Tennis news – Vladimir Safonov http://vladimirsafonov.org/ Tue, 11 Jan 2022 10:25:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://vladimirsafonov.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/vladimir.png Tennis news – Vladimir Safonov http://vladimirsafonov.org/ 32 32 Explanation: Why Australia faces a tough appeal to Novak Djokovic | Tennis News https://vladimirsafonov.org/explanation-why-australia-faces-a-tough-appeal-to-novak-djokovic-tennis-news/ Tue, 11 Jan 2022 10:25:56 +0000 https://vladimirsafonov.org/explanation-why-australia-faces-a-tough-appeal-to-novak-djokovic-tennis-news/ EXPLICATOR Australia’s Immigration Minister must now make the politically charged decision to use his authority to overturn the judge’s decision. When Australian immigration authorities rejected tennis star Novak Djokovic’s medical exemption from a COVID-19 vaccination requirement and canceled his visa, it sparked a storm of ramifications – bureaucratic, political and legal. The world’s best male […]]]>

Australia’s Immigration Minister must now make the politically charged decision to use his authority to overturn the judge’s decision.

When Australian immigration authorities rejected tennis star Novak Djokovic’s medical exemption from a COVID-19 vaccination requirement and canceled his visa, it sparked a storm of ramifications – bureaucratic, political and legal.

The world’s best male tennis player spent four days in a Melbourne immigrant detention hotel among asylum seekers and refugees before Federal Circuit Court Judge Anthony Kelly upheld his appeal and ordered his release and the reinstatement of his visa.

Australian Immigration Minister Alex Hawke must now make the politically charged decision to use his authority to overturn the judge’s decision.

But what has happened in the last few days and what does it seem like before the tennis tournament?

What destination now?

First of all, better accommodation class. When the judge ruled in his favor on Monday, Djokovic was immediately released from the Park Hotel in Melbourne to join his team in an upscale apartment for the remainder of his stay in Australia.

Djokovic quickly made it to the Australian Open stadium, Melbourne Park, for a late-night training session. He also trained on Tuesday, suggesting his views are still firmly fixed on his candidacy for a 21st Grand Slam singles title.

Hawke is due to decide Djokovic’s fate on Wednesday.

Another issue under investigation is whether Djokovic may have completed his travel registration form incorrectly when he ticked a box to indicate that he had not traveled in the 14 days prior to his arrival. in Australia on January 6. In fact, Djokovic traveled to Spain to train during this time.

What did the court say?

The key to the whole case and perhaps the most difficult question to answer is whether Djokovic has a valid request for medical exemption to enter Australia without being vaccinated.

Tennis Australia, the state government of Victoria and the federal government have different views.

Before leaving for Australia, Djokovic had been shy about his vaccination status. Asked at Melbourne airport by border officials early Thursday morning, he admitted he was not.

His request for a medical exemption from the rule that all non-Australian arrivals must be vaccinated was based on his claim that he tested positive for COVID-19 on December 16.

Medical panels established by Tennis Australia and the government of Victoria have granted Djokovic exemption from vaccination to play at the Australian Open on this basis. Djokovic’s lawyers argued that he had every reason to believe that the same standard applied at the border.

What was the case?

Djokovic was quick to welcome the court’s decision. During his four days of migrant detention, he has tweeted only once, to thank his fans for their support.

Early Tuesday morning, he tweeted again to express his gratitude to the court for upholding his case.

Questions remain about Djokovic’s recent positive test. He underwent a PCR test on December 16 and received his positive result that night, but was reportedly seen in public the following days.

Role of politics

Djokovic arrived in Melbourne as he faced a record daily number of COVID-19 cases. The numbers were also increasing across Australia due to the Omicron variant.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s government was facing criticism for easing some virus restrictions as Omicron cases began to rise and for failing to make rapid antigen testing available.

Morrison had little to say when Tennis Australia and the Victoria government confirmed Djokovic’s request for a medical exemption. But when Djokovic’s visa was canceled, he quickly made the decision, sensing public approval.

He tweeted “rules are rules” and repeated it in interviews over the next few days. At first it seemed like a certain political victory.

Australia’s strict border controls during most of the pandemic have separated families by preventing Australians living abroad from returning home.

