Novak Djokovic LIVE UPDATES: Tennis star could face JAIL TIME, government could RE-CANCEL visa, Australian Open latest

NOVAK DJOKOVIC is waiting to find out if he can compete in this year's Australian Open after winning a court appeal to stay in the country.

The Serb isn't vaccinated for Covid-19 and was denied entry into Australia last week despite obtaining an exemption against the jab.

And despite winning his appeal today, there are reports suggesting he may have his visa re-cancelled by the Australian government.

That would mean he is banned from travelling to the country for another three year.

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  • Giacomo Pisa

    More from Djokovic isolation admission

    Djokovic's post continued: "The next day I attended a tennis event in Belgrade to present awards to children and took a rapid antigen test before going to the event, it was negative.

    "I was asymptomatic and felt good, and I had not received the notification of a positive PCR test until after that event.

    "The next day on Decemeber 18 I was at my tennis centre in Belgrade to fulfil a long-standing commitment for a L’Equipe interview and photoshoot. I cancelled all other events.

    "I felt obliged to go ahead and conduct the L'Equipe interview as I didn't want to let the journalist down.

    "[I ensured] I socially distanced and wore a mask except when my photograph was being taken."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Djokovic admits to breaking isolation

    Novak Djokovic has ADMITTED breaking isolation after testing positive for Covid-19 in an "error of judgement".

    In an Instagram post the Serbian tennis star has confessed that he met with a journalist two days after he tested positive in Belgrade, before his arrival Down Under.

    He wrote: "I want to emphasise that I have tried very hard to ensure the safety of everyone and my compliance with testing obligations.

    "I attended a basketball game in Belgrade on December 14 after which it was reported that a number of people tested positive with Covid-19.

    "Despite having no Covid symptoms, I took a rapid antigen test on December 16 which was negative, and out of an abundance of caution, also took an official and approved PCR test on that same day."

  • Alex Terrell

    Djokovic would face three-year ban

    Ministerial powers could be used to again revoke Djokovic's visa and order his removal from the country, which would result in him being banned for three years.

    Immigration Minister Alex Hawke could use "personal discretion" to move ahead with another cancellation.

    The Aussie government has confirmed Mr Hawke is still considering whether to cancel Djokovic's visa.

    A spokesman said: "In line with due process, Minister Hawke will thoroughly consider the matter.

    "As the issue is ongoing, for legal reasons it is inappropriate to comment further."

    Although he still faces being thrown out of Oz, Djokovic has insisted he wants to stay and compete.

  • Dylan Terry

    Good morning tennis fans

    Andy Murray says Novak Djokovic still has 'a few questions' to answer after he was released from detention in Australia.

    World number one Djok won a court battle that overturned his visa cancellation on Monday, a week before the Australian Open is set to start.

    The increasingly complicated row centers around the Serb star’s Covid-19 vaccine status.

    But now Aussie border officials are investigating whether his travel entry form included a false declaration.

    British tennis hero Muzza said: "It's positive that he's not in detention any more.
    "There are still a few questions that need to be answered around the isolation, which I'm sure we'll hear from him in the next few days."

    And it is all getting a bit personal Down Under when it comes to Djok.

    In leaked mic footage from two Australian TV news anchors, the world number one was blasted for his off-field behaviour amid accusations he lied on his travel forms.

    7 News presenters, Rebecca Maddern and Mike Amor, made the comments during an ad break and were unaware they were being filmed.

    Maddern was heard saying: "Whatever way you look at it, Novak Djokovic is a lying, sneaky a***hole."

    Aussie Border Force officials are also set to ask Djokovic more questions around his entry to Australia with a focus on where exactly he had been before arrival.

    The star said he had not travelled anywhere before getting to Melbourne – but footage has emerged showing him in Spain.

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    Serbia PM on Djok storm

    Serbia prime minister Ana Brnabic says Novak Djokovic should explain the 'grey area' on his Covid test result.

    Brnabic told the BBC: "I do not know when he actually got the results, when he saw the results, so there is some grey area… the only answer to this can be provided by Novak."

  • [email protected]

    Djok's ‘uncomfortable’ reception at practice

    Novak Djokovic reportedly for an 'uncomfortable' reception from fellow players in a training session at the Australian Open on Tuesday.

    New York Times reporter Ben Rothenberg said his sourced told him: "The place went silent with everyone staring. Talk about uncomfortable.”

  • [email protected]

    Djok investigation switches focus

    Aussie Border Force officials are about to ask Novak Djokovic more questions around his entry to Australia with a focus on where exactly he had been before arrival.

    The world No 1 said he had not travelled anywhere before getting to Melbourne but footage has emerged showing him in Spain.

  • [email protected]

    Five ways Djok 'broke rules'

    We have put together this helpful guide of some of the key issues surrounding Novak Djokovic's Covid vaccine row in Australia.

