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Novak Djokovic LIVE UPDATES: French Open ‘ban’, Tennis Australia statement, Murray and Zverev slam ‘mess’

NOVAK DJOKOVIC has flown back to Serbia via Dubai after being DEPORTED from Australia.

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And the French Open could soon follow suit, after French MPs backed the vaccine pass law.

An Australian court confirmed that the decision immigration minister Alex Hawke made to cancel the Serb's visa was legal. It added that it will publish its reasons in the coming days.

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Meanwhile Djokovic's old foe Nick Kyrgios launched a surprising defence of the nine-time Aussie Open champ, laying into rival Rafael Nadal for failing to stick up for him.

And today Alexander Zverev said Australia should have made clear whether or not Djokovic was able to travel before he arrived.

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  • Dylan Terry6 minutes ago

    Raducanu vs Stephens

    Here comes Emma Raducanu! She receives a huge roar from the Margaret Court Arena.

    How will she cope with her first Grand Slam match since the famous US Open triumph?

  • Dylan Terry22 minutes ago

    De Minaur beats Musetti

    Australian Alex de Minaur has beaten Lorenzo Musetti 3-6 6-3 6-0 6-3 to book his place in the second round.

    And you know what that means…

    Up next on the Margaret Court Arena it's the US Open champion Emma Raducanu. She takes on 2017 Grand Slam winner Sloane Stephens.

    Mouthwatering prospect.

  • Dylan Terry32 minutes ago

    Raducanu up shortly

    Alex de Minaur has broken in the fourth set and already leads 2-1. So he is just two games away from victory.

    After that match will be Emma Raducanu. So we may be seeing the reigning US Open champion very soon.

  • Dylan Terry42 minutes ago

    Kyrgios eases past Broady

    Nick Kyrgios has comfortably beaten Britain's Liam Broady 6-4 6-4 6-3 to book his place in the second round.

    That being said, his fellow Australians do not sound impressed. They have been booing him ever since he stepped on court.

    “I don't know what I've done to this crowd because you lot are like a zoo,” he said on the post-match interview.

  • Dylan Terry50 minutes ago

    Raducanu coming up

    A reminder that Emma Raducanu is the final match on the Margaret Court Arena at the Australian Open today.

    She will take to the court after the conclusion of Lorenzo Musetti's match with Alex de Minaur.

    That match is currently at the beginning of the fourth set.

  • Dylan TerryToday, 10:03

    Kyrgios breaks again

    Liam Broady had a break point of his own at the start of the third set but he didn't take it.

    And the Brit has been made to pay as a net call goes the way of the Aussie and he breaks yet again.

    Kyrgios now leads 2-1 in the third set as he looks to close out the match in straightforward fashion.

  • Dylan TerryToday, 09:46

    Kyrgios takes second set

    Another 6-4 set for Kyrgios sees him move within six games of the second round.

    Liam Broady simply not on the same level as the Australian as the crowd get behind their home favourite.

  • Dylan TerryToday, 09:39

    Kyrgios breaks Broady in second set

    Nick Kyrgios looks to be marching towards the second round of the Australian Open.

    He has broken Briton Liam Broady to lead 5-3 in the second set after taking the first 6-4.

    One way traffic at the moment for the home favourite.

  • Dylan TerryToday, 09:30

    Djokovic meets brother Djordje

    A photo has emerged of Novak Djokovic meeting his brother Djordje at the airport following his deportation from Australia.

    The Serbian will not get the opportunity to win a 10th title in Melbourne this year.

    Novak Djokovic LIVE UPDATES: French Open ‘ban’, Tennis Australia statement, Murray and Zverev slam ‘mess’

  • Dylan TerryToday, 09:15

    Kyrgios takes first set against Broady

    Australian Nick Kyrgios has taken the first set 6-4 against Britain's Liam Broady.

    The home crowd favourite remains the Aussies big hope ahead of the two-week Grand Slam tournament.

    And he has made the perfect start against the Stockport-born challenger.

  • Dylan TerryToday, 09:00

    Raducanu coming up

    Britain's most recent Grand Slam champion Emma Raducanu will be up soon.

    She is the final match on the Margaret Court Arena so should be on around 10.30am GMT.

    Keep your eyes peeled for that one as the teenager competes in her first Grand Slam match since winning the US Open last year.

  • Dylan TerryToday, 08:40

    More from Tennis Australia

    The statement continues: “As the Australian tennis family, we recognise that recent events have been a significant distraction for everyone, and we deeply regret the impact this had on all players.

    “There are always lessons to learn, and we will review all aspects of our preparation and implementation to inform our planning – as we do every year. That process always starts once the Australian Open champions have lifted their trophies.