The possibility that one of the world’s most celebrated athletes and prominent vaccine skeptics would receive special treatment at the border was something Morrison couldn’t admit.


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Novak Djokovic wins the mother of all legal battles | Tennis News https://vladimirsafonov.org/novak-djokovic-wins-the-mother-of-all-legal-battles-tennis-news/ Mon, 10 Jan 2022 16:36:23 +0000 https://vladimirsafonov.org/novak-djokovic-wins-the-mother-of-all-legal-battles-tennis-news/ Novak Djokovic winning field battles is pretty routine. On Monday night, a victory in court was as far from familiar as it gets for the Serbian. To boost the prospects of the world No.1 tennis player to defend his Australian Open title, Federal Circuit Court judge Anthony Kelly overturned the Australian government’s decision to revoke […]]]>

Novak Djokovic winning field battles is pretty routine. On Monday night, a victory in court was as far from familiar as it gets for the Serbian.

To boost the prospects of the world No.1 tennis player to defend his Australian Open title, Federal Circuit Court judge Anthony Kelly overturned the Australian government’s decision to revoke the visa of Djokovic for failing to meet the vaccination and medical exemption requirements to enter the country. . The court order called the government’s decision “unreasonable” and ordered the Serb to be released from the immigration detention hotel where he had been held for four days.

Hours after the verdict, Djokovic tweeted a photo of himself and his coaching staff in Melbourne Park, with the caption: “I’m happy and grateful the judge overturned my visa cancellation. Despite everything that has happened, I want to stay and try to compete in the Australian Open. I stay focused on this. “

As important and dramatic as the ruling that allows Djokovic to stay in Australia is, it still does not guarantee his participation in the Australian Open from January 17. Under the country’s Migration Law of 1958, the Minister of Immigration can exercise “personal power”. cancellation “which could lead to a further revocation of Djokovic’s visa and possible deportation.

In the extreme scenario, the nine-time Australian Open champion could also be banned from entering the country for three years. Australian media quoted a spokesperson for Immigration Minister Alex Hawke as saying the minister “is currently reviewing the matter and the process is still ongoing.”

The issue created a sporting, international and political uproar, with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison declaring that “no one is above the rules” hours after Djokovic was arrested by the Australian Border Force (ABF) at the Melbourne airport on Wednesday night and transferred to the detention hotel Thursday morning. The entry of unvaccinated Djokovic into the country to play at the Australian Open which required compulsory vaccination caused a major backlash among the Australian public.

Exemption from the vaccination mandate

Mainly, two aspects appeared to have tipped the verdict in favor of Djokovic during Monday’s virtual hearing which was broadcast live but was frequently interrupted (presumably due to heavy traffic volume). Djokovic’s legal team made the argument that the Serb followed all the procedures required of him before boarding the flight to Melbourne: since he was not vaccinated, he requested a medical exemption. in accordance with the rules established by Tennis Australia and the State of Victoria. The exemption was granted by two medical panels under a criterion that allows anyone who has tested positive for Covid-19 in the past six months to be exempted from the vaccination mandate. Djokovic had tested positive last month and he provided ABF officials with evidence to support his exemption.

This led Judge Kelly to ask the question, “The point that worries me a bit is what more could this man have done?” “

Nick Wood, one of Djokovic’s lawyers, replied: “To (Djokovic’s) understanding, without question, he had done absolutely everything he felt was necessary for him to enter Australia.

While the exact numbers have not been revealed, at least eight other Australian Open players and / or officials have also been granted exemptions under this criterion.

Not enough time

The other key factor was the timing of his detention. According to court orders, Djokovic was told at 5:20 a.m. local time on Thursday that he had time until 8:30 a.m. to provide his response to a notice of intention to cancel his visa. However, ABF officials arrived at the decision to revoke his visa at 7:42 a.m.

This, according to the judge – and even the respondent (in this case, the Minister of the Interior) admitted it – was “unreasonable”, as it did not give Djokovic sufficient time to contact the authorities. concerned.

“… if the applicant had been cleared until 8:30 am, he could have consulted other people and made further observations to the delegate on why his visa should not be canceled,” the order.

