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Novak Djokovic’s Visa Fiasco To Go On Until Monday As Tennis Australia Faces Scrutiny Over It’s Management Of Case

It is a situation which has never occurred before in the world of tennis but could it have been avoided if officials followed the advice given to them last year?

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As Novak Djokovic’s Australian Open Participation hangs in the balance, tournament officials are feeling the heat.

 

On Wednesday the world No.1 was denied entry into Australia after having his visa revoked. The Australian border (ABF) force said their decision was made because the Serbian ‘failed to provide the appropriate evidence to meet the entry requirements.’ According to one source, Djokovic’s paperwork upon arrival in the country was ‘minimal’ and supported by evidence from just one doctor instead of the usual three required. Meaning, he didn’t provide enough proof to justify that he didn’t need to have a vaccine.

It is understood that Djokovic applied for a medical exemption to play at the Australian Open on the grounds that he has had covid-19 over the past six months which has deferred him from having a vaccine. This was approved by two independent panels of medical experts which allowed him to play at the Australian Open. This year’s tournament has said all participants must be fully vaccinated unless they are exempt in line with a local government health mandate.

However, the grounds for granting Djokovic a pass in the first place appears to be in question and so is the credibility of Tennis Australia’s medical exemption process. Just hours after Djokovic was told his visa had been rejected, NCA NewsWire obtained a letter sent from health minister Greg Hunt to Tennis Australia CEO Craig Tiley. The letter, which was dated November 29th, stated that players who had tested positive for COVID-19 over the past six months are not deemed fully vaccinated and therefore not allowed into the country.

“The Australian Border Force has advised that people must be fully vaccinated, as defined by ATAGI (the national advisory body on vaccines) to gain quarantine-free entry into Australia,” Mr Hunt wrote.
“In relation to your specific questions, I can confirm that people who contracted Covid-19 within the past six months and seek to enter Australia from overseas, and have not received two doses of a Therapeutic Goods Administration-approved or recognised vaccine are not considered fully vaccinated.”

Should this be the case, it is unclear as to why Tennis Australia didn’t factor this in. If they did, why were the independent medical panels still authorised to give such decisions? It is understood that communication was sent to players following Hunt’s letter but they were not told about the vaccine requirement.

As part of their counter argument, Tennis Australia is said to have claimed that other players who have contracted COVID-19 over the past six months have been allowed into the country. It has now been confirmed that at least one player and one official is under investigation by the ABF.

“I’m aware of those allegations, and I can assure you that the Australian Border Force is investigating that now,” Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews told 2GB. “ABF needs the opportunity to be able to conduct its investigation. But if the evidence is not there, then they will take the appropriate action.”

The Age reports that those unnamed individuals have more than one doctor to back up their evidence and appears to have more substance to their grounds for a visa than Djokovic.

Andrews also said in a separate statement that the government has a right to deny anybody entry into the country regardless of if they have been granted a medical exemption or not.

“While the Victorian Government and Tennis Australia may permit a non-vaccinated player to compete in the Australian Open, it is the Commonwealth Government that will enforce our requirements at the Australian border,” she said.

Meanwhile, one source from Tennis Australia claims that the decision to refuse Djokovic entry is politically driven. Insinuating that officials didn’t want to let him into the country as it would have given them a bad image.

I don’t know how the feds will (address the fact that) several tennis players are already in the country with the same exemption granted to Novak,” the source told The Age.
“This looks to us like the feds are responding to the media by letting some players in but not the world No.1.”

As for Djokovic, his legal team has filed an appeal to the Victorian court against the decision to deport him. The court has adjourned his legal case until Monday which means the tennis star will be able to stay in the country until then at least.

Tennis Australia is still yet to issue an official statement concerning Djokovic. The Australian Open will begin on January 17th.

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Novak Djokovic reaches the semifinal in Tel Aviv

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Novak Djokovic beat Canadian lucky loser Vasek Pospisil 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 to reach the semifinal at the Tel Aviv Watergen Open. 

 

Djokovic has improved his record to 6-0 in his head-to-head matches against Pospisil. He has won all 13 sets they have played. 

Both players went on serve en route to the tie-break. Djokovic earned two mini-breaks to race out to a 4-0 lead. Pospisil won five of the next six points to draw level to 5-5. Djokovic won the next two points to seal the tie-break 7-5. 

Djokovic went up a break at the start of the second set. Pospisil broke back in the fifth game to reduce the deficit to 2-3. Djokovic broke again in the eighth game before serving out for the match in the next game. 

Djokovic set up a semifinal against Roman Safiulin. The Serbian player is aiming to win his third title this season after his previous triumphs in Rome and Wimbledon. He is currently ranked 15th in the ATP Race to Turin. As he won a Grand Slam title at Wimbeldon this year, he will qualify for the ATP Finals if he remains in the top 20. 

