Defaults, drama and dodgy science: Five Novak Djokovic controversies

Defaults, drama and dodgy science: Five Novak Djokovic controversies

16/1/2022 1:01:00 PM

Defaults, drama and dodgy science: Five Novak Djokovic controversies

PARIS: Hailed as one of the greatest tennis players of all time, Novak Djokovic was aiming to defend his title at this year\u0027s Australian Open and win a record 21st Grand Slam. But his refusal to get vaccinated against COVID-19 pitted him against the Australian government, who cancelled his visa and le

AFP Sport looks at other controversial incidents that have dogged the career of the world number one and 20-time Grand Slam title winner:The Serbian had lashed out in frustration after dropping serve in a match played on an empty Arthur Ashe Court where fans were banned due to the pandemic.

COVID-19 TOURDjokovic and his wife Jelena as well as fellow players Viktor Troicki and Borna Coric also went on to reveal positive tests.When Djokovic arrived in Melbourne for the 2021 Australian Open, he whipped up another storm for issuing a list of requests that reportedly included players being given private homes with tennis courts.

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Australian court sets hearing of Novak Djokovic's visa caseSYDNEY: An Australian court set the hearing over Novak Djokovic\u0027s visa cancellation case on Sunday (Jan 16) at 9.30am local time as the world number 1 tennis player fights to overturn the decision by the Australian government to remove him from the country. Justice David O\u0027Callaghan said on Satur Depot the Serb before he continues to infect Australia! This is exhausting Time to go home! Enough of drama already. When you violate the country’s immigration law and still get to stay and play, that will set off a president for all future violations that Australia have to unnecessarily deal with!

Novak Djokovic faces another night in Australia detention before court hearingMELBOURNE: Novak Djokovic will spend Saturday (Jan 15) night in Australian immigration detention before he seeks a court ruling to stop his deportation, so the world\u0027s tennis number one can chase a record 21st major title at the Australian Open. Court documents released after an initial hearing in the

LinkedIn PARIS: Hailed as one of the greatest tennis players of all time, Novak Djokovic was aiming to defend his title at this year's Australian Open and win a record 21st Grand Slam.that he is"extremely disappointed" with the court's ruling..LinkedIn MELBOURNE: Novak Djokovic will spend Saturday (Jan 15) night in Australian immigration detention before he seeks a court ruling to stop his deportation, so the world's tennis number one can chase a record 21st major title at the Australian Open.

But his refusal to get vaccinated against COVID-19 pitted him against the Australian government, who cancelled his visa and left the tennis ace facing deportation on the eve of the tournament. AFP Sport looks at other controversial incidents that have dogged the career of the world number one and 20-time Grand Slam title winner: US Open Default Djokovic saw his 2020 US Open title hopes dashed when he was sensationally disqualified from his last-16 match against Pablo Carreno Busta after accidentally hitting a female line judge in the throat with a ball. In the meantime, he said he will take some time to rest and recuperate before making any further comments on the situation. The Serbian had lashed out in frustration after dropping serve in a match played on an empty Arthur Ashe Court where fans were banned due to the pandemic. According to previous reports, a"lucky loser" will replace him in the Jan. "This whole situation has left me really sad and empty," Djokovic said in a statement. He also sent his best wishes for everyone involved in the Australian Open, and thanked his family, friends and supporters. "I checked on the linesperson and the tournament told me that thank God she is feeling ok..

I'm extremely sorry to have caused her such stress. Finally, I would like to thank my family, friends, team, supporters, fans and my fellow Serbians for your continued support. Had his visa revoked twice The tennis World No. So unintended. So wrong." Australian PM, immigration minister respond Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison released a statement , welcoming the Australia federal court's decision"to keep our borders strong and keep Australians safe"." COVID-19 TOUR In the midst of the pandemic in 2020, and with professional tennis shut down, Djokovic organised the Adria Tour, a series of exhibition events in the Balkans. Players in the Australian Open are required to be fully vaccinated or secure a medical exemption from an independent panel of experts in order to participate, and Djokovic is unvaccinated. However, the tournament was abandoned in Zadar in Croatia after Bulgarian player Grigor Dimitrov tested positive for coronavirus. He concluded by saying that it is"now time to get on with the Australian Open and get back to enjoying tennis over the summer". Djokovic's lawyers said on Friday they would argue deportation would only further fan anti-vaccine sentiment and would be as much a threat to disorder and public health as letting him stay and exempting him from Australia's requirement that all visitors be vaccinated.

Djokovic and his wife Jelena as well as fellow players Viktor Troicki and Borna Coric also went on to reveal positive tests. The players were also heavily criticised for dancing and embracing at a nightclub. You can read Djokovic's full statement here: "I would like to make a brief statement to address the outcomes of today's Court hearing. TONE DEAF? When Djokovic arrived in Melbourne for the 2021 Australian Open, he whipped up another storm for issuing a list of requests that reportedly included players being given private homes with tennis courts. "Djokovic is a tool," firebrand Aussie player Nick Kyrgios tweeted in response. I am extremely disappointed with the Court ruling to dismiss my application for judicial review of the Minister's decision to cancel my visa, which means I cannot stay in Australia and participate in the Australian Open. Ironically, Kyrgios has leapt to Djokovic's defence during his current Australian controversy. Djokovic wants to be able defend his title at the Australian Open, which begins on Monday.

"I just think it's crazy. I am uncomfortable that the focus of the past weeks has been on me and I hope that we can all now focus on the game and tournament I love. I feel so sorry for him," he said Saturday. PAIN BARRIERS Djokovic has long faced accusations that he exaggerates injuries in matches. Finally, I would like to thank my family, friends, team, supporters, fans and my fellow Serbians for your continued support. At the 2008 US Open, he took two medical timeouts in a gruelling five-set win over Tommy Robredo. Quarter-final opponent Andy Roddick then mockingly listed Djokovic's injuries to include"two hurt ankles, bird flu and SARS!" Djokovic defeated the American and hit back in his post-match, on-court interview." Top photo from Novak Djokovic / FB If you like what you read, follow us on. With global scientists and policymakers focused on vaccinating as many people as possible to end the pandemic, the refusal of Djokovic to get the jab has fuelled the anti-vaccination movement, especially in his native Serbia and surrounding countries.

"Well, obviously Andy was saying I had 16 injuries last match... and obviously I don't," he said. At the 2020 French Open, vanquished quarter-final rival Carreno Busta was dismayed to see the trainer called to tend to the Serb. He has the option of withdrawing and leaving Australia of his own accord.

"Every time a match gets complicated he asks for medical assistance," said the Spaniard. At the 2021 Australian Open, American player Taylor Fritz was equally scathing after Djokovic needed five sets to win their third-round clash. Djokovic said he was suffering an abdominal strain. "If he was really, really injured, he wouldn't have kept playing," said Fritz. Djokovic went on to claim a ninth Australian Open title.

WATER WAY TO GO Djokovic came under fire when he claimed it was possible to alter the composition of water and food through positive thinking. In an online exchange with 'wellness guru' Chervin Jafarieh, the world number one said:"I've seen people and I know some people that through energetical transformation, through the power of prayer, through the power of gratitude, they manage to turn the most toxic food or the most polluted water, into the most healing water". "Because water reacts and scientists have proven that molecules in the water react to our emotions to what is being said." Former player and respected TV pundit Mary Carillo told The Tennis Channel that she hoped Djokovic would back down on his claims. "I'm very disturbed that Djokovic and that other guy are saying you can change toxic water to drinking water," she said.

"This is dangerous stuff." Source: AFP/yb .