According to published transcripts of interviews between Djokovic and ABF officials at the airport, the Serb was first informed of the intention to cancel his visa at 3:55 a.m. At that time, he was told he had 20 minutes to respond.

“So you’re legally giving me 20 minutes to try and provide additional information that I don’t have?” Djokovic told the ABF official. “At 4am? I mean you kind of put me in a very awkward position where at 4am I can’t call the director of Tennis Australia, I can’t engage with anyone in the government. of the State of Victoria via Tennis Australia. “

“Bigger victory than the Grand Slam”

Djokovic was not seen at the hearing, but reports indicated that he was present in his lawyer’s office during its proceedings. The final verdict in the evening sparked chaotic scenes outside the office, with hundreds of Serbian supporters gathered around a car they believed was transporting Djokovic.

Back in Serbia, her family also celebrated the decision, with Djokovic’s brother Djordje describing it as a “great defeat for the Australian authorities” while her mother called it the biggest victory of her career. son. “Bigger than all of his Grand Slam tournaments,” Dijana says.

Rafael Nadal, one of Djokovic’s fiercest rivals on the pitch, said “this most righteous thing” has happened. “Whether or not I agree on certain things with Djokovic, without a doubt, justice has spoken,” Nadal told Spanish radio Onda Cero.


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Djokovic wins Melbourne visa appeal as fans celebrate in court https://vladimirsafonov.org/djokovic-wins-melbourne-visa-appeal-as-fans-celebrate-in-court/ Mon, 10 Jan 2022 11:20:18 +0000 https://vladimirsafonov.org/djokovic-wins-melbourne-visa-appeal-as-fans-celebrate-in-court/ Loading the player … Novak DjokovicFans celebrated outside the courthouse where an Australian judge reinstated the tennis star’s visa. Circuit Court Judge Anthony Kelly also ordered the government on Monday to release Djokovic from Melbourne hotel quarantine within 30 minutes of his decision. Government attorney Christopher Tran told the judge after the ruling that Immigration, […]]]>

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Novak DjokovicFans celebrated outside the courthouse where an Australian judge reinstated the tennis star’s visa.

Circuit Court Judge Anthony Kelly also ordered the government on Monday to release Djokovic from Melbourne hotel quarantine within 30 minutes of his decision.

Government attorney Christopher Tran told the judge after the ruling that Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs Minister Alex Hawke “will consider whether to exercise personal power to cancelation”.

This would mean that Djokovic could face expulsion again and could miss the open from Australiawhich begins January 17th.

The Australian government canceled the visa of Djokovic, 34, shortly after arriving in Melbourne on Wednesday night to play at the Australian Open, as officials ruled he did not meet the criteria for exemption from the Australian Open. ‘an entry condition that all non-citizens must be fully immunized. for COVID-19.

Djokovic, whose court documents indicate he is not vaccinated, argued that he did not need proof of vaccination because he had proof that he had been infected with the coronavirus last month.

Australian medical authorities have decided that a temporary exemption from the vaccination rule can be granted to people infected with COVID-19 within six months.

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ATP Cup 2022, Australian Open, tennis news, Canada beats Spain to win the first ATP Cup, Denis Shapovalov, Felix Auger-Aliassime, standings, scores, results https://vladimirsafonov.org/atp-cup-2022-australian-open-tennis-news-canada-beats-spain-to-win-the-first-atp-cup-denis-shapovalov-felix-auger-aliassime-standings-scores-results/ Sun, 09 Jan 2022 12:35:00 +0000 https://vladimirsafonov.org/atp-cup-2022-australian-open-tennis-news-canada-beats-spain-to-win-the-first-atp-cup-denis-shapovalov-felix-auger-aliassime-standings-scores-results/ 21-year-old Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime faced Spanish star Roberto Bautista Agut for a massive victory that earned his country their first ATP Cup title on Sunday. Their showdown in Sydney followed 22-year-old Denis Shapovalov, ending Pablo Carreno Busta’s victorious start to the season 6-4, 6-3 to set the stage for a second singles single. World No.11 […]]]>

21-year-old Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime faced Spanish star Roberto Bautista Agut for a massive victory that earned his country their first ATP Cup title on Sunday.

