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Novak Djokovic: Andy Murray refuses to enter boat after Australia visa is cancelled

‘I won’t kick Novak when he’s down’: Andy Murray refuses to blame Djokovic after deciding to revoke his visa and deport him from Australia, but the British star admits it’s ‘good for no one situation is’











Andy Murray declined to blame Novak Djokovic after the world No. 1 learned he would be deported from Australia, but admitted it’s “not a good situation for anyone”.

Djokovic will be expelled from the country on the eve of the Australian Open after his visa was revoked for the second time.

The unvaccinated Djokovic has been denied the chance to compete for a 21st Grand Slam title in Melbourne after government officials concluded he could pose a health risk to the community.

Andy Murray said he 'wouldn't kick Novak Djokovic while he's down' after Serbian world No. 1 saw his Australian visa revoked

Andy Murray said he ‘wouldn’t kick Novak Djokovic while he’s down’ after Serbian world No. 1 saw his Australian visa revoked

Australia has revoked Novak Djokovic’s visa for the second time, the country’s immigration minister announced on Friday. Pictured: Djokovic rests during a training session in Australia’s Melbourne Park, January 14, 2022

And Djokovic, 34, a nine-time Australian Open champion, may not be seen at the event for a while as he cannot get a new visa for three years.

But Murray, who advanced to the final of the Sydney Tennis Classic on Friday, said: ‘It’s not a good situation. I’m not going to sit here and start kicking Novak while he’s down.

“I mean, I said last, it’s not a good situation for anyone.

“It’s a shame it ended up in such a situation, and who knows? I don’t know what the process is now.

“I don’t know which route he will take, if he can appeal and how long that will take, and can he still be practicing or competing in the tournament during that process?”

Djokovic stands at an Australian Border Force booth at the airport in Melbourne, Australia, when he arrived in the country on January 5.

Djokovic stands at an Australian Border Force booth at the airport in Melbourne, Australia, when he arrived in the country on January 5.

He added: “I just want it to be cleared up. I think it would be good for everyone if that were the case.

“It seems like it’s been going on for a long time and it’s not great for tennis, not great for the Australian Open, not great for Novak.

‘Obviously, here too many people criticize the government. It hasn’t been good.’

Earlier this week, Murray admitted to having some sympathy for Djokovic, whom he has known since childhood, after he was detained by the Australian Border Force following his arrival in the country.

“I think it’s shocking everyone to be honest,” Murray said over the weekend.

Andy Murray has reached his first ATP Tour level final since October 2019 after his last win

Andy Murray has reached his first ATP Tour level final since October 2019 after his last win

“I’m going to say two things about it now. The first is I hope Novak is okay. I know him well and I have always had a good relationship with him and I hope he is well.

“Second, it’s really not good for tennis at all, and I don’t think it’s good for everyone involved. I think it’s really bad.’

Others in the tennis world have less sympathy for Djokovic.

Stefanos Tsitsipas accused Djokovic of “playing by his own rules” and “endangering” the entire Australian Open by not getting vaccinated against Covid.

And Wimbledon quarter-finalist Marton Fucsovics said Djokovic had no right to be in Australia at all.

The Djokovic visa saga is unlikely to be finalized despite this latest decision.

The decision to revoke his visa due to COVID-19 entry rules raises the prospect of a possible second lawsuit from the Serbian tennis star to stay and play in the Open from Monday.

Djokovic and Murray have known each other since childhood and get along well

Djokovic and Murray have known each other since childhood and get along well

A source close to Djokovic’s team confirmed to Reuters that he is considering the decision and weighing his options, with video on Friday reportedly showing a car – presumably with the player – arriving with his lawyers.

Djokovic, the defending champion of the Australian Open, was included in the draw of the tournament as the leader on Thursday and had to face compatriot Miomir Kecmanovic for his opening game, probably on Monday or Tuesday.

NOVAK DJOKOVIC’S AUSTRALIAN OPEN SAGA

Novak Djokovic’s defense of his Australian Open title remains in doubt after Australian immigration officials canceled his visa for the second time.

Djokovic’s lawyers are expected to challenge Friday’s dramatic decision by Immigration Minister Alex Hawke, the day after the nine-time champion was drawn to face Miomir Kecmanovic in the first round.

Here’s how the saga has unfolded:

January 4: Djokovic tweets that he is on his way to the Australian Open with medical exemption. He writes on Instagram: ‘I spent fantastic quality time with my loved ones during intermission and today I am going Down Under with a waiver clearance. On to 2022!!’

Jan 5 Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison warns Djokovic that he will be on the ‘next plane home’ if his medical exemption is deemed insufficient, and is adamant that Djokovic will not receive preferential treatment.

Jan 5 Djokovic’s visa is canceled upon his arrival in Melbourne. The Australian Border Force has announced that the player has “failed to provide adequate evidence to meet the eligibility requirements for Australia.”

6 January: Djokovic is sent to Park Hotel in Melbourne after being denied a visa. He launches an appeal, which is adjourned until January 10 in the morning. Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic says Djokovic is the victim of ‘persecution’.

January 9: Djokovic’s lawyers claim he was granted a vaccine exemption to enter Australia because he took a positive Covid-19 test in Serbia on December 16. However, social media posts suggest that he attended a number of social events in the days following his apparent diagnosis.

January 10: Djokovic’s visa withdrawal is overturned by Judge Anthony Kelly, who orders the Australian government to pay court costs and release Djokovic within half an hour. Djokovic says he is “satisfied and grateful” and wants to “stay and try to compete”.

January 11: Djokovic’s title defense remains in doubt as Australia’s Immigration Minister questions whether he should override the court’s ruling, allegedly over an allegedly misleading statement made by Djokovic on his entry form regarding his movements in the 14 days leading up to arrival in Australia.

January 12: Djokovic admits making a ‘error of judgment’ by attending an interview with a French journalist while Covid was positive. He adds that although he attended a children’s tennis event the day after the test, he was not notified of the positive test until after the event.

Jan 13: Djokovic will face compatriot Miomir Kecmanovic in the first round.

Jan 14: Immigration Minister Alex Hawke has canceled Djokovic’s visa for the second time, saying in a statement it was “for reasons of health and good order”.

Reporting by PA

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