Djokovic is being held in solitary confinement in Melbourne pending the outcome of an appeal against the Australian Border Force (ABF) decision to revoke his entry visa and deport him; call for defending Australian Open champion is due to be heard on Monday
Last updated: 08/22/22 9:25 a.m.
Key Novak Djokovic appeal documents revealed his request for medical exemption is based on recent positive Covid-19 test
Novak Djokovic’s appeal to enter Australia with a medical exemption is based on a recent positive Covid-19 test, a dossier filed by his lawyers revealed on Saturday.
In court documents released on Saturday, it is stated that the Serb tested positive on December 16 and “has not had a fever or respiratory symptoms from COVID-19 for the past 72 hours.”
Djokovic has been held at an immigration center in Melbourne since Thursday morning after his visa was canceled following a close review of the medical exemption he obtained to attend the first major tennis tournament in the ‘year.
According to his legal team, Djokovic also received a letter from Tennis Australia’s chief medical officer stating that he had a medical exemption from the Covid vaccination.
It is claimed that the exemption certificate was “provided by an independent expert medical review committee appointed by Tennis Australia”, and “the decision of that committee has been reviewed and approved by an exemption review committee medical services independent of the government of the state of Victoria ”.
Djokovic supporters gather outside the Melbourne hotel where he is being held
Djokovic’s lawyers added that he obtained an “Australian travel declaration” because authorities told him [he met] the requirements for an arrival without quarantine in Australia “.
Djokovic, nine-time winner of the Australian Open, must wait for a hearing on Monday to find out his fate.
It is also understood that a request from Djokovic to move from his current hotel to another accommodation with a tennis court was denied, along with a request for a personal chef.
On Friday, it emerged that two other people linked to the tournament had joined Djokovic over being ordered to leave the country by the Australian Border Force.
Djokovic’s mother Dijana says her son is treated as a “prisoner” in poor conditions at his quarantine hotel
One of them is Czech doubles specialist Renata Voracova, who took part in a warm-up tournament in Melbourne this week but has now chosen to leave Australia.
Djokovic, 34, is instructed to stay at the Park Hotel in Melbourne, which houses asylum seekers and refugees, before Monday’s hearing.
He broke his silence on Instagram, saying, “Thank you people all over the world for your continued support. I can feel it and it’s greatly appreciated.”
Novak Djokovic – Sequence of events
|Djokovic announces that he will travel to Australia with an “exemption permit” on Tuesday January 4th.|
|While Djokovic is in flight, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the athlete would be on the “next plane home” if he could not provide “acceptable proof” that his exemption was legitimate.|
|Acting Sports Minister Jaala Pulford stresses that local government in Victoria, where the Australian Open is being held, will not support Djokovic’s visa application.|
|The world number 1 arrives at Melbourne Airport around 11:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 5.|
|At around 3:15 a.m. local time in Australia, Djokovic’s father reports that his son is being held in solitary confinement at Melbourne airport.|
|At 5 a.m. local time, Goran Ivanisevic posted an image on social media of himself and Djokovic’s physiotherapist apparently waiting for world number 1.|
|At approximately 8:15 am local time, Djokovic’s visa was confirmed to have been refused.|
|Djokovic has moved to a quarantine hotel as the team is appealing for the visa to be canceled.|
|Appeal against visa cancellation adjourned until Monday 10:00 am Australian time.|
|Australian Home Secretary Karen Andrews said Djokovic was “free to leave at any time” and was not being detained.|
|Djokovic breaks the silence in an Instagram post on Friday, thanking his fans for their “continued support.”|
|The submission of Djokovic’s lawyers on Saturday reveals a positive Covid-19 test in December.|
Nadal: Djokovic knew the risks | Kyrgios: Doing better, Australia
Rafael Nadal criticized Djokovic for “not following the rules”, saying: “If he wanted to, he would play without problem.
“He’s taken his own stand and everyone is free to take their stand. But there are consequences. I don’t like the situation. In some ways, I feel sorry for him.
Rafael Nadal had his say on Djokovic’s situation in Australia and says he could have made it easier for himself by following the rules
“But he knew the conditions months ago. He made his own decision.”
Australian Nick Kyrgios has since weighed in on Twitter to call on his country to “do better” in his treatment of Djokovic.
World number 93 wrote: ‘Look, I really believe in action, I got the vaccine because of other people and for my mother’s health, but the way we are handling Novak’s situation is bad, really bad. .
“Like those memes, headlines, he’s one of our great champions but at the end of the day he’s human. Do better.”
Djokovic’s Aussie Open debacle: what happened?
Djokovic flew to Australia on a “vaccine exemption” and arrived in Melbourne on Wednesday, but was ultimately refused entry into the country after nine hours at the airport.
The Serbian’s visa did not allow medical exemptions and was canceled, after which he was transferred to quarantine at the hotel as his team made an appeal – that appeal was adjourned until Monday.