Their showdown in Sydney followed 22-year-old Denis Shapovalov, ending Pablo Carreno Busta’s victorious start to the season 6-4, 6-3 to set the stage for a second singles single.

World No.11 Auger-Aliassime beat third Alexander Zverev in the tournament and once again showed his class to beat 19th Bautista Agut, 7-6 (7/3), 6-3 and seal the tournament for Canada .

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 09: Team Canada celebrates victory on Day 9 of the 2022 ATP Cup at Ken Rosewall Arena on January 9, 2022 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brett Hemmings / Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

Serbia led by Novak Djokovic won the inaugural edition of the team event in 2020, when Spain led by Rafael Nadal also had to settle for second place with Daniil Medvedev’s Russia winning the year title. last.

“The emotions are incredible, there is no better feeling than winning, we left everything behind,” said Auger-Aliassime.

“We lost our first four games in this competition, but we never stopped believing in it.

“We trust each other, Denis and I and everyone in the team, and I think that’s very important. I am very happy for everyone in the team, and of course for myself.

“Spain is still tough, it’s been the best nation in the world for quite some time.”

Canada earned their place in the final after beating defending champions Russia on Saturday.

They also beat Zverev’s Germany and Great Britain in group matches, rebounding after crashing into the United States in their tournament opener.

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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 09: Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada celebrates victory in his final match against Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut on day nine of ATP Cup 2022 at Ken Rosewall Arena on January 9, 2022 in Sydney, Australia . (Photo by Brett Hemmings / Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

It was a phenomenal effort from Auger-Aliassime who was heavily beaten by world number two Medvedev on Saturday, losing the last nine consecutive games.

He and Bautista Agut started nervously at the Ken Rosewall Arena and Auger-Aliassime was shattered in his first service game, but fought back directly to equalize.

They went to serve in an intense series of long rallies and the Spaniard netted a vitally important ninth game, saving three break points to stay alive.

It ended in a tiebreaker with the Canadian playing an electric pass shot and then a manual forehand to storm 4-1 ahead and held on to take the set in a thrilling 85 minutes.

Auger-Aliassime, at only 21, served magnificently and gave the tiring Bautista Agut few opportunities.

On the other hand, he put pressure on the Spaniard’s serve, creating opportunities with his powerful forehands and it ultimately paid off with a break to go clear of 5-3.

With victory in sight, he served for a deserved victory that sparked happy scenes as the team congratulated and hugged each other.

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Both Spanish players were in great shape, each winning their four singles matches so far.

And Carreno Busta held a 4-1 advantage over Shapovalov ahead of their clash, winning their last three games, including a five-set thriller in the 2020 US Open quarter-finals.

But the young Canadian world number 14 has stepped up his efforts to seek revenge and put his country to a title victory.

“It’s a huge victory,” Shapovalov said after his match. “Total faith in Felix. He’s an incredible player and I think we have a good chance.

The dynamic 22-year-old saved eight of the nine break points he faced to triumph.

The first game of the game, on Shapovalov’s serve, was critical. Carreno Busta had five break opportunities, which, if converted, could have tipped the scales in his favor. But Shapovalov held on, looking for his shots to secure the opening set.

The Spaniard, who lost a set and a break in the second set, fell back to 3-4, but Shapovalov hit a winning forehand in the next game to resume the break before serving his victory.


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Rafael Nadal’s Australian Open preparations on track with Melbourne title https://vladimirsafonov.org/rafael-nadals-australian-open-preparations-on-track-with-melbourne-title/ Sun, 09 Jan 2022 11:11:16 +0000 https://vladimirsafonov.org/rafael-nadals-australian-open-preparations-on-track-with-melbourne-title/ Rafael Nadal defeated American Maxime Cressy 7-6 (8/6), 6-3 in the Melbourne Summer Set final.© AFP Spanish superstar Rafael Nadal’s preparations for the Australian Open remain on track after defeating American Maxime Cressy 7-6 (8/6), 6-3 in the Melbourne Summer Set final on Sunday. Nadal decided to play the lower level tournament to train for […]]]>

Rafael Nadal defeated American Maxime Cressy 7-6 (8/6), 6-3 in the Melbourne Summer Set final.© AFP

Spanish superstar Rafael Nadal’s preparations for the Australian Open remain on track after defeating American Maxime Cressy 7-6 (8/6), 6-3 in the Melbourne Summer Set final on Sunday. Nadal decided to play the lower level tournament to train for the match after missing much of 2021 with injury and Covid. He hasn’t been completely smooth this week and was pushed hard by the US qualifier, but Nadal had too much experience for the 24-year-old serving volleyball player. It was Nadal’s 89th title on the ATP Tour and this victory ensures he has won at least one singles crown every year for the past 19 years.

