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Novak Djokovic withdraws from ATP Cup amid uncertainty over Australian Open

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Novak Djokovic withdraws from ATP Cup

World number one Novak Djokovic has finally withdrawn from Serbia’s ATP Cup squad.

It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post. Novak Djokovic, 34

According to the COVID-19 protocol, all players and staff at the 2022 Australian Open must be vaccinated or have a medical exemption granted by an independent panel of experts.

However, defending champion Djokovic has not commented publicly on his vaccination status

Nine-time Australian Open winner Dusan Lazovic, ranked 33rd in the world, has replaced Serbia in the 16-nation ATP Cup starting in Sydney on Saturday.

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Following the withdrawal of 15th-ranked Dominic Thiem and Denis Novak, Austria have replaced France in the event.

Djokovic, who won the record-breaking ninth Australian Open men’s singles title by defeating Russia’s Daniel Medvedev in the 2021 final, is on the list for the first Grand Slam of 2022.

Meanwhile, former US Open champion Sam Stosur has announced that the Australian Open will be the final tournament of his solo career.

The 37-year-old Australian will continue to play doubles in 2022 after his 20th Australian Open and 69th Grand Slam singles appearance.

“It means a lot to me to be able to finish in front of my family, friends and Aussie supporters,”

“I’m sure it’s going to be a mix of emotions but I don’t want it any other way because I always thought I’d finish the game in Australia. But I’m planning to play doubles for the rest of the year but it will be the first chapter of my career.”

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Once again Djokovic’s visa revoked by Australian Government

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The drama with Novak Djokovic is going on! The visa of the Serbian tennis star to play in the Australian Open was canceled for the second time on Friday by the immigration department of the Australian government. The country’s immigration minister, Alex Hawke, said in a statement that Djokovic’s visa had been revoked on health grounds.

However, the reason for Djokovic’s worries about the visa cancellation is that if the decision to cancel the visa is not lifted, he will not be able to play in the Australian Open this time, and will not get a new Australian visa in the next three years.

Djokovic, however, can appeal the decision. Djokovic has been summoned to the immigration office for a question-and-answer session on Saturday, the Australian daily The Edge reported.

This year’s Australian Open will start next Monday.

Djokovic was barred from entering Australia because of coronary arthritis, as well as coronary arthritis. His visa was revoked for the first time last week. The Joker was allowed to enter Australia four days ago after winning an appeal in court. But today, after the decision of the Australian Immigration Minister, his game at the Australian Open became uncertain again.

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Even if the coroner is not vaccinated, a medical clearance can be obtained by showing the appropriate documents in front of a panel of two independent physicians, allowing them to play in the Australian Open. Djokovic took that opportunity.

Before he left for Australia, it was unclear whether he had been vaccinated against corona. Djokovic, who had twice before been questioned about the need for a vaccine, was told he had not been vaccinated, following a question-and-answer session with an immigration officer at Melbourne Airport in Australia.

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In that Q&A session, Djokovic said that he had coronation on December 16. Djokovic also claimed that he had obtained medical clearance, citing proper reasons for not getting vaccinated.

But on the one hand, there are doubts about some of the information he provided on the Australian immigration question. Djokovic, who lives in Monte Carlo, traveled to Spain and Serbia 14 days before entering Australia, but the immigration form did not provide information.

In addition, questions arose about some of Djokovic’s activities. Djokovic gave a face-to-face interview to a journalist two days later, despite claiming that Corona had died on December 16. Djokovic also visited children at a tennis event in Serbia on December 16.

But the question of granting a visa to the Serbian star arose at all levels in Australia. Djokovic’s visa was revoked in the first round last week. Djokovic has since apologized for his mistakes. He has won the appeal against the cancellation of the visa.

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Novak Djokovic withdraws from ATP Cup
Novak Djokovic withdraws from ATP Cup

After being allowed to enter Australia, Djokovic started practicing. With him, the draw for the Australian Open took place yesterday. Djokovic was scheduled to play Serbia against Miomi Kechmanovic at the Australian Open starting on Monday.

But a statement signed by Australian Immigration Minister Alex Hawke today shattered Djokovic’s dream. The statement said, “Today, on the basis of health and good governance, Mr. I am canceling Novak Djokovic’s visa. ‘

Djokovic, who has been at the center of the drama for the past few days, will not play in the first Grand Slam this year unless he appeals against the decision. The New York Times quoted Marie Croke, a law professor at the University of Sydney in Australia, as saying that despite appeals, Djokovic’s victory would be “very, very difficult“.

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