Australia Djokovic met minister and junior tennis players maskless day after infection

06:37  09 january  2022
06:37  09 january  2022 Source:   theage.com.au

Novak Djokovic's Australian Open vaccine exemption has been cancelled. Here's all you need to know

  Novak Djokovic's Australian Open vaccine exemption has been cancelled. Here's all you need to know The Australian government cancelled Novak Djokovic's visa on Thursday morning after much speculation, but how did it get to this point?But how exactly did he get so close to entering Australia in the first place?

Novak Djokovic met a Serbian government minister and attended a children's tennis event without a mask the day after he is said to have tested positive for COVID-19.

Court documents revealed on Saturday that the World No. 1, who remains in detention in Melbourne, claims to have learnt of his infection on December 16.

Tennis Australia had informed players seeking a vaccine exemption to apply by December 10. It is not clear if Djokovic had made any application for an exemption before that date.

But on December 30, his exemption to play in the Australian Open was approved by Tennis Australia and the Victorian government. Djokovic received an exemption certificate from the chief medical officer of Tennis Australia based on his prior infection. That exemption noted that he had tested positive for COVID on December 16 but had not had a fever or other symptoms in the preceding 72 hours.

Serbia demands Australia move Novak Djokovic to a nicer hotel

  Serbia demands Australia move Novak Djokovic to a nicer hotel Australia's ambassador to Serbia has been hauled in to face demands that Novak Djokovic be moved to a nice hotel while he is in immigration detention.The intervention comes as Acting Victorian Premier Jacinta Allan revealed Tennis Australia did not inform her government about Morrison government letters stating a prior COVID infection - the basis for Djokovic's exemption - would not be accepted as a genuine exemption.

However, on January 6, when he landed in Melbourne, the federal government assessed that a prior infection in the past six months was not sufficient grounds to enter the country as an unvaccinated person.

On December 14, Djokovic had attended a basketball match between Red Star Belgrade and Barcelona. He posed for photos with Barcelona player Nigel Hayes-Davis, who the basketball club announced was infected the next day, December 15. Captain Pierre Oriola and player Kyle Kuric tested positive later that month.

On the day Djokovic claims to have learnt of his positive PCR test result, December 16, he was reported in local media to have attended a Serbian Postal Service event to commemorate a new postage stamp created in his honour.

Tennis Australia's controversial exemption plea revealed

  Tennis Australia's controversial exemption plea revealed More details have emerged on Tennis Australia's polarising bid to get unvaccinated players into Australia for the grand slam.A report by the Sydney Morning Herald has revealed Tiley's letter to the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI), which was sent on November 10.

It's unclear if he attended the postal service function before or after he learnt of his positive result. European and Serbian media published reports on the event about 5pm local time.

Also on December 16, English cricketer Kevin Pietersen posted on Instagram a photo of himself with Djokovic in Belgrade.


On December 17, the day after his positive result, the Tennis Federation of Serbia said he attended an event to award top junior players. Pictures show Djokovic without a mask with the children.

On the same day, he met with a Serbian minister to mark the purchase of new scanning equipment to speed up the diagnosis of COVID-19 patients at Dragisa Misovic Clinical Hospital. In a Serbian government media release, Djokovic was quoted as saying the community needed to work together to support the health workers treating COVID-19 patients.

Novac Djokovic prepares to defend Australian Open legacy in Melbourne courtroom

  Novac Djokovic prepares to defend Australian Open legacy in Melbourne courtroom The eyes of the world will not descend not on Rod Laver Arena's Centre Court today but instead on the Federal Circuit and Family Court as Novak Djokovic fights to play in the Australian Open. The Serb, who has won the Australian Open a record nine times, was a strong favourite to add another title to his resume before having his visa cancelled upon arrival in Melbourne.Djokovic's campaign to solidify himself as the greatest to ever play the game has now been sidetracked by hotel detention, an impending court battle and the possibility he may never get the chance to win his 10th Australian Open.

"The health care system is under a constant pressure, and I hope that this scanner of the latest generation will succeed in easing some circumstances and enabling a larger number of people to get the best diagnostics in a short time," he said in a statement.

Djokovic will attempt to overturn his visa cancellation in a Federal Court hearing on Monday. In documents filed on Saturday, his lawyers claim he received correspondence from the Department of Home Affairs on January 1 stating Djokovic's Australia Travel Declaration had been assessed and his responses "indicated that he met the requirements for a quarantine-free arrival into Australia where permitted by the jurisdiction of [his] arrival".

The letter Djokovic's lawyers claim allowed him to travel to Australia without quarantining did not guarantee his entry into Australia, this masthead has learnt.

Djokovic filled out an Australia Travel Declaration using an app and declared he was exempt from needing to be vaccinated because he was infected within the past six months. The app provides a prospective traveller with a preliminary indication of their eligibility to enter Australia.

Djokovic domino-effect sparks $30m 'problem'

  Djokovic domino-effect sparks $30m 'problem' A lot of people are angry at Novak Djokovic. But that doesn't mean the world No.1 will be abandoned by his sponsors.The world’s top-ranked men’s tennis player is the top seed and defending champion at the Australian Open. But it’s unclear if he can compete Monday after Australian officials again revoked his visa because he lacks a COVID-19 vaccine, leaving his attorneys to appeal his possible deportation.

However, the result is based on the declarations of the applicant and does not provide final approval for a person to enter.

The first thorough test of a person's evidence to prove their vaccination exemption occurs when they arrive in the country and their paperwork is scrutinised by border officials, a source familiar with the process said.

Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt declined to answer specific questions about the federal government's assessment of Djokovic's exemption application on Sunday morning. "As this is now a matter before the courts I'll respectfully leave any commentary until it is heard by the courts," he said.

Mr Hunt confirmed the second Australian Open player who entered the country using the same exemption, Renata Voráčová, had voluntarily left the country after her visa was cancelled.

On the third day of daily protests against Djokovic's detention led by Djokovic's family in Belgrade overnight, his father Srdjan again gave political speeches, as well as false claims about Serbian history, and took aim at Australian authorities.

"This has nothing to do with sport, this is a political decision. We are not angry with the Australian people, but their politicians. They let him come in and win the 10th grand slam, but this is no longer the Open, it is closed. Unfortunately for them, this has nothing to do with tennis anymore, without Novak that's just not it and they know it," Srdjan Djokovic said.

British broadcaster and former leader of the anti-immigration UK Independence Party Nigel Farage said on Saturday he was speaking to the Djokovic family. "He was … arrested, his phone and wallet taken," Farage wrote on Twitter.

"If they can do this to the world's No 1 tennis player, just think what they could do to you."

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Djokovic match has me glued to my seat .
The longer this farce drags on, the more closely it resembles a grand slam. If this back and forth was a tennis match, all parties would be competing for the same prize: the glory of saying, "I was right".It's unclear who's in the lead at this point. It's roughly a deuce, with Immigration Minister Alex Hawke cancelled Novak Djokovic's visa on Friday. It's tough to guesstimate the winner but let's look back at how the game has unfolded so far. Here's a play-by-play.

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