Cressy, who had to win in two qualifying rounds just to make the main draw, started nervously but grew more confident as the game progressed.

The American had a set point in the tie-break but couldn’t convert and once Nadal won the first set the end result was almost inevitable.

Nadal will aim to break the record for most Grand Slam singles titles at this month’s Australian Open.

He is currently tied on 20 titles with Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, but with Federer injured and Djokovic in doubt due to visa problems, Nadal has a chance to get ahead of his big rivals.

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Nadal was playing his first tournament since August after an injury and then contracted Covid.

He said that while he was sick he couldn’t get out of bed for days, but once he started to recover he had no doubt he would come to Australia to try and win his second title at Melbourne Park.

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Fans denounce Australia’s treatment of Novak Djokovic amid Visa Row https://vladimirsafonov.org/fans-denounce-australias-treatment-of-novak-djokovic-amid-visa-row/ Sat, 08 Jan 2022 12:06:03 +0000 https://vladimirsafonov.org/fans-denounce-australias-treatment-of-novak-djokovic-amid-visa-row/ Dozens of anti-vaccine protesters joined ardent Novak Djokovic fans on Saturday to dance, sing and speak out against the conditions the superstar endures in a notorious immigrant detention center. As some 200 protesters gathered outside, the world’s number one men’s tennis player spent his third day at the former Park Hotel in Melbourne, which is […]]]>

Dozens of anti-vaccine protesters joined ardent Novak Djokovic fans on Saturday to dance, sing and speak out against the conditions the superstar endures in a notorious immigrant detention center. As some 200 protesters gathered outside, the world’s number one men’s tennis player spent his third day at the former Park Hotel in Melbourne, which is now home to some 32 people under the strict immigration policy of Australia. Djokovic received a rude welcome at Melbourne airport on Wednesday evening: his lawyers claim border control officers detained him for eight hours before canceling his visa and sending him to the facility.

Prisoners cannot leave the building and no one is allowed to enter or leave, except staff.

The five-story center gained notoriety last year when a fire forced migrants to be evacuated and maggots were reportedly found in the food.

But requests from the nine-time Australian Open champion to be moved to another facility so he can train for the tournament as he appeals the visa decision have fallen on hearing deaf, according to his lawyers.

“Can you imagine what the mother is going through – the prisoner son?” Raymond Stankovic, a 47-year-old protester, asked outside the building.

“You know he has a strict diet and everything and the food they give him, you just probably wouldn’t give your dog certain things. There are probably cockroaches and stuff.”

A migrant rights activist, however, lamented the lack of attention given to refugees compared to the intense media focus on Djokovic.

“I’m a little disgusted, to be honest, that it took Djokovic here to bring attention to the plight of the refugees,” said Asher Preston, 34.

“Compared to what Djokovic is faced with for a few days or whatever, what the refugees go through here for years is, you know, quite excruciating,” he added.

“It kind of disgusts me that the media largely ignored it, to be honest,” Preston said. “And yet the politicians get away with absolutely mistreating the refugees.”

The day started in the drizzle with a dozen immigrant and refugee rights activists as well as fans of the 34-year-old Serb.

But in the afternoon, dozens of people protesting against Covid-19 vaccination warrants joined, many withdrew from a separate demonstration in another part of town.

In front of the center, they waved flags and held up signs saying “No more locking, vax or unvax”; “Stand up now or kneel forever”; and “Push back! Do not comply! “

Children and families also participated.

“I want to say to him, ‘Hold on Novak. We are with you,'” said Lisa Pavicevic, 63.

“He is setting a good example. He could have taken a first class flight to Serbia but he is fighting for his beliefs.”

The other protesters joined in a form of Serbian line dancing.

At the anti-vaccination rally elsewhere in town, there were signs of support for the tennis ace.

