Novak Djokovic earned a seismic win on Monday after the World No 1 efficiently challenged the Australian Authorities’s resolution to cancel his visa, paving the way in which for him to play within the Australian Open after 5 days of chaotic paperwork.

Nevertheless, questions surrounding the specifics behind the Serbian’s medical exemption stay, whereas Australia’s Immigration Minister is contemplating whether or not to deport the tennis famous person.

Right here, Sportsmail’s David Coverdale supplies all of the questions that want answering, alongside a timeline of how the chaos unfolded Down Underneath. 

A number of questions surrounding Novak Djokovic remain amid the Covid chaos in Australia

 A variety of questions surrounding Novak Djokovic stay amid the Covid chaos in Australia

How did Djokovic apply for an exemption on time if he solely examined optimistic on December 16?

In keeping with Tennis Australia paperwork, the deadline for making use of for a medical exemption from vaccination to compete on the Australian Open was December 10 — six days earlier than Djokovic’s optimistic check end result.

The Serb was granted his exemption on December 30 and the one means he may have used his Covid an infection to get it was if the deadline was waived for him.

For what cause may he get an exemption with out having Covid?

Given Djokovic admitted in April 2020 he was ‘against vaccination’ and had subsequently not been jabbed, he was all the time going to wish an exemption to be allowed to defend his Australian Open title with out having to quarantine in a resort for 14 days.

The Serb was able to apply for a medical exemption after the December 10 deadline passed

The Serb was in a position to apply for a medical exemption after the December 10 deadline handed 

Tennis Australia boss Craig Tiley mentioned final week that causes for exemptions included earlier hostile response to vaccines, current main surgical procedure or myocarditis or licensed proof of a Covid an infection within the earlier six months. Had Djokovic not examined optimistic, it’s unclear how he would have gained an exemption.

Why was he not isolating after his optimistic check end result?

Djokovic took a PCR check at 1pm on December 16 and obtained his optimistic end result seven hours later. In Serbia, you’re legally required to isolate for 14 days after testing optimistic. 

Nevertheless, on the day he was examined, Djokovic attended a panel dialogue and a ceremony for the revealing of a stamp in his honour in Belgrade, which he posted about on Twitter. 

He must also explain why he was not self-isolating after he tested positive on December 16

He should additionally clarify why he was not self-isolating after he examined optimistic on December 16

The next day, he was photographed and not using a masks presenting trophies to younger tennis gamers on the Novak Tennis Centre in Belgrade. On December 18, French newspaper L’Equipe declare he took half of their Champion of Champions awards picture shoot. 

All of those incidents seem to interrupt Serbian regulation, for which he could possibly be fined. Djokovic’s brother Djordje shut down Monday’s press convention when requested in regards to the world No 1’s actions within the days following his optimistic check. Including to the intrigue is a QR code on Djokovic’s optimistic check doc.

When scanned, it generally takes customers to an internet site exhibiting a adverse end result.

Will he even be allowed to play on the Australian Open?

Regardless of the courtroom win on Monday, it’s nonetheless unclear if he will certainly be within the draw for subsequent week’s event. 

A spokesman for immigration minister Alex Hawke mentioned he was contemplating utilizing the discretionary powers he’s given by Australia’s Migration Act to once more revoke Djokovic’s visa.

Despite his court win, it is still not known whether Djokovic will play at the Australian Open

Regardless of his courtroom win, it’s nonetheless not recognized whether or not Djokovic will play on the Australian Open



Novak Djokovic publicly declares he’s ‘against vaccination’ and ‘would not need to be pressured by somebody to take a vaccine so as to have the ability to journey’. He was slammed in the summertime for organising his personal event, the Adria Tour, on the peak of Covid’s first peak.

The even was curtailed early as a result of optimistic assessments for himself and a lot of different gamers.


Native authorities within the Australian state of Victoria (the place Melbourne is) announce that each one skilled athletes have to be double-jabbed to achieve entry to the nation.


The Serb posts an image of himself on social media boarding a flight and divulges: ‘Right this moment I am heading Down Underneath with exemption permission.’ 

Tennis Australia, along side the native authorities, insist that that is true. The tennis world reacts with fury — and Jamie Murray suggests this was one other case of tennis favouring its star gamers.

On Wednesday, Djokovic landed in Melbourne but was held by Border Force for nine hours

On Wednesday, Djokovic landed in Melbourne however was held by Border Pressure for 9 hours


Djokovic lands at Tullamarine airport in Melbourne and is held for round 9 hours by Australian Border Pressure. His exemption is withdrawn, his visa is cancelled and he’s transferred to a state-run immigration facility that’s used to deal with asylum-seekers.


Followers collect exterior the resort the place Djokovic is being held to protest. Djokovic’s mother and father — again dwelling in Serbia — label the ability a ‘jail’. Djokovic’s father compares his son to Jesus and claims he’s being ‘crucified for his values’.


Djokovic breaks his silence and thanks his followers for his or her assist. In the meantime, Czech doubles participant Renata Voracova is held on the similar resort after her exemption can also be rejected.


Courtroom paperwork reveal Djokovic registered a optimistic Covid check on December 16 — which varieties the premise of his exemption. Footage present he attended a public occasion with youngsters the day after the optimistic check.


The decide listening to Djokovic’s enchantment orders his launch — overturning the visa cancellation.