“It was a great and positive win. Vasek is one of my best friends on the tour. We have known each other for many years. It is never easy playing someone you respect so much and like so much, but we are both professionals and wanted to win the match and you can see that. ”, said Djokovic. 

Constant Lestienne came back from one set down to beat Maxime Cressy 6-7 (4-7) 6-3 7-6 (7-3) setting up a semifinal against Marin Cilic, who reached his fifth semifinal this year after receiving a walkover from Liam Broady.   

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Jannik Sinner reaches his third consecutive semifinal at the Sofia Open

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Jannik Sinner cruised past Aleksandar Vukic 6-2 6-3 to advance to his third consecutive semifinal at the Sofia Open. Sinner scored his 45th tour.level win this season moving up to 12th in the ATP Race to Turin. He will rise to 10th if he wins his third consecutive title in Sofia. 

 

Sinner has extended his winning streak to 11-0 at the Sofia Open. He claimed the trophy at this tournament at the Sofia Open in 2020 before he successfully defended his title last year.  

Sinner faced four break points after three double faults in the first game of opening set. Vukic saved a break point with a forehand at 1-2. Sinner broke twice in the sixth and eighth games to win the first set 6-2. 

Sinner built up a 3-0 lead with a break at the start of the second set. Vukic broke back in the seventh game for 3-4. Sinner earned his second break in the eighth game. Sinner missed out on his first match point with his fifth double fault. Vukic fended off a second match point with a forehand passing shot. Sinner saved a break point with an ace before sealing the win on his third match point. 

“I hope to raise my level in the next match. I am happy to reach the third semifinal at this tournament. I feel at home in Sofia. I will try to play my best tennis in every match”, said Sinner, 

Sinner will face a semifinal match against Holger Rune, who will face Ilya Ivashka 6-2 5-7 6-4 after 2 hours and 22 minutes. 

Rune broke in the fifth and seventh games to win the first set 6-2. Ivashka saved four break points in th third game before breaking for the first time in the match in the 12th game to close out the second set 7-5. 

Rune earned a break in the third game to take a 2-1 lead. Ivashka broke back in the sixth game to draw level to 3-3. Rune broke for the second game in the ninth game and held serve on his second match point. 

Lorenzo Musetti moved past world number 132 player Jan-Lennard Struff 7-6 (7-3) 6-1 after 1 hour and 16 minutes to reach his second ATP Tour semifinal of the season. 

Struff earned an early break in the second game to open up a 3-0 lead. Musetti came back from 15-40 down to break back in the fifth game with a backhand passing shot winner. Musetti went down 0-2 in the tie-break, but he rallied by winning seven of the next eight points to seal the tie-break 7-3. Musetti broke twice in the second and fourth games and sealed the win on his first match point with a forehand winner after 77 minutes. Musetti set up a semifinal match against Marc Andrea Huesler, who saved two match points in the tie-break of the second set to beat Kamil Majchrzak 6-7 (4-7) 7-6 (8-6) 6-3. 

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Casper Ruud and Stefanos Tsitsipas qualify for the Nitto ATP Finals in Turin

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Casper Ruud and Stefanos Tsitsipas have qualified for the Nitto ATP Finals singles tournament in Turin, Joining Australian Open champion Rafael Nadal and US Open winner Carlos Alcaraz. 

 

Ruud secured his spot in the year-end championships by winning his second-round match in Seoul. 

Ruud reached his first ATP Masters 1000 final in Miami and two Grand Slam finals at Roland Garros and at the US Open. He also won three ATP Tour titles in Buenos Aires, Geneva and Gstaad. The Norwegian player has scored 47 ATP Tour-level wins and is ranked third behind only Alcaraz (52) and Tsistipas (49). 

Ruud made his first appearance at the Nitto ATP Finals in Turin last year. He won his round robin matches against against Cameron Norrie and Andrey Rublev before losing to Danil Medvedev in the semifinal. 

“I just got the news that I qualified for the Nitto ATP Finals in Turin and I am looking forward to coming back to Italy. I had such a great time last year. It’s a great country for tennis”, said Ruud. 

Tsitsipas has become the fourth player to qualify to qualify for the Nitto ATP Finals. The Greek player will make his fourth consecutive appearance at the year-end tournament. He won the title in 2019 beating Novak Djokovic in the final. Tsitsipas started the 2022 season with a semifinal at the Australian Open last January. He advanced to the final in Rotterdam where he finished runner-up to Felix Auger Aliassime.

The 2019 Next Gen ATP Finals champion won his second consecutive title at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters. Last May Tsitsipas finished runner-up to Novak Djokovic in the final of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome. During the US hard-court season the Athens native player lost to Borna Coric in the final of the Cincinnati Masters 1000 tournament. 

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