Novak Djokovic was sleep-deprived and pressured to cancel his visa, court documents claim
The Serbian tennis star's lawyers claim he was interrogated for six hours at Melbourne airport before being allowed to go somewhere to sleep - only to be woken by officials half an hour later and pressured into making a decision on cancelling his visa.
Image:A timeline of Djokovic's detention4:11am- Officials say they will give him time to rest, until around 8am - 8:30am. The interview is suspended.7:42amPressured into cancelling his visa0:30His legal team claim the actions of officials were"spurious and mischievous" adding:"It plainly was not, and would never have been, better for Mr Djokovic if a visa cancellation decision were made while he was unrested and without consulting with his representatives."
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Vax have been around 1 year now. Major sports associations really should be moving to fully vax participation unless there is a real medical exemption (allergy (rare as there are so many vax now) or cardiac (unlikely in elite athletes)). These ppl are role models. I’m sure he can afford a first class cabin to catch up on his sleep on the way home!
What a shame 🙄 Sleep deprived or jet lag?! Sleep deprived, interrogated, are you actually comparing his interview with prisoners of Guantanamo Bay? He had just spent most of a day in a first class cabin where he had nothing to do but sleep. Next you’ll be saying he was tortured with bright lights and heat (it’s the sun)!
Seriously, how many lame excuses can this guy give? Is he the tennis version of Aaron Rogers? Oh yea!! And water boarded too 🤣🤣 Is that why he arrived at midnight? Reaching for my Glasses is that SimonCowell Simon Cowell ?
Novak Djokovic caught Covid days after deadline for vaccine exemptionDjokovic tested positive to Covid-19 on December 16, six days after a deadline was given to apply for a medical exemption from Tennis Australia for the Australian Open at Melbourne Park. 😂😂 so he has caught it twice now and he is still alive 😂😂 Yeah right !!!!!
polite replies please. You have a choice on vax If you choose not to Vax as their guest any foreign govt can decide not to let you come VIP or not Australia is appallingly strict on its nationals,not allowing relatives go to funerals,using pepper spray etc I am triple vaxed It's the 5G towers, he should just go home
The anti-vaxxer doth bleat too much. Get the jab. Play the tennis. Win the money. Very simple, Novak. Do it and stop whining. They are a two bit totalitarian government. Hope they lose the case. Yawn. I am not a huge Novak fan, but the Aussie govt and tennis Australia have been ridiculous. What a police state! I wonder why he didn’t just tell them to shove it and leave.
The one thing I can’t help but wonder about this whole Novak Djokovic vaccination messWe can’t help but compare the language around NovakDjokovic’s vaccination scandal with Naomi Osaka’s treatment at the French Open: Love the article. We do have a direct comparison though. Renata Voracova was there on the same exemption but quietly left the country when her visa was cancelled.
Novak Djokovic: Court documents show tennis star had Covid last month, his lawyers sayNovak Djokovic has filed court papers saying he tested positive for Covid last month. symeonbrown reports symeonbrown What’s the penalty for lying? Or was he out and about while positive? symeonbrown Looks like Covid has affected his senses. symeonbrown The same day he was at an event?
Novak Djokovic pictured hugging children day after 'positive PCR test'Novak Djokovic's lawyers claim tennis star was given a vaccine exemption because he contracted the disease on December 16 - the same day he was pictured mixing with maskless people in Serbia. 'Is it not possible that an individual may be right and a government wrong?' H.D. Thoreau Does this mean he will be deported & fined for misinformation.
Novak Djokovic: Having Covid gave tennis star vaccine exemption - lawyersNovak Djokovic's lawyers say a positive test on 16 December allows the tennis star entry to Australia. Who does he think he is! He just plays tennis! It's not even his own country, what an attention seeker! Why does he think tennis is more important than others who haven't seen loved ones or have lost loved ones and still not allowed to travel there. What an ego! So, wait, he had it in June 2020 and December 2021?
Novak Djokovic's 'requests for access to personal chef rejected' as pictures of hotel food emergeThe world tennis number one is currently embroiled in a row over whether he is exempt from the country's COVID vaccination rules, and is facing deportation after his visa was cancelled. To the vaccinated 😂😂✌️ He’s free to go home if he wants. Aww come on a private chef? This is just ridiculous now
At the start of the interview, just after midnight, an official told him previous infection did not mean he qualified for an exemption.Djokovic caught Covid-19 on December 16 before travelling to Australia on Jan 5.“incredibly funny” .The world tennis number one spent his third day in an immigration detention hotel in Melbourne, as he waits for a hearing on Monday that will determine whether he can stay to play in the Australian Open.
He responded:"I'm sorry to interrupt, but that's not true." He added:"I explained that I had been recently infected with COVID in December 2021 and on this basis I was entitled to a medical exemption in accordance with Australian government rules and guidance. Djokovic's lawyers claim he was granted an exemption by TA on December 30. Image: Why is Djokovic being denied entry to Australia - and what are their travel rules? "I further explained that my medical exemption had been granted by the Independent Expert Medical Review Panel, that I had previously provided all relevant medical reports to TA, including my COVIDPCR test results, and that accordingly the visa should not be cancelled. Osaka to protect their own health, Djokovic to potentially endanger others." A timeline of Djokovic's detention 00:21 - 00:51am - Djokovic begins to be interviewed by officials.1 may have been given special treatment by organisers. 4:11am - Officials give notice to cancel Djokovic's visa, and give him 20 minutes to give"any further explanation".
Djokovic asks to wait until 8am so he can call Tennis Australia to"figure this out". It’s also another reminder of the disparity between how we view mental vs physical challenges. 5:20am - Officials say they will give him time to rest, until around 8am - 8:30am. The interview is suspended. 5:22 - 6:07am - In this time Djokovic waits on a sofa outside the interview room for a bed to be prepared. You may also like Naomi Osaka is reduced to tears by the media – highlighting the upsetting pressures that Black female athletes face Osaka’s courage and selflessness is clear in her decision making: talking publicly about mental health is scary, and she even wrote that her withdrawal was down to the fact that she didn’t want to distract the competition. He was eventually taken to a room at 5:30am, but was awoken"around 6am" and"pressured" to continue the interview immediately.
7:42am - His visa is officially cancelled. The documents claim he had received"a letter from the Chief Medical Officer of Tennis Australia recording that he had been provided with a 'Medical exemption from COVID vaccination' on the grounds that he had recently recovered from COVID". Enter your email address. Pressured into cancelling his visa He asked to be given time to contact his agent and lawyers however, the court documents allege he was pressured into continuing the interview and ultimately agreeing to cancel his visa. Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player 0:30 Djokovic treated 'severely unfairly' The documents state:"Mr Djokovic, having formed the view that"[they were] going to cancel [his] visa, it's obvious" relented, feeling he had no choice, and on the basis of an understanding based on what they had said to him that it was better for him if the interview was done right away." His legal team claim the actions of officials were"spurious and mischievous" adding:"It plainly was not, and would never have been, better for Mr Djokovic if a visa cancellation decision were made while he was unrested and without consulting with his representatives.
" Djokovic was left feeling"shock","surprise" and"confusion" at the actions of officials - as he believed he had properly complied with the law of Australia. Image: Djokovic has previously spoken about his opposition to vaccination and has repeatedly refused to reveal his vaccine status Gluten-free food deliveries, exercise equipment and a SIM card -the conditions in tennis star's immigration detention Final decision due He is now staying at the Park Hotel, which is doubling up as an immigration detention facility until a final decision about his visa is made. The federal court will hear his appeal at 10am on Monday morning (11pm GMT Sunday). Follow the Daily podcast on .