Andy Murray says Djokovic has questions to answer as players plunge through visa queue | Novak Djokovic
Andy Murray hailed Novak Djokovic’s release from immigrant detention but he anticipates that the world No. 1 men will have a number of questions to answer in the coming days if he stays in Australia.
Djokovic spent his first full day of freedom focusing on tennis matters as he made his way to Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena behind closed doors for some much-needed practice after the best game of five days in a bedroom. hotel to fight against the cancellation of its visa.
Out of court, however, his status remained in limbo as Australian Immigration Minister Alex Hawke continued to deliberate on whether to exercise his reserved powers and attempt, for the second time, to d ‘expel the Serbian, as new questions arose over the accuracy of Djokovic’s trip. documents.
There was no response from Djokovic’s camp either, following growing attention to the positive December 16 PCR test he relied on to obtain medical exemption to travel and his apparent appearances without mask in public in social media posts shortly after that date.
As players began to talk about Djokovic’s detention, Murray said it was positive to see Djokovic win his hearing, but he believes there are still issues to be resolved.
“It is positive that he is no longer in custody,” Murray said. “Obviously he won in court so that’s a positive thing for him. With a bit of luck [he] will now be able to concentrate on tennis. You know, I think there are a few more questions that need to be answered about isolation and all that, and I’m sure we’ll be hearing from him in the next few days.
Meanwhile, Hungarian Marton Fucsovics has become one of the first players to publicly disagree with Djokovic’s presence in Australia. The 29-year-old Hungarian described Djokovic as the sport’s greatest player and stressed his respect for the No.1.
“However, we must not go beyond what is happening in the world now,” he said, speaking to M1, a Hungarian television station. “People’s health is paramount, and there are rules that were set months ago, that everyone should get vaccinated, and Djokovic didn’t. From that point of view, I don’t think he would have the right to be here.
On Monday, Djokovic and his team of lawyers won their hearing and managed to restore the 34-year-old’s visa when Judge Anthony Kelly found that Australian border forces had not given Djokovic enough time to speak with his lawyers and Tennis Australia before canceling his visa.
Thus allowed out of detention and to move around freely, Djokovic left directly from his law firm to train in Melbourne Park and returned for a second session in the middle of the afternoon, where he attended. trained with Australian junior James McCabe at Rod Laver Arena. . Amid great curiosity about his physical condition after several days spent in detention in a hotel room, Djokovic opted for his session to be held behind closed doors and the live broadcast of Rod Laver Arena to the press rooms. has been temporarily removed.
The best players sometimes choose to compete without an audience when they prefer the audience or their rivals not to be able to see them. However, the tournament has taken extraordinary measures to keep all eyes open with nearly every gate to the arena closed. Tennis Australia’s in-house videographers aside, the only footage of Djokovic came from a drone shot by 9News, although Tennis Australia photographers were allowed to pool footage.
As Djokovic continues his preparation, he does so with clouds seeming to multiply above his head. The Australian Border Force is investigating suggestions that Djokovic disclosed incorrect information about his travel report to Australia.
In the form, made public after his hearing on Monday, Djokovic – who said among various court documents that his agent and Tennis Australia completed the form at different times – said he had not traveled to any other country during the course. from the 14 days before he started his trip to Australia from Spain on January 4th.
However, photos on social media seemed to indicate that he had recently traveled from Serbia as he posed alongside Serbian handball player Petar Djordjic in Belgrade on Christmas Day. Djokovic did not comment and it is not known when the image was taken.
If Djokovic stays in Australia and takes part in the tournament, Tennis Australia – which officially confirmed on Tuesday that it will be the No. 1 seed in the men’s race – will likely be moved to beef up security after the rowdy scenes on Monday as police used pepper spray on members of the public as they stormed a car they believed was transporting Djokovic away from his lawyers’ offices.
Following Djokovic’s successful hearing, the ATP addressed his detention for the first time in a lengthy statement, acknowledging that the saga had been damaging to all concerned.
The men’s tennis governing body noted his respect for the feelings of the Australian public and the strict border laws while expressing support for Djokovic.
“It is clear that Novak Djokovic believed he had obtained a necessary medical exemption in order to comply with the entry rules,” ATP said. “The series of events leading up to Monday’s hearing have been damaging on all fronts, including Novak’s well-being and his preparation for the Australian Open.”