    The include the possibility he lied on a travel form, did not isolate after a positive test, broke isolation, took part in a mask-less photoshoot and did not have the proper exemption to travel Down Under without having the jab.

    You can read out full report here.

  • [email protected]

    Djokovic's French Open green light

    It is interesting the French have already confirmed Novak Djokovic will be able to play in their flagship tennis event in May.

    Despite the will-he-won't-he playing out before the Australian Open, France sports minister Roxane Maracineanu saidan unvaccinated player would be entitled to participate in this year's French Open.

    Djok has been champion at Roland Garros twice – in 2016 and 2021 – and nobody would bet against him shrugging all this off and retaining his title this year.

  • [email protected]

    Djok branded an 'a**hole'

    It is all getting a bit personal with the vaccine row surrounding Novak Djokovic Down Under.

    In leaked mic footage from two Australian news anchors, the world number one was blasted for his off-field behaviour amid accusations he lied on his travel forms.

    7 News presenters, Rebecca Maddern and Mike Amor, made the comments during an ad break and were unaware they were being filmed.

    Maddern was heard saying: ""Whatever way you look at it, Novak Djokovic is a lying, sneaky a***hole."

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    Murray's take on Djokovic storm

    Andy Murray says Novak Djokovic still has 'a few questions' to answer after he was released from detention in Australia.

    World number one Djok won a court battle that overturned his visa cancellation on Monday, a week before the Australian Open is set to start.

    But Aussie border officials are investigating whether his travel entry form included a false declaration.

    British tennis hero Muzza said: "It's positive that he's not in detention any more.

    "There are still a few questions that need to be answered around the isolation, which I'm sure we'll hear from him in the next few days."

  • Sandra Brobbey

    Djokovic gets on with training

    Novak Djokovic is taking his mind off his Australian visa issues by getting on his with his training.

    The Australian Open no. 1 has been seen hard at work on the Rod Laver Court despite reports of further investigations concerning his travel form.

    The tennis tournament is set to take place in six days time.

    And Serbian is hopeful he will be allowed to compete and defend the Grand Slam he won last year.

  • Sandra Brobbey

    Djokovic seen in Spain before Melbourne trip

    Novak Djokovic is thought to have been filmed in Spain on January 2.

    However, the tennis star is thought to have ticked the 'no box' of a travel form that asked if had been overseas 14 days before his arrival in Australia.

    Sky Sports reports that footage of Djokovic in Spain a day after the New Year has emerged.

  • Sandra Brobbey

    Djokovic facing 'false statement' claims

    Novak Djokovic is facing further questions in Australia amid claims he allegedly provided misleading details about his whereabouts in a travel document.

    The Australian Border Force has been asked to investigate whether Djokovic incorrectly stated that he had not, and would not, travel to a different country in the 14 days before his trip to Australia.

    Djokovic reportedly flew to Australia from Spain on January 4

    However social media posts shared by a Portuguese tennis reporter showed him in his home country Serbia on December 25.

    The questions of his whereabouts have arisen after he won his appeal against the cancellation of his visa.

  • Sandra Brobbey

    Djokovic visa debacle is 'damaging'

    The ATP says the controversy surrounding Novak Djokovic's visa issues has been 'damaging on all fronts'.

    The men's tennis tour chiefs released a statement after the Serbian tennis superstar won an appeal to prevent his deportation from Australia.

    In its statement, the ATP said: "The ATP fully respects the sacrifices the people of Australia have made since the onset of Covid-19 and the stringent immigration policies that have been put in place.

    “Complications in recent days related to player entry into Australia have however highlighted the need for clearer understanding, communication and application of the rules.

    “In travelling to Melbourne, it’s clear Novak Djokovic believed he had been granted a necessary medical exemption in order to comply with entry regulations.

    "The series of events leading to Monday’s court hearing have been damaging on all fronts, including for Novak’s well-being and preparation for the Australian Open."

  • Sandra Brobbey

    Williams backs Djokovic to win tournament

    Venus Williams urged Novak Djokovic to win the Australian Open after the player had a court ruling to revoke his visa quashed.

    However, the tennis ace is being investigated by authorities over details he provided in a declaration form required to enter the country.

    Djokovic, who has been listed as the No. 1 men's seed in the contest, has been training at practice courts at Melbourne Park.

    Williams, who is a 10-times Grand Slam singles, was responding to Djokovic's post on his Instagram page announcing his visa reinstatement.

    In her reply, Williams, 41, wrote: "Win it all!" 

  • Sandra Brobbey

    Djokovic was 'shell-shocked', says Becker

    Boris Becker says Novak Djokovic is feeling upbeat despite being "shell-shocked" by his Australia visa saga.

    The German tennis legend was speaking to BBC Sport after the Serb had a court decision to revoke his visa overturned.

    Commenting on his phone chat with Djokovic, Becker, said: "I spoke to him yesterday briefly and I congratulated him and he thanked me for my support.

    "But obviously he is still shell-shocked about the last six days.

