The case Novak Djokovic has the hours counted. After a week of scandals, at dawn from Thursday to Friday the verdict of Immigration about the deportation of the world’s number one. The latest information suggests that Alex Hawke will exercise his power to deport the Serbian, who will not be able to fight for his tenth title in the Open de Australia and thus become the tennis player with the most Grand Slams in history.
The lies have been very expensive. In Serbia they no longer support him, the prime minister lashed out at him for “violating” health restrictions. The world’s number one skipped isolation after testing positive on December 16 and attending public events on December 17 and 18 without a mask. He is exposed to a three-year prison sentence in his country for violating article 248 of the Serbian criminal code by not having isolated himself after testing positive for coronavirus. To top it all, polls in Australia reveal that people don’t like him.
That is not the only sanction you could face Djokovic, since he also lied in the statement to get into Australia by incorrectly assuring that he had not made any trip in the 14 days prior to his arrival in the oceanic country. Yet another lie. Novak traveled to Belgrade on December 25 and 26 and later, on December 31, he returned to Marbella to continue with the preseason and on the 4th he headed to Melbourne.
At first everything seemed rosy for the Serbian, they had granted him a medical exemption and he was going to dispute the Open de Australia. Criticism was not long in coming. Many tennis players protested to allow entry to the country of the number one in the world despite not meeting the requirements (being vaccinated). But that didn’t matter to him because he had gotten away with it, or so he thought.
Held at the airport
Upon arrival at Australia, Novak he was held for almost eight hours at the airport due to irregularities in his visa. That was ground zero for the soap opera. After eight hours, he was taken to an infamous hotel where he was kept in isolation without contact with his people. Many fans of the Serbian stood at the door of the hotel to protest what was happening, and his father compared him to Jesus Christ.
Meanwhile the lawyers of Djokovic They filed an appeal to avoid their immediate deportation. Judge Anthony Kelly ruled in his favor and allowed him to leave the hotel where he was being held. Then he went to train to prepare the first big of the course, which starts this Monday at Melbourne Park.
Enter the Australian Open draw
Awaiting the final verdict of the ministry of Immigration, the organization of Open de Australia has included Nole in the draw for the final draw of the tournament held this Thursday. At first the alarms went off after it was announced that the draw was delayed and the subsequent appearance of the country’s prime minister, Scott Morrison, who did not get wet on the case. A few minutes later it resumed smoothly and chance placed Nadal Y Djokovic on the same side of the frame.
However, everything indicates that the Serbian will not be able to jump to the track since he will be deported. Immigration continues to investigate all the evidence and contradictions that have appeared in the last hours, including the QR of the PCR report that was made on December 16 and in which, a priori, it tested positive and for which it was granted the exemption medical. However, when opening that QR, at first it presented a negative result but a few hours later it had changed and it was positive.
It’s all very strange. The tennis player himself acknowledged that he had made some mistakes in the declaration of the trip, which could cost him deportation. The truth is that with the passing of the days the tests that have been coming out left the Balkan worse and worse. He is on the ropes but he is not even going to give up. From Australia they suggest that he is working with his lawyers to appeal the decision if the minister decides to deport him. He is going to die fighting.