“I don’t want to see my grandchildren vaccinated,” said Margaret Beacham, a 67-year-old former schoolteacher.

“Novak is taking a stand and this is a global opportunity for him to say something about immunization status and how ridiculous it is.”

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Over the main door of Djokovic’s temporary Australian home, graffiti in yellow paint read: “Free them all.”

A few steps away, a protester wearing a cap, headphones and an antiviral mask held up a sign: “Aussie Open? More like Australians who endlessly abuse refugees.”

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Renata Voracova detained by Border Force Australian Open Tennis news https://vladimirsafonov.org/renata-voracova-detained-by-border-force-australian-open-tennis-news/ Fri, 07 Jan 2022 15:33:15 +0000 https://vladimirsafonov.org/renata-voracova-detained-by-border-force-australian-open-tennis-news/ Veteran Czech Republic tennis player Renata Voracova has been arrested by Australian border forces officials and her visa revoked just days before the Australian Open. The Czech Foreign Ministry confirmed to Wide World of Sport on Friday evening that Voracova, 38, was being held in the same Melbourne immigrant detention hotel as Djokovic, who is […]]]>

Veteran Czech Republic tennis player Renata Voracova has been arrested by Australian border forces officials and her visa revoked just days before the Australian Open.

The Czech Foreign Ministry confirmed to Wide World of Sport on Friday evening that Voracova, 38, was being held in the same Melbourne immigrant detention hotel as Djokovic, who is challenging her revoked visa in a scheduled court hearing Monday morning.

It is understood that she entered Australia with a vaccine exemption on the grounds that she had been infected with COVID-19 within the past six months, the same reason used by world number 1 male Novak Djokovic, reports the Sydney Morning Herald.

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“According to our information, she has proven her non-contagious status in a way that allows her to participate in the tournament. She even played a match. For this reason, we have filed a protest note with the Australian authorities through from the embassy in Canberra, asking them to explain the situation, “Czech foreign spokesperson Aneta Kovářová told Wide World of Sports.

Voracova will not challenge the revocation of her visa and will leave the country without participating in the Australian Open, Ms. Kovarova said, “due to the limited ability to train”.

The ABF confirmed to Wide World of Sports on Friday evening that it had completed its investigation into the visa status of “two other people linked to the Australian Open.”

One of those people would be Voracova. The other would be a tournament official, who entered the country using the same vaccine exemption.

“The ABF can confirm that a person has voluntarily left Australia as a result of ABF’s investigations,” the spokesperson said.

Voracova had competed in Australia ahead of the Open next week.

She is currently ranked world No. 81 in doubles and has a career singles world record of 74.

She has won 11 WTA doubles titles as well as 15 singles titles and 56 doubles titles on the ITF circuit.

The saga surrounding Djokovic’s attempted entry into Australia has sparked heated debate.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said there was insufficient evidence Djokovic relied on to obtain a medical exemption to enter Australia without being vaccinated.

“He did not have a valid medical exemption,” Mr. Morrison said.

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Djokovic fans, refugee and anti-vaccine supporters protest in Melbourne

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Novak Djokovic breaks silence on Instagram 2022 Australian Open tennis news https://vladimirsafonov.org/novak-djokovic-breaks-silence-on-instagram-2022-australian-open-tennis-news/ Fri, 07 Jan 2022 14:41:34 +0000 https://vladimirsafonov.org/novak-djokovic-breaks-silence-on-instagram-2022-australian-open-tennis-news/ Novak Djokovic shared his first public post since his arrest in Melbourne after his visa was revoked to enter Australia. “Thank you to people around the world for your continued support,” the world No. 1 tennis player posted in an Instagram story in the early hours of Saturday morning. “I can feel it and it […]]]>

Novak Djokovic shared his first public post since his arrest in Melbourne after his visa was revoked to enter Australia.

“Thank you to people around the world for your continued support,” the world No. 1 tennis player posted in an Instagram story in the early hours of Saturday morning.

“I can feel it and it is greatly appreciated.”

He also shared a message to fans marking Christmas Day in Serbia on January 7.

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This is the first time Djokovic has made a public comment since arriving in Melbourne and being taken into custody by Australian border force officials because his medical exemption from the COVID-19 vaccine did not meet requirements.

