Novak Djokovic news LIVE: World No 1 detained by immigration officials as court hearing set to start in Australia

Martina Navratilova tells Djokovic to ‘suck it up’ and ‘go home’

Novak Djokovic has launched another appeal after his visa was quashed on Friday by Australia’s immigration minister Alex Hawke. The men’s world No1, who is unvaccinated but has claimed an exemption from Australia’s strict rules on visitors being vaccinated against Covid-19 due to having already had a bout of the disease, faces a race against time to have his visa reinstated with his first match of the Australian Open scheduled for Monday evening.

On Friday, Hawke announced that he had cancelled Djokovic’s visa on “health and good order grounds”. Djokovic’s legal team immediately fought the decision and the case will now go to a federal court over the weekend, with Djokovic’s lawyers pushing hard for a final decision on Sunday before he begins his bid for an historic 21st Grand Slam. The 34-year-old Serbian has been summoned to a meeting with border authorities on Saturday morning, and could then be detained in a state hotel while the case is heard.

Pressure has been building all week after Djokovic broke his silence over a number of accusations of breaking Covid protocol on Wednesday, and he conceded that he broke isolation and conducted an interview with French newspaper L’Equipe despite knowing that he was positive for the virus, such a transgression could result in up to five years in prison if proven that he lied about his positive test.

Follow all the latest news below as Djokovic fights deportation once more.


Djokovic court hearing set to start in Australia

“Novak Djokovic v Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Aff​airs is listed before Justice O’Callaghan at 10:15am AEDT this morning Saturday 15 January 202,” the Federal Court of Australia tweeted.

Graeme Massie14 January 2022 23:04


“Just go home”

ICYMI: Martina Navratilova said, before Djokovic’s visa was re-cancelled, the world no. 1 should “just go home” but he won’t as he wants the “record 21st slam”.

Djokovic is tied with Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer on 20 slams and whoever wins the next claims the record in men’s tennis. However, this is looking less likely for Djokovic to achieve in Melbourne with his visa cancelled again. He is fighting the decision but if he wins he will have a day to prepare for his opening match.

Graeme Massie14 January 2022 23:01


Djokovic detained by Australian border officials, report says

Novak Djokovic has now been detained by Australian border officials in line with the arrangement agreed in court, according to CNN.

Djokovic has had his visa revoked twice by immigration officials ahead of the Australian Open because he is not vaccinated against Covid-19.

Graeme Massie14 January 2022 22:36


Prince Philip of Serbia condemns Australia’s handling of Djokovic

“The strength and actions of one brave individual, [Novak Djokovic] can give us hope and courage,” Prince Philip wrote on Twitter.

“It is becoming increasingly evident the ‘free world’ is accelerating down a path of tyranny. When tyranny shows its ugly face then it is our duty to speak out.

“Many will not recognize we are heading down this dangerous path since tyranny has a cunning way of disguising itself as an act of good, therefore, those who speak out are often met with disapproval and outrage, as is the case of our brave brother [Novak].

“We have become distracted in our modern society, as a result we can easily forget the telling lessons of history.”

Prince Philip of Serbia was born 15 January 1982.

He is a member of the House of Karađorđević and son of the Serbian Crown Prince Alexander. He is the fraternal twin of Prince Alexander and the second in line to the throne of Serbia after his elder brother, Prince Peter.

Peter II was the last King of Yugoslavia, ruling from October 1934 until his deposition in 1945, when Yugoslavia became a Republic.

Graeme Massie14 January 2022 22:03


World reacts to Australia cancelling tennis star Novak Djokovic’s visa

Novak Djokovic continues to dominate the headlines in sport and beyond, as his quest to feature at the Australian Open encompasses the courts, government figures, leading faces from within tennis and, presumably, science.

Journalists, tennis personalities and more – many more – people have had their say on the Serbian and his predicament:

Karl Matchett14 January 2022 21:00


Andy Murray rejects offers to play in Saudi Arabia due to human rights concerns

The lucrative offers tempting leading boxers, golfers and footballers to compete in Saudi Arabia are not enough for Andy Murray to put money over morality.

