Novak Djokovic covid drama has massive impact on Australian Open popularity

Djokovic has 'had 18 months' to get vaxxed says caller

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Demand for Australian Open tickets have soared after Novak Djokovic was given the green light to play in the competition early on Monday. However, while that’s the case, the Serb could still find himself booted out. The chaos is continuing when it comes to the world No 1, who has refused to take a coronavirus vaccination so far.

Djokovic recently travelled out to Australia hoping to secure a 21st Grand Slam title of his glittering career.

However, ever since touching down in the country, the Serb has found himself in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons.

Djokovic was initially allowed into Australia because of a medical exemption but was then forced to stay in a quarantine hotel, sparking outrage from his family, friends and fans.

On Monday, the world No 1 was told he was able to play in the competition by a judge.

Federal Court judge Anthony Kelly said: “A professor and qualified physician provided the applicant a medical exemption.

“The basis of which was given by an independent expert panel established by the state government… that document was in the hands of the [immigration official who cancelled Djokovic’s visa].

“The point I’m somewhat agitated about is, what more could this man have done?”

And Sports Pub have claimed that, in the short time since Djokovic was told he’d be able to play, demands for Australian Open tickets soared.

It’s claimed that searches exploded 207 per cent in Australia, mere hours after the reigning champion was given the green light.

A spokesperson for Sports Pub commented on the findings: “The news around Djokovic’s arrest and proceeding court case has caused a huge uproar in the media.

“The tennis world no.1 was aiming to win a record 21st Grand Slam title at the Australian Open, but the governments immigration laws have created controversy around the tournament.

“The news that Djokovic has now been released from custody and allowed to compete in the open has caused a huge increase in interest for tickets in Australia, with many people hoping to see the tennis star make history once again.”

However the drama is far from over.

The Minster for Immigration has refused to rule out using his powers to cancel Djokovic’s visa yet again.

He could use a different set of powers to make this happen, despite there being a four-hour window on Monday to make such a move.

Djokovic has said he’s ‘pleased and grateful’ at the current decision to let him participate in the competition.

“I’m pleased and grateful that the Judge overturned my visa cancellation,” he said.

“For now I cannot say more but THANK YOU all for standing with me through all this and encouraging me to stay strong,” he then added.

Djokovic’s mother, Dijana, believes her son has been brutally treated by officials in Australia.

“He has done nothing wrong, he was subjected to torture, harassment,” she said at a press conference.

“Never before have we faced a situation like this. This was extremely difficult for us.

“We had no idea whether he was ill or whether he had eaten.

“Justice has prevailed today. This is the biggest win of his career. It is bigger than any of the grand slams he has won.”

His father, Srdjan, added: “Over the past few days, it’s been very, very difficult for everyone in the world who is free thinking. But he is mentally extremely, extremely strong.

“They took away all his rights his rights, as a human being. He refused to revoke his visa.

“They gave him no right to prepare his defence for several hours, and they took away his phone.

“Fortunately they gave him back his phone. He contacted his legal team who mounted a fantastic defence, that they could not match.

“This is a huge win for Novak, his family and the free world. He respected everything that was asked of him. He only wanted to go there to play tennis and that right he wanted to take away from them.

“Justice and the rule of law have prevailed. The judge who presided over the case has shown that not for second was Novak the guilty party.

“The judge was fantastic, he simply respected the facts. He took the only decision that was possible which was to release Novak.”

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