He is currently being held at an immigrant detention hotel in Melbourne ahead of a court hearing on Monday to challenge the decision to revoke his visa.

Djokovic’s wife posted on social media earlier on Friday, also thanking people for their support.

“It’s Christmas today for us, my wishes are for everyone to be healthy, happy, safe and with families. We wish we were all together today, but my consolation is that at The less healthy we are. And we will grow from that experience, “Jelena Djokovic said on Instagram with a photo with her husband and a dog on a beach.

“Thank you dear people, all over the world for using your voice to send love to my husband. I take a deep breath to calm myself down and find gratitude (and understanding) right now for everything. is happening.The one law which we should all respect across every border is love and respect for another human being.

“Love and forgiveness are never a mistake but a powerful force. I wish you all good luck!”

The Australian Border Force announced on Friday evening that it had concluded an investigation into two other people linked to the Australian Open whose visas have been revoked.

One is veteran Czech Republic player Renata Voracova, who has since decided to return home instead of challenging the decision. The second person would be an official.


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Spain beat Covid-19-stricken Poland to advance to ATP Cup final https://vladimirsafonov.org/spain-beat-covid-19-stricken-poland-to-advance-to-atp-cup-final/ Fri, 07 Jan 2022 13:27:05 +0000 https://vladimirsafonov.org/spain-beat-covid-19-stricken-poland-to-advance-to-atp-cup-final/ An imperturbable Roberto Bautista Agut upset world number nine Hubert Hurkacz to rule out a Poland affected by Covid and lead Spain in the ATP Cup final on Friday against the defending champions Russia or Canada. Spain had a big advantage even before the semi-final in Sydney even started, with Poland taking a heavy blow […]]]>

An imperturbable Roberto Bautista Agut upset world number nine Hubert Hurkacz to rule out a Poland affected by Covid and lead Spain in the ATP Cup final on Friday against the defending champions Russia or Canada. Spain had a big advantage even before the semi-final in Sydney even started, with Poland taking a heavy blow when Kamil Majchrzak announced he had tested positive for Covid-19 and was forced to seven days off. isolation. So far, Majchrzak has won all three singles events and his replacement, doubles specialist Jan Zielinski, has been a poor replacement.

He crashed 6-2, 6-1 against world number 20 Pablo Carreno Busta in just 53 minutes to give Spain a 1-0 advantage ahead of Bautista Agut, ranked a place above his teammate, beat Hurkacz 7-6 (8/6), 2-6, 7-6 (7/5) in a high-quality thriller.

“It’s a game I will always remember. I think we could both win today. He also deserved a lot of good things. But it’s our game, it’s tennis,” said Bautista Agut.

“Today was the win for me. I think I deserved it too. I did a lot of good things on the pitch. I played very aggressive at the end of the game.”

The imposing Hurkacz was desperate to keep his country’s hopes alive and played incredible tennis in the final set, saving five match points with a daring shot.

But Bautista Agut was relentless and ultimately ended the game with a cross forehand.

He crossed the line despite Hurkacz sending 24 aces – some of them rockets reaching 225 km / h (139 mph) – at his lone hover. But the Spaniard made fewer unforced errors and won more points than the Pole on his return from serve.

This is the second time Spain has been the decider in the team tournament, losing to Novak Djokovic’s Serbia in the inaugural event in 2020 when Rafael Nadal and Bautista Agut took the lead roles.

They are without Nadal this year, who is in Melbourne to warm up for the Australian Open, but Bautista Agut has effortlessly become Spain’s number one while Carreno Busta has proven to be an impressive number two.

Both players have been impeccable, winning all four of their singles matches this season.

Zielinski had never played an ATP level singles match before and this was seen against Carreno Busta who didn’t face a breaking point, hitting six aces and 22 winners on the way to victory.

“It’s very important at the start of the year to always find the rhythm, for the confidence,” said Carreno Busta, who has yet to give up a set.

“I’m happy with this tournament, I’m playing really well. I feel very comfortable here in Australia, in Sydney on this pitch. I would like to continue like this.”

Ahead of the game, Majchrzak revealed his positive Covid result, but said the rest of the Polish squad were allowed to continue.

