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".
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.
Novak Djokovic thanks fans for their support as he spends second night in detention while legal teams prepare for court fight ahead of Australian Open
The world number one tennis player would normally spend Orthodox Christmas at a Serbian church in Melbourne. Instead he's in immigration detention waiting to see whether he will be deported from Australia."Thank you to people around the world for your continuous support. I can feel it and it is greatly appreciated," the Serbian wrote on Instagram.
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.
Australian authorities' bid to delay Djokovic hearing rejected
Australian authorities have been denied in a bid to delay Novak Djokovic's appeal against his visa cancellation from being heard on Monday.On Sunday, Judge Anthony Kelly rejected the submission by home affairs minister Karen Andrews to delay the hearing. However, the judge left the government with the option of making another application to delay on Monday.
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. https://www.instagram.com/kevinpietersen/p/CXgZQupIy9C/?utm_medium=copy_link
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.
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.
"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.
‘Lightning rod': the world reacts to Novak Djokovic's visa cancellation
"Why do you mistreat him, why do you harass him, as well as his family and a nation that is free and proud?" asked Serbia's president.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.
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 has lost his fight to stay in Australia. How did the case unfold and what happens now? .
A whirlwind visa battle between the world number one and the Australian government has reached its climax. How did it play out in court? And what does it mean for the Open?Enter the top tennis player in the world, Novak Djokovic, and he's come to chase a record of his own - if he wins a 10th Australian Open title, he will sail past the 20 grand slam wins for which he is currently tied with rivals Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer to become the "greatest of all time", the GOAT.