Nothing moves on the side of Novak Djokovic and Australia. Or rather if, things are moving as if nothing had happened. The world number 1 has been integrated into the Australian Open table and will face his compatriot Miomir Kecmanovic in the first round. On condition, therefore, not to be expelled from Australian territory.
The 34-year-old Serbian’s hopes of winning a record-breaking 21st Grand Slam title are more threatened than ever, since he admitted to making “mistakes” in his behavior after testing positive for Covid-19 in December and completing their entry form to Australia.
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Tiley made no comments
On Thursday afternoon, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said no decision has yet been taken on a possible visa cancellation and expulsion of the player. The position of Immigration Minister Alex Hawke, who had said he was considering an annulment under his discretionary powers, “has not changed,” Morrison added during a press conference. He recalled that the decision was in the hands of the minister, before declining to any other comment.
Australian Open director and Australian Federation president Craig Tiley, one of the main players in the Djokovic fiasco, declined to answer journalists’ questions after the draw.
The danger of Djokovic jurisprudence
According to Melbourne Herald Sun, a government official said allowing Djokovic to stay in Australia without being vaccinated against the coronavirus would set a dangerous precedent.
This source allegedly said that a cancellation of the visa would be in line with the efforts made by the island-continent for months to fight against the spread of the virus.