Timeline: The Djokovic saga

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The Australian Open starts on Monday (Sunday in the US), and No. 1 seed Novak Djokovic’s position is still up in the air.

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Where does it stand: Djokovic faced deportation after the Australian government canceled his visa for the second time on Friday. Djokovic’s lawyer has sought an injunction from a court to prevent his removal from Australia.

How we got here: last 10 days The record should have been about World No. 1’s quest for a 21st major victory. Instead, he has snowballed into one of the greatest off-court tennis sagas of all time.

  • January 4: Djokovic, who hasn’t been vaccinated, announcement of He is going to Australia with medical exemption. A few days later, we came to know that he was exempted as he had tested positive for COVID in December.
  • January 5: Upon arrival in Melbourne, he is kept at the airport – in a room guarded by the police, according to his father – Because of a mistake in your visa application.
  • January 6: Djokovic’s visa revoked after eight hours of detention at airport denied access For country for failing to meet exemption requirements.
  • January 9: While he’s imprisoned in an immigration detention hotel – and unintentionally draw wide attention For refugees — Djokovic’s parents join the rally Demanded his release in Belgrade, Serbia.
  • January 10: Djokovic has a visa reinstated On appeal after arguing that his positive test in December ended the country’s vaccination requirement. hours later, that’s out in the courts Practice.
  • January 12: In Statement, Djokovic blames his agent for the “tick”[ing] Wrong box on his travel announcement”, which falsely claimed that he had not visited any country in the past two weeks.
  • January 12: In the same statement, he admitted to attending a personal interview after his positive test in December. He calls the breach of protocol an “error of judgment”, while the Serbian prime minister it is called “A clear violation.”
  • January 13: The tournament draw is revealed, and Djokovic is shown as the No. 1 seed, even as immigration officials continue to investigate him.

Bottom-line: 255 men and women currently watching Pull And preparing for the first big tournament of the year, but the 256th is everything one can talk about.


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