Jan 11, 2022
By Jane Brown
Novak Djokovic will get the final word Wednesday on whether he will be allowed to remain in Melbourne for the Australian Open.
There is word from the Australia, Immigration Minister Alex Hawke will decide on Wednesday whether to revoke the unvaccinated tennis star’s visa on public health grounds under Australia’s Migration Act.
The prime ministers of Australia and Serbia have discussed Novak Djokovic’s precarious visa situation in a phone call. The top-ranked Serbian tennis star won a court battle Monday to compete in the upcoming Australian Open, but still faces the threat of deportation because he is not vaccinated against COVID-19.
34 year old Djokovic was back on the court at the Australian Open venue training Tuesday, suggesting he’s firmly set on competing for a men’s record 21st Grand Slam singles title.
Djokovic ticked a box on his travel entry form that indicated he hadn’t travelled in the 14 days prior to his arrival in Australia on January 6th, when he went to both Serbia and Spain to train in that period.
Djokovic’s legal team insists he was granted a medical exemption to compete at this month’s Australian Open after contracting the virus at the end of last year, stating that a PCR test confirmed he tested positive on December 16.
(The Serbian tennis star posed for a photoshoot with L’Equipe in Belgrade. Picture: Getty)
A new photograph has emerged of Novak Djokovic posing without a mask at a trophy presentation two days after his lawyers claim he tested positive for COVID-19.