When Murray has received approaches to fly to Riyadh to play in exhibition matches, the potential to earn millions of dollars has been rejected.

The revelation on Friday came from the three-time Grand Slam winner’s agent in the week when the Spanish Football Federation has faced criticism from human rights activists for taking its Super Cup to Saudi Arabia.

Karl Matchett14 January 2022 20:40


Novak Djokovic’s controversial beliefs and why he is opposed to the vaccine

According to Novak Djokovic, one of the defining days of his career came in the summer of 2010. He had already won his first grand slam title, but a recurring shortness of breath was plaguing him in matches. To watch Djokovic now is to see one of the world’s most obstinately enduring athletes in action. He covers the tennis court with almost robotic efficiency, always two steps ahead of his flagging opponents. Back then, it was Djokovic who felt unusually jaded. On several occasions, in the heat of arduous matches, he even called for medical breaks out of fear he might collapse.

Dr Igor Cetojevic, a Serbian who describes himself as a “specialist in energetic medicine”, was put in touch with Djokovic through a mutual friend. The pair met in Croatia, where Cetojevic asked Djokovic to stretch out his left arm while pressing a piece of bread against his stomach. To Djokovic’s surprise, his arm felt appreciably weaker when in close proximity to gluten. As ridiculous as it might seem that such a meticulous player was pliant to such vague “alternative therapies”, it’s possible to see all the success and controversy of Djokovic’s career – 19 grand slam titles, a record number of days spent as world No 1 and not quite so many detained at an immigration hotel in Melbourne – through the prism of that day.

Tom Kershaw explains how Djokovic’s beliefs and approach to his life and career have landed him in this Melbourne-based saga.

Karl Matchett14 January 2022 20:20


Novak Djokovic to return to detention centre on Saturday morning

The Serbian was not detained on Friday night after Immigration Minister Alex Hawke’s decision. But he will likely stay in the Park Hotel on the outskirts of Melbourne once again on Saturday evening.

The 34-year-old will firstly meet with immigration officials, before discussions take place with his lawyers to finalise plans for his appeal.

Djokovic must then stay in a detention centre before the appeal is heard on Sunday, just hours before he is expected to play his first-round match of the 2022 Australian Open against compatriot Miomir Kecmanović.

Jack Rathborn14 January 2022 20:00


Djokovic fights Australia visa ruling as legal team launch appeal

Addressing an initial hearing as Djokovic appeals against the minister’s ruling, his lawyers suggested the decision was made because of concerns that the tennis star’s appearance at the Australian Open might stoke anti-vaccination feeling in the country, rather than solid legal grounds.

Djokovic’s team also called for a quick hearing which they hope to be concluded on Sunday, ahead of the tournament’s start on Monday, with the player set to play his opening match on Monday evening in Melbourne. “We’re very concerned about time,” Djokovic’s lawyer Nicholas Wood told the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia.

The government’s representative at the hearing agreed to accept the accelerated timeline, and confirmed that Djokovic will not be detained – as he was for four days upon first arriving in Melbourne – until the appeal process is completed.

Karl Matchett14 January 2022 19:40


Spain denies Novak Djokovic investigation over alleged Covid breach

Novak Djokovic is not being investigated by the Spanish government over a separate alleged Covid rules breach to his current difficulties with the Australian government.

Reports on Wednesday suggested authorities were looking into a possible legal issue after it emerged Djokovic entered the country days after testing positive for Covid en route to Melbourne for the Australian Open.

Since 20 September, citizens from Serbia are required to have a vaccine certificate or show a special exemption to enter a Spanish territory.

“Only residents in Serbia who have a complete vaccination certificate or special authorization can enter Spain,” reads the current Spanish entry requirements.

Meanwhile, Djokovic has also been accused by Stefanos Tsitsipas of “playing by his own rules”.

Karl Matchett14 January 2022 19:20


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