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Australia ‘Lightning rod': the world reacts to Novak Djokovic's visa cancellation

06:32  15 january  2022
06:32  15 january  2022 Source:   brisbanetimes.com.au

Novak Djokovic's last-ditch attempt to stay in Australia to begin

  Novak Djokovic's last-ditch attempt to stay in Australia to begin Lawyers for the world No.1 will argue the federal government had no grounds to cancel his visa for a second time.Lawyers for the world No.1 will argue the federal government had no grounds to cancel his visa for a second time in the Federal Court at 9.30am.

READ MORE: Novak Djokovic ' s tumultuous trip to Melbourne for the Australian Open: A timeline. Former world No.1 Boris Becker told the BBC the decision shows "no tennis player is bigger than a tournament. "We have to concentrate, as sportsmen or women, back on the action on the court, not " Novak Djokovic ' s slim Australian Open hopes reliant on last-ditch appeal," the headline read. The BBC kept the competition out of it, with a headline that simply read: " Novak Djokovic : Australia to detain tennis star on Saturday after visa cancelled ". Former Serbian tennis players Janko Tipsarevic

The decision to send Novak Djokovic home has sparked a huge reaction from people across the globe following the hotly anticipated announcement on Friday afternoon. Australian Immigration Minister Alex Hawke made the decision just before 6pm AEDT, cancelling the nine-time Australian Open Djokovic admitted to incorrectly filling out his Australian Travel Declaration form when he ticked a box saying he had not travelled in the 14 days before flying to Australia, despite proof he had gone from Serbia to Spain in the two weeks before departing for Melbourne. However, the world No 1 said his

The Australian government's decision to cancel Novak Djokovic's visa has triggered a wave of support from a COVID-weary global public, as well as fresh condemnation from the player's dedicated fans.

After Immigration Minister Alex Hawke's decision focused attention on the world's No. 1's longstanding views on the vaccine and the pandemic, many of Djokovic's fellow Serbian citizens were critical of Australia.

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, on social media, asked: "If you wanted to forbid Novak Djokovic to win the [Australian Open] trophy for the 10th time, why didn't you return him immediately, why didn't you tell him that it was impossible to get a visa?"

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 decision to send Novak Djokovic home has sparked a huge reaction from people across the globe following the hotly anticipated announcement on Friday afternoon. Australian Immigration Minister Alex Hawke made the decision just before 6pm AEDT, cancelling the nine-time Australian Open Djokovic admitted to incorrectly filling out his Australian Travel Declaration form when he ticked a box saying he had not travelled in the 14 days before flying to Australia, despite proof he had gone from Serbia to Spain in the two weeks before departing for Melbourne. However, the world No 1 said his

Serbia's Novak Djokovic practices on Rod Laver Arena ahead of the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Jan. 12, 2022 © AP / Mark Baker. Australian immigration authorities have detained Novak Djokovic , arguing that although the Serbian’s medical exemption from the Covid-19 Responding to the fresh visa cancellation , Djokovic ’ s lawyer told Federal Circuit Court Judge Anthony Kelly on Friday that the Australian minister’s argument appears to be “starkly different” from the one put forward by border officials when they cancelled the Serbian’ s visa for the first time.

"Why do you mistreat him, why do you harass him, as well as his family and a nation that is free and proud?"

The Serbian Tennis Federation said the decision of Australian authorities to cancel Djokovic's visa was a result of political pressure.

The federation said denying the nine-time Australian Open champion the right to play was "unacceptable for the entire sports world on the planet and contradicts the sacred Olympic principles, which are well known".

"The new visa cancellation, caused by political pressures, has led to a new dragging of not only the Serbian, but also the world sports ace through courts and detention," it said.

Serbian Aleksandar Petrovic told Reuters: "Australians are dragging him around like an old rag ... they are ready to burn world's No.1 because of politics."

Novak Djokovic appeals against visa cancellation in Federal Court hearing ahead of Australian Open

  Novak Djokovic appeals against visa cancellation in Federal Court hearing ahead of Australian Open Lawyers for Novak Djokovic tell the full bench of the Federal Court that Immigration Minister Alex Hawke has misinterpreted media reports about the tennis star's views on vaccination, and the level of support he receives from anti-vaxxers. They also say the minister failed to produce evidence the tennis star could fuel anti-vaccination sentiment by staying in Australia.The full bench of the Federal Court began sitting on Sunday morning to hear Djokovic's appeal against his visa cancellation.

"Today I exercised my power under section 133C(3) of the Migration Act to cancel the visa held by Mr Novak Djokovic on health and good order grounds, on the basis that it was in the public interest to do so. "This decision followed orders by the Federal Circuit and Family Court on 10 January 2022, quashing a prior cancellation decision on procedural fairness grounds. Man tried to lie every step of the way. Antivax people really are fucking stupid. the world gonna become a version of Wall-e very soon.

