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Or not. Either he’s a reckless arsehole, or a lying arsehole.

 


16th and 17th he was doing mass public events. Oh, and he also went to Spain at the end of the month breaking their entry law if he was actually positive on the 16th.

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On 08/01/2022 at 08:34, footle said:

A lot of it will be roger and Rafa fanfolk, once you count them out you’ve got people who don’t like him because he’s basically a highly optimised tennis machine. But he’s taken what he’s got and hell has he really tuned it to the max.

 

shame he’s an antivaxer nut, really.

 

Ha, our nickname for him was 'the machine', since every time we saw him play irl he just destroyed.

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2 hours ago, Smoothy said:

Somehow Novak actually got off and is allowed into Australia (source).

😮

 

On a technicality that the Border Police didn’t give him (and his lawyers) enough time to react to the visa being revoked.

 

The Immigration Minister can still overturn it.

 

 

And let’s also not forget Farage has campaigned many times for an Australian-style immigration system...

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3 hours ago, Smoothy said:

Somehow Novak actually got off and is allowed into Australia (source).

😮

 

So he tested positive for Covid on the 16th, then did a maskless tennis event with children on the 17th? What a hero!

 

I don't believe he had Covid in December - I think the issue here is that the Serbian Government are basically lying on his behalf, which makes this a diplomatic issue. The Judge would have to take their documentation at face value.

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48 minutes ago, Alexlotl said:

 

So he tested positive for Covid on the 16th, then did a maskless tennis event with children on the 17th? What a hero!

 

I don't believe he had Covid in December - I think the issue here is that the Serbian Government are basically lying on his behalf, which makes this a diplomatic issue. The Judge would have to take their documentation at face value.

 

Don't forget that l'equipe presentation on the 18th.

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Well its still a story that's got a lot of attention, I can't see Australia attempting to deport him again without consulting some serious lawyers as they've already been made to look like fools once. It's great advertising for the tournament that's for sure! And just goes to show if you're rich and famous you can get out of a sticky legal situation much easier and quicker than say a stranded refugee.

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2 minutes ago, Miner Willy said:

Sounds like he will appeal and could yet play though. Still very messy.


lim sure he’ll appeal. Doubt he’ll get to the end of the tournament though - lying on your visa form sounds like straightforward grounds to dismiss.

And if it isn’t, that’d be a hilarious precedent to set.

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3 minutes ago, footle said:


lim sure he’ll appeal. Doubt he’ll get to the end of the tournament though - lying on your visa form sounds like straightforward grounds to dismiss.

And if it isn’t, that’d be a hilarious precedent to set.

 

Yeah is this a defense:

 

Djokovic also admitted making a false declaration on his travel form prior to entering Australia and said his team has provided additional information to authorities.

He said his agent had made a mistake when filling in a section of the form that covered his recent travel history. The form stated that he had not travelled in the 14 days before his arrival in Australia.

But recent reports suggest the 34-year-old was in both Serbia and Spain prior to the trip.

"My agent sincerely apologises for the administrative mistake in ticking the incorrect box," he wrote. "This was a human error and certainly not deliberate."

 

If so anyone could use it, I can't see how you can argue against that. Regardless of who made the mistake the form was his.

 

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Nothing would surprise me at this stage. To be honest I thought it was almost certain he would get away with it until about 15 minutes ago. 

 

Good to see the players starting to turn on him too. Hoping the floodgates really open on that now.

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So it looks like - if he's booted - the seeds get moved up and players moved around the draw, which I hadn't realised. Interesting.

 

I have a feeling the most likely beneficiary may be Zverev, though I'd love to see a breakthrough for someone new.

 

While I don't really want Nadal to beat Fed's record (though it's probably only a matter of time) I do very much hope that both he and Murray can mount serious runs here. All this shit has underlined how lucky we have been to have had brilliant players who are genuinely good people too.

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4 minutes ago, Miner Willy said:

So it looks like - if he's booted - the seeds get moved up and players moved around the draw, which I hadn't realised. Interesting.

 

I have a feeling the most likely beneficiary may be Zverev, though I'd love to see a breakthrough for someone new.

 

While I don't really want Nadal to beat Fed's record (though it's probably only a matter of time) I do very much hope that both he and Murray can mount serious runs here. All this shit has underlined how lucky we have been to have had brilliant players who are genuinely good people too.

 

Is that right? According to The Guardian they are doing this:

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Novak Djokovic will not be removed from the Australian Open draw until it is certain that he is unable to compete at the tournament. Should he be deported, the Australian Open draw would face a minor reshuffle.

Andrey Rublev, the fifth seed, would move into Djokovic’s place at the top of the draw, Gael Monfils, the 17th seed, would take Rublev’s spot and there would be a new 33rd seed, Alexander Bublik, who would take Monfils’ previous spot. A lucky loser, one of the defeated players in the final round of qualifying, would be added to the draw.

 

 

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8 minutes ago, Miner Willy said:

While I don't really want Nadal to beat Fed's record (though it's probably only a matter of time) I do very much hope that both he and Murray can mount serious runs here. All this shit has underlined how lucky we have been to have had brilliant players who are genuinely good people too.

 

Murray is looking good over in Sydney right now so hopefully he can carry that into the Open itself. Might well have an all-Brit final in Sydney even! (Yeah, I know it's only a 250.)

 

I'm fine with Nadal going past Federer's record if only because it gives faint hope that he'll then hold Djokovic off.

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