Novak Djokovic news LIVE: Australian Border Force investigate potential false travel claim from tennis star

Novak Djokovic is free to enter Australia after winning his fight with the nation’s government over his visa – for now, at least. Minister for Immigration Alex Hawke is still considering the possibility of “a personal power of cancellation”, a move which could yet drag on for several days as the Serbian star looks to prepare to compete for the Australian Open.

Both of his parents have been outspoken during the course of the appeal, with his father claiming victory for human rights and free speech in “a young man from a small, poor country” defeating “big, powerful people” in the courts. Djokovic’s mother, meanwhile, compared his treatment to being “subjected to torture, to harassment”.

However, none of his family opted to answer questions surrounding the tennis star’s positive Covid result from December, ending a press conference when the matter arose on Monday. Court documents show Djokovic testing positive on 16 December, but the following day he was apparently photographed in public settings without a mask and with children in attendance. Follow all the latest news and reaction from Djokovic’s hearing below.


Djokovic still faces deportation

Djokovic may have won his appeal to stay in Australia on Monday but immigration minister Alex Hawke still has the power to deport the star if he wishes.

It’s believed the government minister will make his decision on Wednesday ahead of the Australian Open, which starts on 17 January.

But why can he still be deported? Here’s a piece that explains everything:

Novak Djokovic still facing prospect of deportation despite winning visa appeal

Judge Anthony Kelly quashed the visa cancellation and ordered the Australian Government to pay legal costs and release Djokovic from detention.

Australian Border Force investigating whether Novak Djokovic made false travel claim

The Australian Border Force are investigating Novak Djokovic over a potential false travel claim.

The Serbian claimed that he had not travelled for 14 days before entering Australia.

But this claim appears to contradict several social media posts.

Djokovic was seen in Belgrade on Christmas Day and flew from Spain to Australia, via Dubai, on 4 January.

Djokovic’s fate, despite winning a court appeal on Monday, now lies with Australia’s immigration minister Alex Hawke, meaning he could yet be deported.

It has now been confirmed that Djokovic, in a traveller declaration, filed 1 January, declared “no” when asked: “Have you travelled or will you travel in the 14 days prior to your flight to Australia?”

The declaration comes with a warning that a “serious offence” is caused by providing false or misleading information and may be punishable by civil penalties.

Tomic hits out at Australian Open Covid testing

Bernard Tomic was caught on camera in an extraordinary exchange with an umpire at the Australian Open qualifying event.

Tomic lost his qualifier but after the first set he bet the official he would test positive for Covid.

He said: “I’m sure in the next two days I’ll test positive, I’m telling you. I’ll buy you dinner if I don’t test positive in three days. Otherwise, you buy me dinner.

“I cannot believe nobody’s getting tested. They’re allowing players to come on the court with rapid tests in their room. Come on. No official PCR testing.”

He has given an update on his health and you can read the full story:

‘I’ll test positive’: Bernard Tomic lashes out at Covid testing during defeat

Tomic lost his Australian Open qualifier in straight sets and said after the match that he was experiencing symptoms for Covid-19

Murray and Farage Twitter exchange

Nigel Farage has been in Belgrade with Djokovic’s family during the tennis star’s struggles in Australia.

The politician shared a video of the family home and said he had been “welcomed” in and British player Andy Murray replied.

He said: “Please record the awkward moment when you tell them you’ve spent most of your career campaigning to have people from Eastern Europe deported.”

Read how Farage replied and the full story:

Andy Murray lampoons Nigel Farage with cutting tweet over Novak Djokovic saga

Andy Murray mocks Nigel Farage on Twitter

Kyrgios “embarrassed” about Djokovic situation

Nick Kyrgios is “embarrassed” to be an Australian athlete due to the way Djokovic’s visa situation has played out.

“We know that the media like to create s***-storms, with my story and everything going on with Novak,” said Kyrgios “I feel quite embarrassed as an Australian athlete who’s seen what this guy has done for us and for the sport.

“I just don’t think it’s right how we’re handling it, but the media loves to do that, loves to divide.”

Read the full story:

Nick Kyrgios ‘embarrassed’ to be Australian athlete after Novak Djokovic visa debacle

The world No 114 has hit out at the media over the controversy surrounding the Serbian’s visa and Covid vaccine exemption

Djokovic set to face more questions

Djokovic has claimed he didn’t travel before entering Australia but footage has emerged which could see the star face more questioning.

The footage appears to show Djokovic practicing at a training camp in the south of Spain on December 31, which would throw into question Djokovic’s claim that he did not travel prior to flying to Australia on 4 January.

This is the latest in a series of events that has culminated in Djokovic waiting to see if immigration minister Alex Hawke will deport him ahead of the Australian Open.

Full story:

Novak Djokovic set to face further questions over false travel claims

The world No. 1 has been cleared to enter Australia but there have been fresh claims that there was false information on his travel form

Djokovic faces tough crowd, says Becker

Boris Becker has warned Djokovic he will face a frosty crowd at the Australian Open if he competes.

The star could still be deported but at the moment he is on track to attempt to defend his title and win his 21st Grand Slam.

Becker told the BBC: “I’m sure there will be a couple of boos and whistles, but he’s used to that.

“He was always a street-fighter who had to fight the odds and win over the crowd, and it was fascinating in last year’s US Open final when they finally embraced him.

“The crowd will be difficult with him but with each match he starts, he will win the crowd and they will embrace him again. But he is going to have a difficult first week.”

Read the full story:

Novak Djokovic in for ‘difficult’ time from Australian crowd, Boris Becker predicts

The 20-time major winner is still awaiting news on whether the Australian immigration minister will decide to cancel his visa

Djokovic confirmed as top seed

The Australian Open have confirmed Djokovic is the top seed in the men’s event despite there being some doubt over whether he will compete.

The star could have his visa re-cancelled in coming days but his preparations for the event have continued with him back on court practicing.

Ashleigh Barty has been named top seed for the women’s competition. She recently won the Adelaide International.

ATP says Djokovic situation “damaging on all fronts"

The men’s tennis tour ATP has released a statement about Djokovic’s visa situation and says it is “damaging on all fronts”.

The statement came after the world no. 1 won his appeal to stay in Australia but their immigration minister could still cancel his visa.

ATP said: “Complications in recent days related to player entry into Australia have… highlighted the need for clearer understanding, communication and application of the rules.

“In travelling to Melbourne, it’s clear Novak Djokovic believed he had been granted a necessary medical exemption in order to comply with entry regulations.

“The series of events leading to Monday’s court hearing have been damaging on all fronts, including for Novak’s well-being and preparation for the Australian Open.”

Djokovic appeal win a victory for free speech

The Djokovic family took part in a press conference on Monday where they shared their feelings about the situation and celebrated Djokovic’s appeal win.

His father, Srdan, said it was a victory for freedom of speech: “He fought for freedom of thoughts, freedom of speech. It’s been very, very difficult for us, as for everyone in the world who is free-thinking. But he is extremely strong, a fantastic young man who always tries to help, never to harm.”

Read the full story:

Novak Djokovic’s visa appeal is a victory for free speech, father declares

Srdan Djokovic celebrated ‘justice’ after his son’s legal team won their fight against the tennis star’s deportation ahead of the Australian Open

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