(Updating…) NEW: More document trouble for Novak Djokovic. On his Australian Travel Declaration, released by federal court yesterday, Djokovic stated he had NOT traveled in 14 days prior to his Jan 6 arrival here. In fact, Djokovic had traveled from Belgrade to Spain within that time.
Novak Djokovic has reportedly been arrested following the decision by a judge to quash the cancellation of his visa. Novak Djokovic’s father claims the tennis star has been ARRESTED just hours after winning his visa battle.
Immigration minister Alex Hawke confirms he is considering cancelling Djokovic visa process is “ongoing” previous reports of 4 hour timeframe incorrect only applies if he is reinterviewed
Serbian fans arriving at the Melbourne building that Djokovic is in with his lawyer Lots of folk music, group dancing and “free Nole” chants
According to The Advertiser Sport Novak Djokovic’s family has launched explosive claims that Australian authorities are seeking to detain him in Melbourne.
Rafael Nadal believes “justice has spoken” and “it is the fairest thing” for Novak Djokovic to play in the #AustralianOpen2022 following the decision of a judge
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10 Jan after 5 hours of deliberation when the Australian Federal Circuit Court made their decision to overrule the government’s decision, they also ordered for Novak Djokovic be released from immigration detention immediately.
“I think it’s a big, big victory for Novak Djokovic and his team. Now we will be working very hard to get him back on the tour as soon as we can,” Mr Bham said.
“Today is a great day for justice and I am so relieved and so happy. It has been an extremely stressful time for me and everyone on the team, we are delighted with this outcome.
“I would like to thank all those who have supported us through these dark times, including my lawyers Bham Lawyers, Mark Plunkett from Fitzroy Legal Service and The Human Rights Law Centre”.
The Novak Djokovic saga has inadvertently shone a spotlight on Australia’s treatment of refugees after the tennis star was detained alongside dozens of asylum seekers at a Melbourne hotel, some of whom have spent years confined to their hotel rooms
Significant police presence at the office of Djokovic’s lawyers on Collins St, Melbourne. White vans heading into underground car park. Reports that Australian federal police heading in to arrest him. Immigration minister has four hours in which to re-cancel his visa.
For timeline completeness: Djokovic produced a negative PCR test dated December 22nd. Novak Djokovic’s positive PCR test which he submitted to Melbourne court states that sample was taken and positive result returned on December 16, 7 hours apart. This means all those pictures of Djokovic maskless with kids on the 17th came AFTER his positive Covid result.
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Some very ugly scenes on the streets of Melbourne tonight as Victorian police clash with Djokovic supporters
— Michael Miller (@MikeMillerDC) January 10, 2022
Immigration Minister Alex Hawke has confirmed that he is considering cancelling the Djokovic visa process. The previous reports of a four-hour timeframe for re Interviews were incorrect, only applies if he’s interviewet again
Love him, hate him, or somewhere in between, the Australian Open will be an unmissable spectacle if Novak Djokovic is ultimately cleared to take part.
Overall of Djokovic wins court
After a medical exemption to play in the Australian Open was granted, Tennis Australia announced that it had been told by their government’s counsel that such an exempt is not available. However- Prime Minister Scott Morrison later said he received advice from his office stating otherwise; according to lawyers for Novak Djokovic who say they’ve tested him positive on COVID 19 which makes him eligible under law as vaccination doesn’t apply because of when infection occurred (December 2021).
The government refused to allow him to play, saying his French Open win did not count under migration law and he would need a medical exemption from the standard requirement for any sportsperson without a prior criminal record.
As Djokovic is classified as an ‘unlawful non-citizen’ due to dispute with Tennis Australia and immigration irregularities, he was detained at Melbourne Airport upon landing in the country on Monday night.
Australian authorities have been instructed that Novak must be immediately released from immigration detention and allowed access to all necessary medical services in order to treat his condition.
Even Djokovic wins court battle against government, another one to go .
Hours after a landmark Federal Court ruling in favour of Novak Djokovic’s visa appeal, the former world No.1 has been allowed to return home to his family and can begin rehabilitation on an injured elbow that forced him out of this month’s Australian Open.
The Swiss-born tennis star remains ineligible for Fed Cup selection while he continues playing unranked, but has won at least two matches before a semi-final against Rafael Nadal in the men’s singles.
The ruling might not be the last legal hurdle for Djokovic, who is still facing a separate Federal Court trial after failing to declare his earnings on time at his previous Melbourne apartment.
This case also threatens to derail the tennis star’s Australian Open preparations as it could require him to appear in person, but Mr Bham said an agreement was close with creditor Deutsche Bank over another adjournment of that hearing.