Djokovic's mother says tennis star 'mentally very stable'
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Novak Djokovic has been told that his coronavirus vaccine stance is a ‘nonsense battle.’ The Serbian looks set to defend his Australian Open title after he won an appeal against a decision to refuse him a visa.
Djokovic arrived at Melbourne Airport last week after being given a medical exemption to play at the first Grand Slam of the year.
But he was held for around 10 hours by Australian Border Force before being told his visa had been cancelled.
The 34-year-old was eventually transferred to a state-run immigration facility at Park Hotel in nearby Carlton and later decided to lodge an appeal.
The judge ultimately ruled in the player’s favour, although Australia’s immigration minister Alex Hawke could still cancel his visa on new grounds and some reports suggest the player has now been arrested by the Australian government.
For now it appears that Djokovic will play in the prestigious tournament, which gets underway next Monday.
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Djokovic’s vaccination status had been a closely guarded secret and he had never previously confirmed if he had been jabbed.
But during his interviews with border force, Djokovic confirmed he had not been vaccinated.
And the legendary player has now been slammed by women’s world number three Garbine Muguruza.
“I am vaccinated,” Mugurza told reporters. “It’s a nonsense battle – sooner or later everyone will have to get vaccinated.
“What’s happening [with Djokovic] is a show and I don’t know if this is good for tennis.
“It’s a bit of a show what is happening. Yes I am vaccinated. I know the requirements of the tournament and I do not see why it is necessary to do it another way.”
Djokovic has won more Australian Open titles that any other player in the history of tennis after lifting the trophy an incredible nine times.
He tasted his first success in Melbourne back in 2008 as he defeated Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. And the ace has won the last three tournaments.
In fact, his last defeat at the Australian Open came four years ago when he was stunned by the unseeded Hyeon Chung in the fourth round.
Last year he lifted the trophy after storming to a straight-sets victory over Daniil Medvedev in the showpiece event.
Djokovic currently sits alongside Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer in the all-time Grand Slam title standings.
The trio have each won 20 Grand Slam tournaments during their illustrious careers.
Nadal is set to take his place in Melbourne next week, but Federer will be absent as he battles with a knee injury.
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