Novak Djokovic has been named the primary seed for subsequent week’s Australian Open regardless of the very fact Prime Minister Scott Morrison has tonight made clear he may nonetheless be deported.   

The primary actual occasion of the Open – the draw – was abruptly postponed simply because it was meant to begin at 3pm on Thursday afternoon. 

That sparked rampant hypothesis Mr Morrison was about to announce Djokovic’s visa was being cancelled at a media convention following a nationwide cupboard assembly.

However minutes later, Mr Morrison instructed reporters in Canberra that investigations into Djokovic’s go to to Australia have been nonetheless ongoing. 

‘These are private ministerial powers in a position to be exercised by (Immigration) Minister Alex Hawke and I do not suggest to make any additional remark right now,’ Mr Morrison stated. 

He referred reporters to a press release Mr Hawke made earlier within the week the place the minister stated he was sifting by means of a mountain of proof from Djokovic’s legal professionals, who’re desperately preventing for him to remain within the nation for the grand slam. 

After the PM’s feedback, the Open introduced that Djokovic will face Serbian compatriot Miomir Kecmanovic within the first spherical of the event – barring any late interjection from the federal authorities. 

Prime Mininster Scott Morrison said the federal government are yet to make a decision on deporting tennis champion Novak Djokovic

Prime Mininster Scott Morrison stated the federal authorities are but to decide on deporting tennis champion Novak Djokovic 

The world no. 1 appeared stress as his deportation decision looms,  stretching his neck as he walked across the court during practice on Thursday

The world no. 1 appeared stress as his deportation resolution looms,  stretching his neck as he walked throughout the court docket throughout apply on Thursday

In a press release, Mr Hawke’s workplace stated they have been wanting over additional info offered by Djokovic’s authorized group to strengthen his eligiblity for his present visa.

‘Mr Djokovic’s legal professionals have lately offered prolonged additional submissions and supporting documentation stated to be related to the potential cancellation of Mr Djokovic’s visa,’ they stated.

‘Naturally, this can have an effect on the time-frame for a call.’   

Mr Morrison was requested by a reporter on Thursday afternoon hypothetically if somebody have been to try to enter Australia unvaccinated whether or not they can be decided as a well being danger to the general public.  

‘All I’ll merely say is the explanation we now have had since 15 December the place absolutely vaccinated eligible visa holders may journey to Australia with no need to use for a journey exemption and enter these states permitting them to enter quarantine free, the person has to point out they’re double vaccinated or should present acceptable proof that they can not be vaccinated for medical causes,’ he replied.

‘That is the coverage which hasn’t modified. That’s the coverage and we might count on authorities to be implementing the coverage of the federal government on the subject of these issues.   

‘That pertains to people who find themselves coming to Australia. These are non-citizens, non-residents. 

‘In case you’re not a citizen or resident, the well being guidelines we now have in place to guard our borders and our border safety insurance policies have been central to the federal government’s achievements when it comes and Australia’s achievements usually inhabit one of many lowest dying charges, strongest economies and highest vaccination charge within the nation.’

In the meantime, the Australian Open draw was mysteriously delayed with out rationalization this afternoon.

The draw was set to be held at Melbourne Park at 3pm on Thursday afternoon, however because it was attributable to kick off, officers introduced the choice occasion had been cancelled. No motive was given for the transfer. 

Following Mr Morrison’s press convention, Australian Open officers launched the draw for the competitors, naming the nine-time winner the primary seed. 

The men's tennis champion wiped off sweat with a white towel as he sat on the side of the court

The lads’s tennis champion wiped off sweat with a white towel as he sat on the aspect of the court docket 

The Serbian tennis star is now under investigation by three countries amid his Australian visa scandal

The Serbian tennis star is now underneath investigation by three international locations amid his Australian visa scandal

In profitable his court docket case earlier this week, Federal Circuit Courtroom Decide Anthony Kelly stated Djokovic was given inadequate time to talk to Tennis Australia officers and for legal professionals to reply on being instructed of the intent to cancel his visa.

A choice is anticipated by Mr Hawke on Thursday after his workplace stated extra info offered by Djokovic’s authorized group had created additional delays.

It is unclear whether or not there are different authorized avenues that Djokovic can pursue if he fails in his bid to stay within the nation.

The nine-time titleholder used a latest Covid an infection to realize a medical exemption, however was denied entry by Australian Border Power officers and despatched to a detention resort. 

Djokovic then admitted in a press release on Wednesday he had offered false info on his journey declaration and blamed his agent for the error.

Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic pictured at a booth of the Australian Border Force at the airport in Melbourne on January 5

Serbian tennis participant Novak Djokovic pictured at a sales space of the Australian Border Power on the airport in Melbourne on January 5

Immigration Minister Alex Hawke is ruminating over whether the tennis player should be permitted to stay or deported

Immigration Minister Alex Hawke is ruminating over whether or not the tennis participant ought to be permitted to remain or deported 

He stated he did not attend any public occasions after testing optimistic however revealed he had carried out a media interview in Serbia whereas knowingly contaminated, which he described as an ‘error of judgement’.

Djokovic has tried to maintain it enterprise as normal in his build-up to the Open, the place he’ll bid for a document twenty first grand slam title.  

The elite tennis participant can be underneath investigation by Spain and Serbia over the visa scandal amid issues of potential Covid and journey breaches. 

The Spanish authorities is now reportedly wanting into whether or not the Serbian tennis star entered the nation illegally, previous to his flight to Melbourne.  

Djokovic travelled from Serbia to Marbella, Spain on December 31 and was believed to nonetheless be coaching within the Spanish metropolis as of January 4. 

