‘Misinformation’ could prevent Djokovic from participating in Australian Open

Wrong information in the entry form could prevent Serbian Novak Djokovic, the world number one, from defending his title at the Australian Open next Monday.

In response to a typical travel document question if he has traveled or will be traveling somewhere in the last 14 days before traveling to Melbourne, Australia, he marked “No” on the form which has been made public Tuesday.

However, social media posts suggest otherwise. It shows that the Serbian living in Monte-Carlo was in the Serbian capital Belgrade and then in the city of Marbella in Spain in the 14 days before arriving in Melbourne.

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After the resounding loss of the Australian government to Djokovic in court on Monday amid the cancellation of his entry visa to the country for failing to meet the conditions related to the Corona virus pandemic for failing to receive the vaccine, Immigration Minister Alex Hawk has said he can still deport the world number one.

And he would have reason to do so if it turned out that Djokovic had lied on his registration form.

The travel form clearly states that “giving false or misleading information is a serious crime” and may result in a three-year ban from entering Australia.

Djokovic was seen in Belgrade on December 25 with Serbian handball player Petar Djurdic, as the photo appeared on the latter’s “Instagram” account.

There seems to be indisputable evidence that he traveled to Spain around New Year’s Eve. On January 2, local newspaper Diario Sur took a photo of Djokovic playing at the Puente Romano club in the Sierra Blanca in Marbella, where he was staying in a villa.

On December 31, the Soto Tennis Academy also released a video of the players’ training in Marbella and tweeted: “We can confirm that Djokovic is ready for the Australian Open if possible.”

Noli, 34, arrived in Melbourne on the 5th of this month after receiving a medical waiver from the tournament organizers, before his visa was canceled at the airport, sparking a legal battle that ended when a judge Federal ordered that the decision be overturned on Monday.

Even before what happened in the last two weeks before he arrived in Australia, Djokovic was seen in Belgrade after claiming to contract COVID-19 on December 16, which is why he was granted medical dispensation.

However, the case also sparked controversy after attending the next day (December 17) a tribute to young Serbian players without a mask in Belgrade, according to photos posted by the Serbian Tennis Federation on social media.

He also underwent a photo shoot with the French newspaper “L’Equipe” two days later, on the 18th of the aforementioned month, according to the newspaper itself.

His brother Djordji confirmed at Monday’s press conference that Novak was injured on December 16, and when a reporter asked him: “Was he in a public place on December 17 while he was injured?” “, He replied:” The press conference is over. . “

Since leaving the Melbourne Passenger Detention Center on Monday, Djokovic has continued his activity as if everything is normal and has trained ahead of next Monday’s tournament.

But he will see if these videos or incorrect information in the form will lead him to be disqualified or not from participation in the tournament.

Source: “AFP”

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