Djokovic included in Australian Open draw as visa decision looms

13/1/2022 9:19:00 AM

Novak Djokovic included in Australian Open draw

Novak Djokovic included in Australian Open draw

MELBOURNE: Tennis world number one Novak Djokovic was included in the official draw for the Australian Open on Thursday (Jan 13), although uncertainty remained about whether the government will cancel the top

In fact, he had gone to Spain from Serbia.Djokovic, 34, attributed the error to his agent and acknowledged that he also should have rescheduled an interview and photo shoot for a French newspaper on Dec 18 while infected with COVID-19.Fans, including many Serbian Australians, gave him noisy support when he was detained, anti-vaxxers have hailed him as a hero and his family have portrayed him as a champion for individual rights.

But Djokovic may face hostility from the crowd if and when he walks out on court.There is widespread anger over the saga among Australians, who have a 90 per cent vaccination rate among adults and are battlinga wave of Omicron variant infectionsafter enduring some of the world's longest lockdowns aimed at curbing the pandemic.

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Australian open tennis draw delayed until further noticeSYDNEY : The Australian Open draw has been postponed until further notice, organisers said on Thursday, amid uncertainty over Novak Djokovic's participation in the tournament.The draw was to start at 3 p.m. local time (0400 GMT), but after a short delay, a tournament staffer told reporters outsde the medi If Novak smokes or commit suicide, it's his right. But he has no right to spread ths KillerKontagiousKovid. Nw tht d govt knows wht thy know, thy can't risk an outbreak. Imagine wht would happen if someone close contact w Novak at AO dies of covid. Govt will b blamed for inaction

Hot mic: TV anchors’ off-air critique of Djokovic goes viralOpinions about Novak Djokovic’s visa status ahead of the Australian Open are strong — on and off the record, apparently. Video of a conversation between a pair of TV anchors on Seven Network in Australia blasting Djokovic — and apparently unaware they were being recorded — went viral after it was posted online Wednesday. Mike Amor and Rebecca Maddern are seen questioning apparent mistakes that appeared on Djokovic’s visa application and making personal attacks on the 20-time Grand Slam champion.

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Serbian PM hopes for Djokovic decision soon, not optimistic or pessimisticBELGRADE : Serbia's Prime Minister Ana Brnabic said on Tuesday she was neither optimistic or pessimistic as to whether her compatriot Novak Djokovic would be allowed to play in the Australian Open, but hoped for a final decision soon.World number one Djokovic faces the threat of being detained by the fede

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, where the box stating he had not travelled abroad in the two weeks prior to leaving for Australia was ticked.LinkedIn BELGRADE : While Australia's Serbian community turned out in force to show their support for tennis ace Novak Djokovic in his visa row, in his homeland opinions are divided on his aversion to getting vaccinated against the coronavirus.LinkedIn SYDNEY : The Australian Open draw has been postponed until further notice, organisers said on Thursday, amid uncertainty over Novak Djokovic's participation in the tournament.Rebecca Maddern Australian journalist MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Opinions about Novak Djokovic’s visa status ahead of the Australian Open are strong — on and off the record, apparently.

In fact, he had gone to Spain from Serbia. Djokovic, 34, attributed the error to his agent and acknowledged that he also should have rescheduled an interview and photo shoot for a French newspaper on Dec 18 while infected with COVID-19. He was released when a judge quashed that decision, saying his treatment was unreasonable. Fans, including many Serbian Australians, gave him noisy support when he was detained, anti-vaxxers have hailed him as a hero and his family have portrayed him as a champion for individual rights. local time (0400 GMT), but after a short delay, a tournament staffer told reporters outsde the media conference room it would not go ahead. But Djokovic may face hostility from the crowd if and when he walks out on court. People waiting for their jab at a hall in Belgrade disagreed on whether the country's most famous sportsman should have his jab. There is widespread anger over the saga among Australians, who have a 90 per cent vaccination rate among adults and are battling a wave of Omicron variant infections after enduring some of the world's longest lockdowns aimed at curbing the pandemic. That visa cancellation was overturned Monday by a judge, but Djokovic was still in limbo as of Wednesday because Australia’s immigration minister still was deciding whether to cancel the top-ranked tennis player’s visa again.

"I don't like his arrogance," Teyhan Ismain, a Melbourne resident, said on Wednesday. Marina Djodic defended Djokovic's stance."It does seem that he's been telling a few fibs too. So I think he should just probably go back. Everyone makes own choices," she said." There may also be resentment in the dressing room, where all but three of the top 100 men are inoculated. Tennis great Martina Navratilova told Australian television that Djokovic should"suck it up" and return home. More than 1,386,000 cases have been recorted.com/AP_Sports TRENDING.

"The bottom line is, sometimes your personal beliefs have to be trumped by what's good for the greater good, for those around you, for your peers," she told Seven's Sunrise programme."You have two choices, get vaccinated or just don't go play. But despite an abundance of vaccines, only around 47per cent of Serbians have been fully vaccinated." Source: Reuters/kg .