He flew to Australia the next day.  

Now Spanish police and immigrations authorities are investigating Djokovic because it’s understood he didn’t request particular permission from the Spanish Embassy or Ministry of Overseas Affairs to enter the nation unvaccinated. 

As of final September, visiting Serbians should present proof of vaccination or an exemption to enter Spanish territory – however authorities declare the world No.1 did not present both of those.

Djokovic is already dealing with deportation in Australia for travelling to the nation whereas unvaccinated, and Serbian authorities are probing the athlete after he admitted failing to isolate after catching Covid.  

Spanish Overseas Minister Jose Manuel Albares stated on Tuesday that he did not have any document of Djokovic travelling to Spain earlier than heading to Australia. 

‘I’ve no document of this presence of Djokovic,’ he stated.

The Australian government is expected to make an announcement on Thursday if Djokovic will be deported

The Australian authorities is anticipated to make an announcement on Thursday if Djokovic can be deported

‘Now we have not been contacted by the Australian authorities to request such documentation.’

Nevertheless, Djokovic could also be off the hook if he is thought of a resident of Spain, having purchased a home in Marbella in 2020. 

The athlete has already apologised for marking on his Australian visa utility that he had not travelled to every other international locations within the 14 days earlier than arriving in Melbourne. 

‘This was submitted by my assist group on my behalf – as I instructed immigration officers on my arrival – and my agent sincerely apologises for the executive mistake in ticking the wrong field about my earlier journey earlier than coming to Australia,’ Djokovic stated in a press release on Wednesday.

Key moments in Novak Djokovic’s Aussie Open bid 

 By Karen Sweeney in Melbourne for Australian Related Press

Tennis world No.1 Novak Djokovic continues to be centered on defending his Australian Open title and profitable a record-breaking twenty first males’s grand slam event however the street to Melbourne has been bumpy and the trail is just not but clear.

October/November – Djokovic applies for a short lived visa to enter Australia and compete within the 2022 Australian Open.

November 18 – Granted a Non permanent Exercise (subclass 408) visa.

December 14 – Attends a basketball match in Belgrade, Serbia, the place attendees contract COVID-19.

December 16 – Djokovic is ‘examined and recognized’ with COVID-19. Paperwork present he was examined at 1.05pm and the end result was returned at 8.19pm.

December 17 – Attends occasions in Belgrade, together with a trophy presentation for junior tennis gamers. Pictured not sporting a masks and posing side-by-side indoors with a big group of kids.

December 18 – Djokovic says he discovered of the optimistic take a look at and cancelled a number of scheduled occasions. Goes forward with an interview and photoshoot with French newspaper L’Equipe, saying he felt ‘obliged’ as a result of ‘I did not wish to let the journalist down’.

December 22 – Returns a destructive PCR take a look at.

December 25 – Filmed by a fan taking part in tennis on a avenue in Belgrade. He’s additionally photographed alongside Serbian handball participant Petar Djordjic.

December 30 – Tennis Australia notify Djokovic he has been granted a short lived medical exemption, permitting him to play within the Australian Open regardless of not being vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19. The exemption was granted on the premise of a earlier an infection, based mostly on the opinion of 1 panel of medical consultants and reviewed by one other.

December 31 – Filmed coaching at a tennis academy in Sotogrande, Spain. The academy put up pictures on its Instagram of him posing for footage with followers a day later.

January 1 – Authorises his agent to finish his Australian Journey Declaration. The doc says Djokovic had not travelled within the 14 days previous to his meant arrival in Australia. Later admits the shape contained an error in not acknowledging his journey between Serbia and Spain. Djokovic stated his agent was notified by the Division of Residence Affairs that the declaration had been assessed and he met the necessities for a quarantine-free arrival.

January 2 – Granted a border journey allow by the Victorian authorities.

January 4 – Proclaims on Instagram he’s ‘heading Down Beneath with an exemption’. The put up was made shortly earlier than he departed for Melbourne, through Dubai. Information of his impending arrival sparks controversy in Australia.

January 5 – Arrives in Melbourne at 11.30pm.

January 6 – Australian Border Power officers detain Djokovic. After a sequence of early morning interviews his visa is cancelled at 7.29am. His legal professionals are granted a short lived injunction by the Federal Circuit Courtroom. Djokovic is taken to the Park Resort, which is getting used as an immigration detention centre.

January 7 – Spends Orthodox Christmas in his resort room.

January 10 – After a prolonged listening to, a choose quashes the federal government’s resolution to cancel Djokovic’s visa after legal professionals concede the choice was unreasonable within the circumstances. Decide Anthony Kelly guidelines Djokovic be paid his prices and free of immigration detention. Authorities legal professionals observe Immigration Minister Alex Hawke nonetheless has a private energy to revoke Djokovic’s visa.

January 11 – Djokovic posts a photograph of himself coaching at Rod Laver Enviornment. ‘Regardless of all that has occurred up to now week, I wish to keep and to attempt to compete on the Australian Open,’ he says. Questions are raised over his Australian Journey Declaration after paperwork launched by the court docket revealed he answered ‘no’ to the query about journey within the 14 days earlier than his arrival.

January 12 – Posts a press release on Instagram to right ‘persevering with misinformation’. He admits knowingly going by means of with the L’Equipe interview whereas optimistic for COVID-19. He additionally apologises for the ‘administrative mistake’ on the journey declaration. Mr Hawke’s workplace say the minister continues to be contemplating whether or not to train his energy to revoke Djokovic’s visa.