Novak Djokovic LIVE UPDATES: Djokovic LOSES case, set to be DEPORTED, Kyrgios blasts Nadal, Australian Open draw
16th January 2022

NOVAK DJOKOVIC has LOST his case at the Federal Court and is set to be deported from Australia.

The hearing involving the World No1 ended on Sunday as he continues to makes a last-ditch bid to avoid deportation.

Ahead of the hearing, the Serb returned to the squalid Park Hotel where he was detained before his previous appeal against deportation, which he won.

He faces being deported once more after a decision made by the country's immigration minister to cancel his visa a second time.

But following a change of tack from Australia's government, it is reported that Djokovic DID have a valid medical exemption.

Immigration minister Alex Hawke's case is instead expected to focus on Djokovic's status as a high profile unvaccinated person and the threat that could have to public health and public order.

Meanwhile Novak Djokovic has found a surprise ally in Nick Kyrgios, who has condemned players like Rafael Nadal for not speaking up to support the Australian Open champion.

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  • sstreet

    Three-year ban

    Novak Djokovic WILL be subject to a three-year ban on entering Australia, throwing any participation in future Australian Opens into doubt.

    There are some exceptions to the ban, including "compelling circumstances" which affect the interests of an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealander.

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    Deportation confirmed

    The Federal Court has confirmed that no further orders will be made, meaning Novak Djokovic will be deported from Australia.

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    'Huge implications'

    Australian TV host Patricia Karvelas says the Djokovic decision could have "huge implications" for the Australian Open.

    She did not state whether she meant this on Australian Open or future events.

    Australia is contracted to host the event until 2039 but tournament director Craig Tilley has stated that other countries would be able to put in strong bids to take it off them.

  • sstreet

    The reason Djokovic lost

    Immigration Minister Alex Hawke judged that Djokovic might be a threat to public health and good order if he was allowed to remain in Australia.

    It was for Djokovic's lawyers to disprove this beyond any doubt.

    Some of the reasons Hawke listed for his view were the Serb's previous stance on vaccinations and his failure to isolate after testing positive for Covid in his own country.

    Hawke did not mention either the error on Djokovic's form in his original application or his medical exemption to vaccination, which he said he was "willing to accept" was valid.

  • sstreet

    That's that for Novak

    Djokovic was supposed to play fellow Serb Miomir Kecmanovic in the first round of the Australian Open on Monday night (Melbourne time).

    However, it is almost inconceivable that any further submissions could be heard before then.

    It seems like this is the end of the line.

  • sstreet

    Process explained

    Chief Justice Allsop explained to international viewers that Novak Djokovic was not appealing the decision which the Immigration Minister had made.

    He was applying to the Federal Court to review the lawfulness or legality of the decision.

    The court decision was unanimous and it will file its reasons for dismissing Djokovic's case in due course.

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    Novak Djokovic has LOST his case!

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    We're underway again at the Federal Court

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    Decision at 6.45am

    Novak Djokovic will learn whether he can stay in Australia in just minutes.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Lawyer: Novak is low risk

    Novak Djokovic's lawyer's say the Government's OWN submissions show he offers almost no risk of passing Covid to others.

    The Serb's team also claim the government's arguments for his deportation are based on falsehoods.

    In particular, lawyer Nick Wood denies Djokovic is a powerful force in the anti-vaccination movement.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Nearly 50,000 watching

    Online viewers are flooding to watch Novak Djokovic's appeal.

    After it started at 10.32 our time, nearly 50,000 were following the stream within the first half hour.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Case 'over by lunchtime'

    Lawyers on both sides seem to think Novak Djokovic's appeal will be finalised by Sunday lunchtime in Australia – that's in the early hours of Sunday morning British time.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Judge accepts quick hearing needed

    A Federal court judge says it's now or never for the hearing – as the Australian Open starts in little more than 24 hours.

    The judge said: "Unless the court… finalised the matter by today or tomorrow, any right of appeal of Djokovic if he lost would or may be at least in part be made [useless] because of proximity of the commencement of the event being the purpose of his visit."

  • Ian Tuckey

    Djokovic 'watches from legal team's office

    Serb legend Novak Djokovic is said to be watching his appeal from his lawyer's offices.

    The latest polling shows a clear majority of Australians want the unvaccinated reigning champ to LOSE his case.

  • Ian Tuckey

    The wait goes on..

    Novak Djokovic's whole future as an Australian Open player rests on his appeal against deportation.

    The three Federal Court judges have been listening to arguments for around half an hour in a hearing not in front of the cameras.

