Djokovic’s deportation decision delayed as star is forced to stay in quarantine hotel



TENNIS star Novak Djokovic will stay in a quarantine hotel until at least Monday after his Australian visa has been significantly revoked – and he could be deported to DAYS.

The world’s number 1 anti-vaccine was trapped in the Melbourne hotel after being detained at the city’s airport for nine hours.

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Djokovic was pictured arriving at the Australian border on Wednesday before being arrestedCredit: Reuters
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Serbian Djokovic, 34, triggered a backlash after being granted a vaccine exemption to enter the competition.

He has not openly spoken about his vaccination status, but last year he admitted he was “opposed” to the vaccination.

The 20-time Grand Slam winner announced he was heading to Australia on an “exemption permit” on January 4.

But the Australian Border Force confirmed that Djokovic’s visa was revoked after arriving at the Australian Open around 11:15 p.m. local time yesterday.

Djokovic’s request for an injunction against the visa cancellation was filed for a hearing later today in the Federal Circuit and Family Court.

But a judge adjourned proceedings until 10 a.m. on Monday, which means Djokovic faces an uncertain weekend in hotel quarantine.

He did not appear online at the hearing but was represented by lawyer Nick Wood SC.

The hearing was adjourned twice on Thursday afternoon because the necessary documents had not been received.

But Judge Anthony Kelly postponed the hearing to Monday, to allow lawyers for the government and the player to file comments.

Government attorney Christopher Tran told the court: “It would not be fair to anyone for a decision to be made today … that is not on the table.

The judge also asked if Djokovic would have access to his hotel’s tennis facilities to allow him to train before the hearing.

It is understood that he has been asked to spend the night in quarantine at the Park Hotel in Carlton, where angry fans have gathered outside.

The tennis star was rushed to an airport room after landing from Dubai and was guarded by armed police.

‘DRAW ATTENTION’

Tournament organizers initially confirmed that her medical exemption was granted by two independent medical panels organized by Tennis Australia and the state of Victoria.

But after arriving from Dubai on Wednesday, border officials said he had “failed to provide appropriate evidence” of his entry.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison denies allegations that Djokovic, who won the Aussie Open nine times, was being singled out and that no one was above the country’s rules.

He added: “When you get people making public statements – about what they say they have, what they’re going to do and what their demands are – well, they bring a lot of attention to themselves.

“There are no specific cases, the rules are the rules. We will continue to make the right decisions when it comes to securing Australia’s borders from this pandemic.”

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic then found himself embroiled in the quarrel, contacting the star directly to offer his support.

He then summoned the Australian ambassador to the country to discuss the issues the Serbian was facing.

President Aleksandar Vucic added that the star was being “harassed” and said “all of Serbia” supported him.

Angry Djokovic supporters gathered outside his hotel

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Angry Djokovic supporters gathered outside his hotelCredit: Reuters
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Tennis superstar Rafael Nadal punched down his rivalCredit: AP

Two other people have been confirmed to have their medical exemptions reviewed – after using the same documents as Djokovic.

Djokovic’s father, Srdjan Djokovic, said: “This is not just a fight for Novak, but a fight for the whole world.

Former Australian Open tournament director Paul McNamee told local media the visa turnaround was unprecedented, saying it “smacked” of politics.

Tennis superstar Rafael Nadal has denounced his bitter rival Djokovic over the dramatic series of events – urging everyone to ‘get the shot’.

Nadal, world No. 6, is also preparing to compete in the grand slam on January 17 after testing positive for covid in December.

He said, “The world has suffered enough. To get vaccinated. If he wanted to, he would play here in Australia with no problem.

“I went through COVID. I have been vaccinated twice. If you do this, you will have no problem playing here. This is the only thing clear.

“The rest of the stuff, I don’t want to have or give you an opinion that I don’t have all the information.

“The only thing clear to me is that if you get vaccinated you can play the Australian Open and anywhere, and the world in my opinion has suffered enough that they don’t follow the rules.”

“ABOVE AND BEYOND”

Health Minister Greg Hunt sent Tennis Australia CEO a letter making it clear that people who tested positive for Covid-19 within six months do not qualify for exemption to enter the country.

In the series of letters, seen by The Sun, references to questions posed by CEO Craig Tiley regarding unvaccinated people wishing to go to the competition.

Mr Hunt wrote: ‘I can confirm that people who have contracted Covid-19 in the past six months and seek to enter Australia from overseas, and have not received two doses of an approved vaccine or recognized by the Therapeutic Goods Administration are not considered fully vaccinated. “

The letter also states that it is the individual’s responsibility to ensure that they qualify for travel to Australia.

Another letter to Mr Tiley from the Federal Department of Health also states that a past infection with Covid was not a “contraindication to vaccination”.

Previously, Mr Tiley had announced that Djokovic had obtained an exemption under the guidelines, and it was up to the tennis star to disclose the reasoning behind that.

He said for tennis players it was a process “beyond” what anyone traveling in the country would face.

Australia has a vaccination registry, to which travelers can be added if they are found to be exempt from vaccination.

Mr Hunt’s letter stated that the Australian vaccination registry is only applicable for national purposes and does not apply in the context of international borders.

To get vaccinated. If he wanted to, he would play here in Australia with no problem.

Rafael Nadal

A statement from the Australian Border Force read: “The ABF can confirm that Mr. Djokovic did not provide the appropriate evidence to meet the requirements for entry into Australia, and his visa was subsequently canceled.

“Non-nationals who do not hold a valid visa on entry or whose visa has been canceled will be detained and deported from Australia.

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

The star has previously been criticized for her anti-vaxx views and blatantly ignored medical advice during the global pandemic.

During the lockdown, the star openly flouted lockdown rules by partying with hundreds of fans in Belgrade after breaking Roger Federer’s record for the most weeks as the world’s No. 1 male.

The star and her family watched the fireworks unfold in front of a massive crowd at their restaurant.

He was seen wearing a mask for some of the celebrations, but no social distancing measures were in place.

He organized the controversial Adria Tour exhibition last year, which took place without social distancing in Belgrade and Zadar, Croatia.

Videos then surfaced of Djokovic and other players partying at a nightclub, without the top off.

After the grotesque tour, where the sportsman, his wife and three other people tested positive for the virus, he apologized.

Djokovic has been criticized by Briton Andy Murray and Nick Kyrgios for his chaotic decision-making.

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It is understood the star was detained at the Park Hotel

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It is understood the star was detained at the Park HotelCredit: Getty
Australian Health Minister Greg Hunt sent series of letters to Australian Open CEO

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Australian Health Minister Greg Hunt sent series of letters to Australian Open CEO
Many fans have expressed their support for the Serbian champion

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Many fans have expressed their support for the Serbian championCredit: Getty
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