Promoted

“I am experiencing minor symptoms and look forward to being back on the pitch as soon as Australia’s security protocol allows,” he said. This is the first positive case reported during the tournament.

Russia led by Daniil Medvedev will face a team from Canada led by Felix Auger-Aliassime and Denis Shapovalov on Saturday.

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Djokovic’s hearing adjourned to remain in immigration detention | Tennis News https://vladimirsafonov.org/djokovics-hearing-adjourned-to-remain-in-immigration-detention-tennis-news/ Thu, 06 Jan 2022 08:30:55 +0000 https://vladimirsafonov.org/djokovics-hearing-adjourned-to-remain-in-immigration-detention-tennis-news/ Australia canceled Djokovic’s visa and denied him entry on arrival, saying he “failed to provide” the evidence necessary for the vaccine exemption. Australia will not immediately expel world tennis number one Novak Djokovic as the star has remained in immigrant custody, a government lawyer said in a court hearing. In a hearing Thursday, representatives of […]]]>

Australia canceled Djokovic’s visa and denied him entry on arrival, saying he “failed to provide” the evidence necessary for the vaccine exemption.

Australia will not immediately expel world tennis number one Novak Djokovic as the star has remained in immigrant custody, a government lawyer said in a court hearing.

In a hearing Thursday, representatives of the Serbs and the Immigration Minister reached an agreement that no action would be taken to deport the overwhelming winner 20 times before Monday’s hearing in federal court.

State attorney Christopher Tran has said Australia has no plans to deport him until the final court hearing.

Federal Circuit Court Judge Anthony Kelly said there had been a delay in receiving the request for a review of the visa rulings and the temporary ban on Djokovic’s deportation.

Australia canceled Djokovic’s visa and denied him entry on his earlier arrival, the country’s border agency said, saying the athlete “had not provided the proper evidence” to meet the requirements for ‘Entrance.

The Serbian had obtained a medical exemption from COVID-19 vaccination in order to play at the Australian Open, which begins in less than two weeks.

Djokovic was taken from Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport to the Park Hotel, a government detention hotel known for several coronavirus outbreaks, pending his deportation.

Judge Kelly said he was open to Djokovic testifying remotely from immigration detention. He also warned that he would not be swayed by Tennis Australia’s preference for the case to be resolved by Tuesday.

“If I can say with due respect, the tail won’t wag the dog here,” he said.

Nick Wood, who represents Djokovic, said he was available to discuss his client’s fate with authorities, noting that resolving the visa issue was essential.

“As I sit here, the lack of a visa, if the cancellation decision is valid, is an insurmountable obstacle to Mr. Djokovic’s participation in the tournament,” said Wood.

Earlier Thursday, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed Djokovic’s visa had been canceled on social media.

“The rules are the rules, especially when it comes to our borders. No one is above these rules. Our strict border policies have been essential for Australia to have one of the lowest death rates in the world from COVID, we continue to be vigilant, ”he said on Twitter.

‘Take for fools’

The state government of Victoria has demanded that all players, staff and fans attending the Australian Open be fully vaccinated, unless there is a real reason why an exemption should be. granted.

The decision to grant Djokovic a medical exemption sparked an outcry on social media and criticism from other sportsmen, health professionals and politicians.

Following the announcement, former Australian Rules player Kevin Bartlett tweeted that the Australians “were taken for fools”.

Another former player, Corey McKernan, tweeted: “People with loved ones who are dying / some in need of urgent treatment cannot enter their own condition. You tell people they can’t go to Coles or a cafe without being vaxxed, but if you’re number one in the world you get a pass? “

Many Australians, and especially those in Melbourne which hosts the tournament, have been subjected to a series of long lockdowns over the past two years.

The federal and state governments have strongly emphasized the importance of vaccinations. As a result, 90 percent of people over 16 have received a double dose and a booster program is being rolled out.

“This sends a terrible message to millions of people who seek to reduce the risk of # COVID19Aus for themselves and others. #Vaccination shows respect, Novak, ”tweeted Stephen Parnis, former vice president of the Australian Medical Association.

“I don’t care how good a tennis player he is. If he refuses to be vaccinated, he should not be allowed in.



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