Novak Djokovic news LIVE: Tennis star deported over vaccine stance as doubts linger over 2022 French Open

Fans seem to captivate Andy Murray at Australian Open

The Australian Open continues without Novak Djokovic after the saga over the defending champion’s men’s visa finally came to an end on Sunday night.

The men’s world No. 1 faces the prospect of missing out on further grand slams due to his vaccination status after France’s sports minister announced athletes would not be exempted from the country’s Covid pass. The French Open at Roland Garros is set to take place in May and his entry into the tournament has been called into question, just days after Djokovic was deported from Australia and returned home to his native Belgrade, where he “will now take some time to rest and recuperate before making any further comments”.

Djokovic was deported the weekend after the ruling, with the triumvirate deciding not to overturn Immigration Secretary Alex Hawke’s decision to revoke the visa of the world’s number one. One of the grounds on which Djokovic appealed was that it was unreasonable to portray him as anti-vaccine, but the judges said: “The minister was clearly free to conclude that Mr Djokovic had chosen not to vaccinated because he is against vaccination or did not want to be vaccinated.

“The minister was also free to conclude that the public would see his attitude as portrayed by the media: that he did not want to be vaccinated.” Hawke based his decision on the belief that Djokovic’s vaccination stance could foster similar sentiment in Australia and thus negatively impact public health.

Follow all the latest news, comments and updates as the Australian Open continues.


Australian Open 2022

Andy Murray hinted that this could be his last Australian Open unless he proves himself he can compete at the highest level this season.

Murray fell in the second round at Melbourne Park on Thursday to a disappointing straight-set defeat to Japanese qualifier Taro Daniel in the second round, and the Scotsman made a dejected figure in his post-match press conference.

The 34-year-old overcame a career-threatening injury in the past three years and made his first appearance at the Australian Open since 2019, when he left the tournament in tears announcing that he would likely retire. But he suggested he will only return to Melbourne if he feels he can go deep into the second week.

“I mean, yes,” Murray replied when asked if he’d like to be back next year. “But not if I do too many times this season what I did tonight. This is a very important year for me for a number of reasons and I want to perform well in the big events. In that regard, tonight is not good enough for me.

“Making second rounds of slams is not something I find particularly motivating. I want to do better than that. It depends on how I am in terms of results this year and how I perform at the big events. I am really, really disappointed. Very frustrated. A heavy loss for me, that’s for sure.”

Jamie BraidwoodJanuary 20, 2022 12:45 pm


Australian Open 2022

The Australian Open women’s draw was rocked by second-round defeats for Garbine Muguruza and Anett Kontaveit, but Aryna Sabalenka survived despite more misery.

There were few setbacks in the first three days, but Thursday started with a blast as third seed Muguruza lost 6-3 6-3 to French veteran Alize Cornet, while sixth seed Kontaveit was overthrown by the Danish 6-2 6-4. teenage Clara Tauson.

Both were among the title favorites who finished strong last season.

Jamie BraidwoodJanuary 20, 2022 12:15 pm


Australian Open 2022

Here’s a rundown of today’s stories:

Dan Evans reached the third round of the Australian Open without hitting a ball, but Heather Watson was defeated by Tamara Zidansek.

Evans was scheduled to face Arthur Rinderknech at Melbourne Park on Thursday, but was walked over before the game when the Frenchman withdrew due to a wrist injury.

It means Evans, who comfortably beat David Goffin in the first round, is through to the last 32 in Melbourne for the first time since 2017, when he made it to the fourth round at a grand slam for the first time.

Watson lost a very close match to 19th seeded Zidansek in Adelaide last week, and again there was little to choose between the pair here, but it was the Slovenian who went through 7-6(4) 6-4.

Watson fought back twice from a breakdown in the opening set and had a set point at 5-6, but Zidansek made it, played a strong tie-break and then broke the serve of the British number two twice in a row to claim the win.

Jamie BraidwoodJanuary 20, 2022 12:00


Australian Open 2022: Latest results

What an amazing few hours of tennis that has been.

Simona Halep is last out of Rod Laver and the former world No. 1 has just started her match against Beatriz Haddad Maia.

Elsewhere, Jannick Sinner is 4-0 up against Steve Johnson, with the winner facing Taro Daniel in the third round.

Jamie BraidwoodJanuary 20, 2022 11:40 am


Australian Open 2022: Medvedev beats Kyrgios in thriller

“It’s just a little disappointing when they make so much noise between the first and second serve. It’s not everyone, but I think some people just have a low IQ.”

(AFP via Getty Images)

Jamie BraidwoodJanuary 20, 2022 11:33


Australian Open 2022: Medvedev beats Kyrgios in thriller

Daniil Medvedev isn’t happy with the crowd at the Rod Laver Arena – and there’s more booing/’SIUUing’ when he addresses them.

“I came here to win this game and I’m glad I was able to do it tonight. [Staying calm] is the only choice if you are booed between the first and second sets.

“Guys, please show some respect to Jim Courier, I can’t hear him. What I’m saying is that it was difficult to play between the first and second serve.

“It was a funny game because we both serve big. In the second and fourth set I started to return a lot more at big moments. This match would always be exciting.”

Jamie BraidwoodJanuary 20, 2022 11:21


Australian Open 2022: Kyrgios 6-7 4-6 6-4 2-6 Medvedev – Game, set and match!

That’s too good of Medvedev. Keeping his nerves in check, he remains patient to beat Kyrgios in the baseline rally and score two match points. Kyrgios goes for the heroic winner but can only find the tram lines. What a match, but huge respect for Medvedev for getting through that test.

Jamie BraidwoodJanuary 20, 2022 11:16 am


Australian Open 2022: *Kyrgios 6-7 4-6 6-4 2-5 Medvedev

That’s too good of Medvedev. He holds Kyrgios to consolidate the break and Kyrgios responds by wiping out his racket.

He will have to calm down before serving to stay in the game – and Medvedev gains a 15-0 lead after Kyrgios is sanctioned for racket abuse.

Jamie BraidwoodJanuary 20, 2022 11:11


Australian Open 2022: Kyrgios 6-7 4-6 6-4 2-4 Medvedev*

Medvedev grabs a second serve at 15-15 to force Kyrgios behind the baseline and move forward – and Kyrgios is then put under further pressure as Medvedev drops a low forehand that prevents Kyrgios from hitting the net.

It gives Medvedev two break points. The first is saved thanks to a big serve wide and Kyrgios thinks he has repeated the trick at break point number two. However, it is called wide and Medvedev gobbles up the second serve with a beautiful backhand pass.

That is a big breakthrough and a huge moment in the game.

Jamie BraidwoodJanuary 20, 2022 11:09


Emma Raducanu leaves Australian Open after painful second round defeat by Danka Kovinic

At the Margaret Court Arena, Emma Raducanu has just been knocked out of the Australian Open after losing in three sets to Danka Kovinic of Montenegro in the second round at Melbourne Park.

Raducanu battled injury to force a decisive set but was unable to complete the comeback.

Jamie BraidwoodJanuary 20, 2022 11:05 am

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