World senator Novak Djokovic (34) was successful in his appeal to stay in Australia, but now the family claims that he should be arrested. Australian media at the same time claim that this is not true.
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According to the Daily Mail, the 34-year-old’s father, Srdjan Djokovic, has told Serbian journalists that Djokovic already has been arrested pending Australia’s immigration minister, Alex Hawke, using his personal authority to send the world number one out of the country. Sky News reports that Srdjan has said the same to them.
Also The Telegraph mentions the reports that the tennis star has been arrested. Right now there is complete confusion about what is going on. Australian Sydney Morning Herald refers to sources who claim that it not It is true that Djokovic has been arrested. So does Australian The Age.
Serbian media claim that Djokovic’s father will hold a press conference at 13.00 Norwegian time.
Djokovic won Norwegian time on Monday morning in court with his appeal after he was denied entry to Australia. Djokovic did not meet the entry requirements when he arrived in Melbourne to take part in the Grand Slam tournament Australian Open, and spent four nights in quarantine hotels pending a court hearing.
He was successful and thus looked set to stay in Australia, and thus it seemed that he could start focusing on the upcoming Australian Open tournament which starts on 17 January.
However, State Attorney Chris Tran announced after the ruling that Immigration Minister Alex Hawke would consider using his personal authority to cancel Djokovic’s visa. If he chooses to do so, Djokovic risks being banned from Australia for three years. The reports came around 08.00 on Monday morning, and thus Hawke must take advantage of the opportunity by 12.15.
Djordje Djokovic, Novak’s brother, now says, in the wake of the reports of a possible arrest, that the tennis court is with its lawyers and is looking at possible solutions.
– They want to catch and lock him Novak inside again, he says according to the Serbian journalist Sasa Ozmo.
The case is being updated.
Djokovic is the reigning champion of the Australian Open, a Grand Slam tournament he has won nine times. His first Australian Open title came in 2008.
Djokovic is not vaccinated, however was infected with the coronavirus in December. He had previously been exempted from being vaccinated to participate in the tournament. His lawyers presented evidence of the infection and the medical exemption during the hearing.
The judge in the case began the trial by asking what more the Serb could have done before he arrived in Australia. Djokovic’s lawyers argue immediately, and the court ruled that the cancellation of Djokovic’s visa was “unreasonable”. Australian authorities were given 30 minutes, after the ruling became clear, to let Djokovic leave the quarantine hotel he has been to. It was also ordered that Djokovic should get back his personal belongings and passport.
Several Djokovic supporters showed up outside the hearing to show their support for the Serb. When the verdict was ready, cheers erupted among his followers:
There have been several rallies for Djokovic outside the hotel that he has stayed in. There have been demonstrations against Djokovic’s deprivation of liberty, which the Serbian president has also called “harassing”.
At home in Belgrade, there are also loud protests against the treatment of the Serb.
“Thank you for the support of all of you around the world for your support. I can feel it and I really appreciate it “, the world number one wrote on Instagram.
The riots surrounding the tennis session have also engaged his teammates.
Nick Kyrgios, who is among the biggest active tennis profiles on the men’s side, is among those who have reacted to how the Djokovic case has been handled.
– I definitely believe in taking action. I was vaccinated because of others and my mother’s health, but how we handle Novak’s situation is bad – very bad, writes Kyrgios, and refers to headlines and “memes” about the situation.