Djokovic “completely confused” by the visa test | Narooma News

Novak Djokovic is said to be “completely confused” as the world No. 1’s fight to avoid deportation to Serbia has resumed amid global attention from the Federal Circuit Court in Melbourne.

Technical issues forced a half-hour delay before the hearing began on Monday after a court-provided live streaming link went down due to the overwhelming number of people trying to view the proceedings.

But when it finally did, the judge deciding whether Djokovic could defend his Australian Open crown this month asked what the nine-time champion could have done to get into Australia.

The 34-year-old Serb arrived late Wednesday after saying he had a medical reason not to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

But he has been in immigration detention since Thursday morning after his visa was canceled, with federal government officials arguing that Djokovic did not have a vaccination exemption.

But Nick Wood SC said Djokovic said before boarding his flight to Australia from Dubai that he had a medical contraindication provided by Tennis Australian and was able to provide it. proof.

“What more could this man have done?” asked Judge Anthony Kelly.

“Here, a professor and an eminently qualified physician produced and provided the applicant with a medical waiver.

“In addition to that, this medical exemption and the basis on which it was granted was granted separately by another independent panel of experts established by the Government of the State of Victoria.”

The judge said the documents were in the hands of the Immigration Department delegate who made the decision to cancel Djokovic’s visa on behalf of Home Secretary Karen Andrews.

Wood said Djokovic was “completely confused” by the situation because he had done everything that was asked of him.

Documents released by the Federal Court on Saturday show Djokovic contracted COVID-19 on December 16 and was symptom-free before arriving in Australia.

His lawyers will argue that he met the criteria for a temporary exemption under the guidelines of the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (ATAGI) and that he was denied procedural fairness in the decision to revoke his Visa.

The saga has divided the tennis world and left Djokovic’s quest for a record-breaking 21st Grand Slam title at Melbourne Park in turmoil.

Andy Murray is the latest big name to worry about Djokovic while saying the whole episode is “really bad” for tennis.

Murray, who lost four Open finals to Djokovic, said he was quite dismayed by the events of the past five days.

“I think everyone is shocked to be honest,” the former world number one told reporters.

“I’m going to say two things about this later.

“The first thing is that I hope Novak is doing well. I know him well and have always had a good relationship with him.

“The second thing I’ll say about it is that it’s really not good at all for tennis, and I don’t think it’s good for anyone involved. I think it’s really bad. .

“Some stuff came out that really doesn’t look right either. I want to hear all the facts first before I give my thoughts on this.”

Murray’s thoughts were echoed by other tennis stars like Australia’s most prominent player, Nick Kyrgios, who said: “I feel for him now. Like he’s not really human, is not, what’s going on? “

Associated Australian Press

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