Nicholas Wood, Djokovic ’ s counsel, has expressed concern about security and “a potential media circus” if Djokovic is taken into detention at his solicitors’ offices, a location identified now publicly in the hearing. Wood said: “I can’t see any practical disadvantage for him to be taken into detention at a location agreed between parties but not one announced to the world .” Novak Djokovic ’ s lawyers continue to fight this with the same stubbornness that the Serb brings to a baseline rally. Today’s hearing – taking place late on Friday evening in Australia, and now late morning in the UK – has been

"He won nine grand slams (in Australia) and they are treating him like some wretched migrant because of their own problems," said Djordje Simic.

But reaction was decidedly less supportive of Djokovic elsewhere.

Washington Post columnist Max Boot expressed frustration with Djokovic's anti-vaccination sentiment: "If Djokovic wants to continue playing tennis, he needs to get vaccinated — and to stop trying to circumvent the pandemic requirements that apply to everyone else."

"He needs to decide if he is going to be the No. 1 men's tennis player in the world or the No.1 anti-vaxxer. He can't be both."


Video: Novak Djokovic's visa cancelled (9News.com.au)

Germany's Der Spiegel wrote: "With his attempt to play in the Australian Open as a committed anti-vaxxer, and with his subsequent battle with immigration authorities, Djokovic has become a hero to corona truthers and conspiracy theorists around the world - and a pariah for all those who side with science and see vaccination as the only way out of this accursed pandemic."

Astonishing twist looming in Djokovic visa war

  Astonishing twist looming in Djokovic visa war There is an extraordinary twist looming in the Novak Djokovic visa fight ahead of the Australian Open, according to a 4BC host.Breen is among several journalists reporting that Djokovic will have his visa cancelled by Immigration Minister Alex Hawke today.

Australia cancels Novak Djokovic ’ s visa again, plans to re-detain him ahead of court battle. Citing a health risk, Australia has revoked tennis star Novak Djokovic ’ s visa for a second time on Jan. 14, just days before the start of the Australian Open. (Reuters). A skeptic of coronavirus vaccines with a history of other questionable medical beliefs, Djokovic has seen his standoff with the Australian government transform him into a lightning rod for the global vaccination debate. When he was held in a hotel in Melbourne, hundreds of supporters sang and danced, including fellow Serbs, tennis fans

Novak Djokovic ’ s Australian visa has again been cancelled days before the start of the Australian Open on the basis his presence could “excite anti-vaccination sentiment”. On Friday, the Australian immigration minister, Alex Hawke, exercised a personal power to cancel Djokovic ’ s visa , likely to The decision means that Djokovic could be effectively barred from re-entering Australia for three years unless he can show in future bids that compelling circumstances exist, such as compassionate or Australian national interest grounds. In a statement Hawke said he cancelled the visa “on health and

Others saw larger changes afoot in the Djokovic saga. Simon Briggs of The Telegraph of London, wrote that "the lessons of recent history suggest that the wealthy and powerful are increasingly able to bend reality to their will. "

"But perhaps the pandemic offers a shift in this trend."

"Everyone has had to make some kind of sacrifice in the last couple of years. And with his science-free ramblings and wilful disregard of safety protocols, Djokovic has become a lightning rod for the frustrations of Australia - the world's most locked-down nation.

Even within Serbia, support for Djokovic was far from universal.

"Their country, their rules," Jovo Tadic said in Belgrade, Serbia's capital. "If Australia tells you to get vaccinated to enter, do it - or face problems."

The holder of 20 Grand Slam titles is revered as Serbia's greatest athlete, but many in Belgrade say his refusal to be vaccinated may now blight his career.

"I think he'll have a problem in other tournaments as it seems vaccination will be mandatory for all of them ... he'll have to do it if he wants to stay at the top," said Belgrader Marko Stanic.

Border Force investigating other Australian Open players after Djokovic ban

  Border Force investigating other Australian Open players after Djokovic ban Federal authorities have also not ruled out banning Djokovic from the country for three years after cancelling his visa.Federal authorities have also not ruled out banning Djokovic from entering the country for three years, as the Serbian star's father declared his son was being held in "Australian captivity" and had become the "the symbol and the leader of the free world".

Although Djokovic has not campaigned against vaccination, he has spoken about the benefits of alternative approaches to health and nutrition.

"He can either vaccinate to remain world No.1 - or he can be stubborn and end his career," said Ana Bojic.

Australia has endured some of the world's longest lockdowns and has seen a sharp spike in cases due to the Omicron variant.

Closer to home, former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd took a sceptical view of the Morrison government's timing.

"What a surprise! Morrison's govt cancels #Djokovic's visa to win the weekend media cycle—showing us all how hairy chested he is. Why on earth did they issue the visa in the first place? One big political distraction from empty shelves & the national shortage of boosters & RATs," he said in a tweet.

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Djokovic met minister and junior tennis players maskless day after infection .
The tennis champion may have picked up the virus at a basketball match where he met with a player who later tested positive to 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.

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