Can he play or not? The Causa Djokovic develops into a hanging game. Meanwhile, a competitor criticized him sharply.
- The draw for the first round of the Australian Open* has taken place.
- Novak Djokovic is in the pot, his participation will be decided on Friday. The tennis star is not vaccinated against Corona*.
- Alexander Zverev* meets Daniel Altmaier in a German duel. Angelique Kerber has to prove herself against Kaia Kanepi in the first round.
+++ 1.30 p.m.: Novak Djokovic has to be patient. It is not yet clear whether the tennis superstar will be allowed to compete at the Australian Open. But at least no further investigations into unauthorized entry await him for the time being.
Numerous media in Germany, including the Bild newspaper, reported that the authorities in Spain were also investigating his entry as an unvaccinated citizen of Serbia. Djokovic had trained in Marbella in preparation for the Australian Open.
But now the Spanish Ministry of the Interior has commented on the rumours. “The reports are false. The government has not ordered anything of the sort, and there are no police investigations against the athlete,” a ministry spokesman told Politico.
Novak Djokovic: Participation in the Australian Open is still not clear
+++ 11.45 a.m.: It is not yet certain whether Novak Djokovic can actually take part in the Australian Open after his entry posse. The decision, which was actually scheduled for Thursday, will now be postponed again. As the Australian newspaper The Age reports, the tennis star would defend himself against expulsion by Immigration Minister Alex Hawke by any means necessary. The Serb’s lawyers are apparently preparing an appeal to challenge a possible deportation in court. The newspaper reports this with reference to a source close to the world number one.
Hawke is expected to announce his decision on Friday. The examination of documents from Djokovic’s legal counsel caused the latest delay. For organizational reasons, the organizers are hoping for a decision by the minister before the start of the tournament on Monday, due to the unclear situation, the 20-time Grand Slam winner was part of the draw.
Australian Open: Tsitsipas criticizes Djokovic for entry farce
+++ 10.45 a.m.: Tennis player Stefanos Tsitsipas has sharply criticized Novak Djokovic for wanting special treatment at the Australian Open. “No one would have thought that you could just come to Australia unvaccinated and not follow the protocol they set out. It’s very daring to do that and risk participating in a Grand Slam,” Tsitsipas told Ntv.
Djokovic’s appearance is a fatal signal, according to the Greek athlete. “Each individual, a very small minority, has decided to go their own way, which kind of makes the rest, the majority, look like chumps,” Tsitsipas said in the interview.
Australian Open: Djokovic has his first opponent – Kerber with a lot of bad luck in the draw
+++ 9.40 a.m.: At the start of the Australian Open, Olympic champion Alexander Zverev will meet his compatriot Daniel Altmaier on Monday, as the draw on Thursday showed. The other German participants got some challenging opponents, so Jan-Lennard Struff, who was seeded in 51st place, plays on the current number 57, the Dutchman Botic van de Zandschulp. Dominik Koepfer from Furtwangen initially duels with Spaniard Carlos Taberner, Cologne’s Oscar Otte has to deal with Tseng Chun Hsin from Taipei. In addition, Peter Gojowczyk plays against Benjamin Bonzi from France, Philipp Kohlschreiber plays against the Italian Marco Cecchinato.
In the women’s category, number 16 seeded Angelique Kerber was drawn a tough opening opponent for her first-round match with Kaia Kanepi from Estonia. In addition to the Melbourne winner of 2016, Andrea Petkovic is also seeded, who plays the outsider role against world number four Barbora Krejcikova from the Czech Republic. In addition, Tatjana Maria scores against the Greek Maria Sakkari, who is number five in the world in the tournament.
- Men’s first round matches:
- Alexander Zverev (Hamburg/No.3) – Daniel Altmaier (Kempen)
- Jan-Lennard Struff (Warstein) – Botic van de Zandschulp (Netherlands)
- Dominik Koepfer (Furtwangen) – Carlos Taberner (Spain)
- Oscar Otte (Cologne) – Tseng Chun Hsin (Taipei)
- Peter Gojowczyk (Munich) – Benjamin Bonzi (France)
- Philipp Kohlschreiber (Augsburg) – Marco Cecchinato (Italy)
- Women’s first round matches:
- Angelique Kerber (Kiel / No. 16) – Kaia Kanepi (Estonia)
- Andrea Petkovic (Darmstadt) – Barbora Krejcikova (Czech Republic/No. 4)
- Tatjana Maria (Bad Saulgau) – Maria Sakkari (Greece/No. 5)
Australian Open: Djokovic before Serbian first-round duel – if he is allowed to play
First report from 01/13/2022, 8:30 a.m.: Melbourne – Novak Djokovic already has an opponent. The 34-year-old tennis player would meet his Serbian compatriot Miomir Kecmanovic in the first round of the Australian Open – if he were allowed to play. A decision as to whether Djokovic can compete in the first Grand Slam of the year should be made today, Thursday (January 13). The tennis tournament in Australia is scheduled to start on Monday*.
Novak Djokovic is actually number one for the Australian Open. But the tennis superstar is still not vaccinated against Corona*. However, according to Australian legislation, such a vaccination is necessary in order to obtain a valid visa. Alex Hawke, Australia’s Minister of Immigration, made the final decision on Djokovic’s residence status and thus indirectly on his participation in the tennis tournament. However, this is still not certain, which is why the draw for the first round of the Australian Open took place with an hour delay.
Australian Open: Is Novak Djokovic playing or not?
But now the tournament tree of the Australian Open is fixed. Alexander Zverev is on the same half as Novak Djokovic. The two could meet in the semifinals, as they did at the Tokyo Olympics and the US Open. In Tokyo, the undisputed number one in German tennis prevailed against Djokovic. In New York (USA*), on the other hand, the Serb was ahead. Zverev meets Daniel Altmaier in a German duel in the first round.
The preparation for the Australian Open could hardly have gone worse for Novak Djokovic. The number one in the world rankings was stopped upon his arrival at the airport and initially taken to a deportation hotel because the border officials did not have the documents for his medical exemption permit. Djokovic successfully defended himself against the decision in court on Monday and has been training in Melbourne ever since. He has already won the Australian Open nine times and is the defending champion. Overall, Djokovic has already won 20 Grand Slams. A win at the Australian Open would make him the sole record holder and arguably the best tennis player of all time.
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Australian Open: The mood is clearly against Novak Djokovic
If Novak Djokovic still competes at the Australian Open despite all the quarrels, he will probably have to prepare for a few whistles from the audience “Down Under”. His sympathy values are likely to have suffered significantly from the vaccination posse. This is also proven by a recording from Australian television, more precisely from the station “Channel 7”. In preparation for their show, Rebecca Maddern and Mike Amor chatted about the tennis star – and got very clear. “It doesn’t matter how you approach it. He’s a lying, sneaky…” says Maddern and Amor adds: “Asshole.” The two spend over a minute berating Djokovic and picking apart his defense.
Djokovic admitted on Wednesday that he took part in an interview in Serbia in December despite knowing that the corona test had been positive. In addition, there was an “accidental” misrepresentation on his immigration form regarding his travel activities before flying to Melbourne. (dil/tu with AFP/SID/dpa/epd) *fr.de is an offer from IPPEN.MEDIA
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