    "He’s a remarkable young man, his spirits are better. He went to train at midnight, that’s just who he is."

  • Sandra Brobbey

    Voracova frustated by visa cancellation

    Renata Voracova hopes Novak Djokovic will be able to defend his Australian Open title.

    But the Czech tennis ace admitted she was still frustrated that she was forced to quit Melbourne after her visa was cancelled.

    The doubles star, 38, was already competing in a tournament in Melbourne when her medical exemption was scrutinised again by authorities in the wake of Djokovic's visa initially being cancelled by Australian border force officials 

    Voracova, who reportedly intends to get vaccinated, told Reuters: "It is a good thing not only for him.

    "Hopefully he can play. Because that is what we went there for: to play tennis and not be part of any inside games."

  • Sandra Brobbey

    Brady tells Djokovic 'good luck'

    American football legend Tom Brady shared a good luck message with Novak Djokovic on social media.

    The NFL superstar posted a reply via his Instagram account to Djokovic after the Serb announced that a judge had overturned his visa cancellation.

    The post from the seven-time Super Bowl champion, who has 10.6million followers on Instagram, simply says "good luck".

    And the message has been liked more than 12,000 times.

  • Sandra Brobbey

    Murray's questions Novak saga

    Andy Murray reckons more questions need to be answered regarding the visa debacle surrounding Novak Djokovic.

    The Serb is set to compete in the Australian Open after a court quashed the decision to cancel his visa on Monday. 

    Earlier today Murray told reporters: "It's positive that he's not in detention anymore.

    "Obviously he won in court so, you know, that's a positive thing for him.

    "Hopefully he will be able to concentrate on the tennis now.

    "I think there are still a few questions that need to be answered around the isolation and stuff, which I'm sure we'll hear from him in the next few days."

  • Sandra Brobbey

    Novak is number one

    Novak Djokovic has been listed as the men's No.1 seed at the Australian Open despite uncertainty concerning his involvement in the tournament.

    On Monday, a judge quashed the Australian government's decision to cancel the Serb's visa.

    An order was also made for him to be freed from a temporary immigration detention facility in Melbourne.

    However, the world No. 1 could still end up being deported.

    CNN reports Australia's immigration minister is considering intervening to have the tennis player removed from the country.

  • Sandra Brobbey

    Djokovic investigated over travel claims

    Novak Djokovic is to be investigated amid claims he falsely stated he had not travelled before his flight to Australia to defend his Australian Open title

    Australia Border Force officials are looking into details provided on his travel declaration form, according to ITV News.

    The men's world number one jetted to Melbourne from Spain on January 4, but had appeared in photos shared on social media from Belgrade on Christmas Day.

    Portuguese tennis reporter, Jose Morgado posted a tweet of the photo of Djokovic posing with handball ace Petar Djordjic.

  • Sandra Brobbey

    Kyrgios 'embarrassed'

    Nick Krygios reportedly feels 'embarrassed' to be an Australian following the visa controversy concerning Novak Djokovic.

    And the Aussie ace has hit out at media for what he perceives as divisive coverage of the debacle, according to The Sydney Morning Herald.

    Krygios, who tested positive ahead of the Australian Open, said: “We know that the media like to create sh**-storms, with my story and everything going on with Novak.

    “I feel quite embarrassed as an Australian athlete who’s seen what this guy has done for us and for the sport.

    "I just don’t think it’s right how we’re handling it, but the media loves to do that, loves to divide.”

  • Dylan Terry

    Good morning tennis fans

    Novak Djokovic was elated with the decision that allows him to play in the Australian Open and is now focused on competing in-front of his loyal legion of fans.

    After all the controversy, the Serb tweeted: “I’m pleased and grateful that the judge overturned my visa cancellation.

    “Despite all that has happened, I want to stay and try to compete at the Australian Open.

    “I remain focused on that. I flew here to play at one of the most important events we have in front of the amazing fans.”

    Meanwhile, his mother Dijana Djokovic claimed that her son’s court victory against the Australian government is bigger than any of his Grand Slam titles thus far.

    She beamed: “This is his biggest win in his career, it is bigger than any Grand Slam.”

    However, the proceedings didn’t go smoothly as hackers targeted Djokovic’s court hearing with a porn video that was screened just moments before the judge ruled he can enter the country.

    And finally, Piers Morgan wasn’t in the mood to show Djokovic any sympathy after his ordeal.

    Djokovic’s mother claimed he had been subject to ‘torture’ while being held, and this didn’t sit well with Piers who quipped on Twitter: “Poor guy. Sounds almost worse than having a simple 2-second vaccine injection.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    'We're a laughing stock'

    An Australian lawyer claims the country are the laughing stock of the world after the Djokovic spectacle.

    Thomson Geer partner Justin Quill said, reported by 9news: "We [Australia] are the laughing stock of the world right now.

    "In circumstances where we should be showcasing Australia, we're doing the exact opposite."

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