    Djokovic losing his appeal could mean a three-year ban from Australia.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Morrison standing firm against Novak

    Australian PM Scott Morrison claimed before the hearing Novak Djokovic’s visa cancellation helps keen the country safe.

    Unvaccinated Oz Open reigning champ Djokovic is now having his appeal hearing.

    But Morrison said earlier in a statement: “Our strong border protection policies have kept Australians safe, prior to Covid and now during the pandemic.

    “This pandemic has been incredibly difficult for every Australian but we have stuck together and saved lives and livelihoods.

    “Together we have achieved on the of the lowest death rates, strongest economies and highest vaccinations, in the world.

    “Australians have made many sacrifices during this pandemic and they right expect the result of those sacrifices to be protected."

  • Ian Tuckey

    The Government's case…

    Here's a summary of what the Australian Goverment will be telling the federal judges tonight in Novak Djokovic's appeal:

    • The Serb's personal opposition to being vaccinated
    • *'Ample evidence that Djokovic's presence may foster anti-vaccination sentiment'
    • *Djokovic has failed to show that Immigration Minister Alex Hawke did NOT consider the impact of cancellation on anti-vax feelings

    Novak appeal set to begin

    Novak Djokovic will find out tonight or in the early hours if his appeal against deportation from Australia has been successful.

    And the federal court is in place to start the hearing in a couple of minutes.

    Novak looking 'confident'

    Despite looking anxious as he headed to his lawyer's office, observers claimed Novak Djokovic was relaxed and 'confident'.

    The 20-time Grand Slam winner was in immigration detention at the Park Hotel, in the Melbourne suburb of Carlton.

    He was then spotted leaving just before 9am Australian time – 10pm for Britain.

    That's 30 minutes before his appeal against deportation starts.

    3 judges to hear appeal

    Novak Djokovic's appeal against deportation will surely be the final answer to whether he defends his Australian Open title.

    And one big reason is that THREE Federal Court judges will hear it – not just one.

    Novak leaves hotel ahead of hearing

    Novak Djokovic understandably looked stern-faced and anxious as he left his hotel for tonight's appeal against his deportation.

    The nine-time Australian Open winner faces a three-year Oz ban if federal court judges back his visa being cancelled.

    • Jim Sheridan

      Novak live stream

      Who is up for a bit of courtroom drama on a Saturday night?

      The Federal Court of Australia will be showing Novak Djokovic's hearing live on their YouTube page this evening.

      We'll provide a link here on SunSport for those who wish to watch, as well as text updates.

      The last video on their channel has just over 6k views – fair to say tonight's one might get a few more than that.

    • Ian Tuckey

      'Invalid and illogial'

      Novak Djokovic's lawyers remain convinced they can overturn the reigning Australian open champ's deportation from the country tonight.

      The tournament's nine-time winner could be banned from Oz for three years if he loses his appeal in front of Aussie federal court judges at 10.30pm.

      But the unvaccinated Serb's defence team say the Australian Government has offered 'invalid and illogical' reasons to cancel his visa again after he won a first appeal.

      Djokovic was moved back to an immigration detention hotel in Melbourne ahead of tonight's hearing.

    • Jim Sheridan

      The saga continues tonight

      Not long now until the hearing Down Under, which is set for 10.30pm GMT.

      In case you missed it earlier, Sydney-based lawyer Simon Jeans says he is surprised the Australian Government has decided to cancel Novak Djokovic’s visa on public order grounds.

      Jeans said he expected the focus would remain on Djokovic’s vaccination status and whether that met Australia’s entry requirements.

      He told ESPN: “The unanswered question is if Djokovic was such a threat to good order, why grant him a visa in November?"

    • Ian Tuckey

      OZ PM: Novak deportation keeps us safe

      Australian PM Scott Morrison claims Novak Djokovic's visa cancellation helps keen the country safe.

      Unvaccinated Oz Open reigning champ Djokovic is in detention before hearing his second appeal against deportation at 10.30pm tonight British time

      But Morrison said in a statement: "Our strong border protection policies have kept Australians safe, prior to Covid and now during the pandemic.

      "This pandemic has been incredibly difficult for every Australian but we have stuck together and saved lives and livelihoods.

      "Together we have achieved on the of the lowest death rates, strongest economies and highest vaccinations, in the world.

      "Australians have made many sacrifices during this pandemic and they right expect the result of those sacrifices to be protected.

      "Due to the expected ongoing legal proceedings, I will not be providing any further comment."

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