s go 2022! pic.twitter.com/e688iSO2d4

— Novak Djokovic (@DjokerNole)

January 4, 2022

The Australian Open released a statement saying his medical exemption had passed a ‘rigorous, multi-step’ review, which involved two separate independent panels of medical experts.

These were an expert panel made up of doctors from the fields of immunology, infectious disease and general practice, and the Independent Medical Exemption Review Panel appointed by the Victorian Department of Health.

Tennis Australia – the sporting body which runs Australia’s Grand Slam – and the Victorian Department of Health had drawn up and finalised plans for Covid-19 vaccination protocols for the Australian Open, and were the ones who granted Djokovic his initial medical exemption.

What were the issues with Djokovic’s visa?

Having landed in Melbourne at around 11.30pm local time on Wednesday evening on a flight from Dubai, the 20-time grand slam winner reportedly attempted to enter the country on a visa that did not permit medical exemptions for being unvaccinated.

According to reports, Djokovic and his team submitted the wrong type of visa, which caused heavy delays at the airport.

When Border Force contacted government officials in Victoria to sponsor the visa, they refused to do so.

Indeed, the local government of Victoria, the state where the Australian Open is played, said it would not support Djokovic’s application, with Acting Sports Minister Jaala Pulford confirming as much in a statement on social media.

Update on #AusOpen2022

The Federal Government has asked if we will support Novak Djokovic’s visa application to enter Australia.

We will not be providing Novak Djokovic with individual visa application support to participate in the 2022 Australian Open Grand Slam.

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— Jaala Pulford MP (@JaalaPulford)

January 5, 2022

Why was Djokovic in public after alleged positive test?

On Saturday, a filing submitted by Djokovic’s lawyers ahead of the appeal hearing revealed that his medical exemption is based upon a positive Covid-19 test from December.

In court documents, it was stated the Serb recorded a positive test on December 16, and has “not had a fever or respiratory symptoms of COVID-19 in the last 72 hours”.

However, Djokovic then began facing fresh questions as to why he was pictured in public on the day he claimed he tested positive for Covid-19.

An honor to receive my very own Serbian stamp. Thank you to my generous country for this rare gift! I’m humbled!! Excited to share we’ll partner with the Serbian National Postal Service on @novakfoundation projects for every child to have the opportunity to attend preschool ?? pic.twitter.com/Ww8Zma95NU

— Novak Djokovic (@DjokerNole)

December 17, 2021

The world No 1 attended an event on December 16 at the Belgrade headquarters of the Serbian national post office, which was honouring him and his career with the release of a series of stamps.

Djokovic posted pictures from the event – in which he is seen maskless – on his Twitter account on December 17.

It is unclear if Djokovic knew he had Covid when he attended the event.

What have the Australian Government said?

“There are no special cases, rules are rules,” PM Morrison has said.

“We will continue to make the right decisions when it comes to securing Australian borders in relation to this pandemic.”

Mr Djokovic’s visa has been cancelled. Rules are rules, especially when it comes to our borders. No one is above these rules. Our strong border policies have been critical to Australia having one of the lowest death rates in the world from COVID, we are continuing to be vigilant.

— Scott Morrison (@ScottMorrisonMP)

January 5, 2022

Australian Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews said Djokovic could opt to return home and is “free to leave any time”, amid claims he is being “held captive”.

On Sunday, in its submission for the appeal hearing, the Australian government said it had not given Djokovic any assurance he would be allowed to enter the country because of the medical exemption he possessed.

The government’s submission said the department’s email was not an assurance “that his so-called ‘medical exemption’ would be accepted”, and his responses could be questioned and verified on his arrival.

The submission also challenged details relating to Djokovic’s alleged positive test, saying: “There is no suggestion that the applicant had “acute major medical illness” in December 2021. All he has said is that he tested positive for Covid-19.”

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The Norwegian international has joined City on a two-and-a-half-year deal and will wear the No 41 shirt for the remainder of the season.

The 20-year-old, who is a versatile talent capable of playing in multiple positions, scored 17 goals in 35 appearances for Rosenborg after joining them in 2020.

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Ralf Rangnick will take his side to the Etihad on Sunday 6 March, with kick-off at 4.30pm. Later in the month, Man Utd will take on Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday 20 March, as United face a vital month in their push for a top-four finish.

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Hayden Kerr hit a brilliant unbeaten 98 but controversy marred the end of Sydney Sixers’ thrilling four-wicket win over Adelaide Strikers in the Big Bash League Challenger; Sixers replaced the injured Jordan Silk for the last ball but Kerr hit it for four to seal a spot in Friday’s final

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Hayden Kerr hit an unbeaten 98 as the Sydney Sixers beat the Adelaide Strikers to reach the BBL final

Hayden Kerr hit an unbeaten 98 as the Sydney Sixers beat the Adelaide Strikers to reach the BBL final

Hayden Kerr scored a blistering 98 not out from 58 balls as Sydney Sixers booked their place in the Big Bash League final with a thrilling and controversial four-wicket win over Adelaide Strikers in the Challenger.

Set 168 to win, the Sixers needed to go at more than 11 an over for the last five overs of their chase and even after a match-altering 55-run stand between Kerr and Sean Abbott (41 from 20 balls), they required 12 runs from the last at the SCG.

They proceeded to lose wickets from the next two balls with Jordan Silk sent in at No 8 despite being burdened by a hamstring injury, he got off strike with a single before Kerr thumped the next ball for six and the easy two that followed left the Sixers needing two to win from the last delivery.

It was at that stage that the Sixers, much to the Strikers’ displeasure, called for Silk to retire hurt to allow them a healthy runner at the non-striker’s end. No rules were broken but it could be argued that it went against the spirit of the game.

Ultimately, it proved somewhat incidental as Kerr whipped the last ball through midwicket for four, after a fumble in the deep, to send the Sixers into the final where they will meet Perth Scorchers on Friday.


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There was last-ball controversy after the Sixers exploited a rule loophole that allowed them to sub out an injured batter. But was it in the spirit of the game?

The drama for the Sydney franchise started before the game even began with opener Josh Philippe ruled out late on after testing positive for Covid-19, while, with only 12 players available and a second attempt to get Steve Smith back into the side blocked by the BBL, assistant coach Jay Lenton was drafted in to keep wicket nearly two years on from his last competitive game.

Having cobbled together an XI, the Sixers won the toss and asked Adelaide to bat first. Veteran spinner Steve O’Keefe (1-21) removed Alex Carey (1) in the first over and Abbott then got rid of Matthew Short (6) and Travis Head (3) inside the powerplay to leave the Strikers 21-3.

Englishman Ian Cockbain (48 from 42) and Jonathan Wells (62no from 47) rescued the innings with a stand of 83 before the latter added an unbroken 63 with Matt Renshaw (36no from 20) to take the Strikers up to 167-4.

All-rounder Kerr was promoted to open in Philippe’s absence and was the driving force through the first three-quarters of the innings as the rest of the top order struggled to get going.

Abbott came in at No 6 with the Sixers needing 67 from 35 balls and, with Kerr showing signs of tiredness, took on the mantle as he smashed two fours and two sixes to keep his side in the game.

Kerr thumped the last ball of the match for four to seal a thrilling win for the Sixers

He was dismissed from the first ball of the last over by Harry Conway (2-37), Ben Dwarshuis was then run out without facing a ball as he came back for a second to keep Kerr on strike.

Kerr held his nerve with 10 needed from three balls, heaving a six over cow corner before managing to ignore the controversy that proceeded the last delivery to hit the winning runs and spark wild celebrations in front of a jubilant home crows.

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