    “Australia has a strong and proud tennis tradition, and it has been fantastic to see the crowds out cheering for the world’s best players in the lead up to and over the opening days of the Australian Open.

    “We, like the players, and all tennis fans here and around the world, are keen for the focus to now be on the game we are all so passionate about.

    “We are looking forward to a brilliant two weeks of tennis ahead.”

  • Dylan TerryToday, 08:35

    Tennis Australian statement on Djokovic

    Tennis Australia have released a statement following the decision to deport Novak Djokovic.

    It read: “The board of Tennis Australia, supported by its Member Associations, would like to issue the following statement in relation to the Australian Open 2022. We would like to make clear from the outset that we respect the decision of the Immigration Minister and the finding of the Federal Court of Australia over the weekend.

    “Australian Open 2022 has now commenced, and our priority has always been to put on one of the world’s greatest sporting events and ensure we are delivering the best possible experience for all our players, the fans, and the community. The Australian Open is a showcase of Melbourne and Australia and much loved by players from all over the world.

    “Tennis Australia has been working closely with both the Federal and Victorian government for the past year to deliver a COVID safe Australian Open for the players, staff, and fans.

    “Embarking on a major international sporting event during a global pandemic that continues to evolve and challenge us all, is profoundly demanding for all stakeholders.

    “The board and Member Associations commend the Tennis Australia CEO and the entire Tennis Australia team for their hard work and dedication to delivering a spectacular summer of tennis.”

  • Dylan TerryToday, 08:19

    Murray into second round

    He's done it. Andy Murray is into the second round with a sensational win over Nikoloz Basilashvili.

    Brilliant stuff.

    Novak Djokovic LIVE UPDATES: French Open ‘ban’, Tennis Australia statement, Murray and Zverev slam ‘mess’

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  • Dylan TerryToday, 08:08

    Murray beats Basilashvili in five sets

    Former World No1 Andy Murray has beaten Nikoloz Basilashvili in a five-set thriller at the Australian Open.

    After more than three hours of action the Brit has come through 6-1 3-6 6-4 6-7 (5) 6-4.

    What a performance from the three-time Grand Slam champion as he knocks out the 21st seed.

  • Dylan TerryToday, 08:01

    Murray holds serve

    A nervy moment for Murray as he falls 15-30 behind on his own serve.

    But he recovers with a big serve and then a deft drop shot when he looked in trouble.

    Basilashvili goes long as Murray secures the game and now the Georgian will be serving to stay in the match at 4-5.

  • Dylan TerryToday, 07:52

    Basilashvili breaks back

    Basilashvili has broken back here to cut Murray's lead to 4-3.

    The three-time Grand Slam champion missed a simple backhand during the last game and never recovered.

    The match is well and truly all to play for once more.

  • Dylan TerryToday, 07:45

    Murray taken to final set

    Andy Murray is currently in the fifth set of his first round match against Nikoloz Basilashvili.

    He has led twice in the match but been pegged back on both occasions and is now set to go the distance.

    But the Brit has broken in the final set. He leads 4-2 heading into the latter stages.

  • Joshua JonesToday, 06:13

    Latest Novak Djokovic saga news

    Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic says the decision to deport Novak Djokovic from Australia is ‘shameful’.

    Matic is one of a number of Serbian sports stars to speak out in support of their compatriot, who was sent home after a Covid vaccination row.

    Red Devils ace Matic posted an Instagram picture of Djokovic proudly holding the ATP Finals trophy, and captioned it: “Your glory and their shame will live forever.”

    And it looks like France’s government is doing the Hokey Cokey when it comes to Djok playing at their flagship tennis event in May.

    Last week France’s sports minister Roxana Maracineau suggested the under-fire Serb would be allowed to compete at this year’s French Open.

    But it seems that after further discussions, the French have decided to take a harder line and introduce a ‘vaccine pass’ system.

    So unless the world No1 gets the jab – or the powers that be have another change of heart – he may be watching the action at Roland Garros on the telly.

    And the star’s chance to defend his Wimbledon title is in doubt, according to The Telegraph.

    Their report says: “The UK Government position remained unchanged on Monday but the Daily Telegraph has been told that did not mean Djokovic’s Wimbledon title defence was assured.”

  • james.colasanti@the-sun.co.uk17th Jan 2022, 21:18

    Ghost of Djok Down Under

    A report in the Guardian has summed up perfectly the atmosphere as play got underway at the Novak Djokovic-less Australian Open.

    After the world No 1 was told he would not be able to defend his title because he was being deported, Emma Kemp at Melbourne Park writes: “He was nowhere and he was everywhere.

    “Etched into the pavement and lingering in the air, each fragile fragment of an atmosphere carrying resentment and relief and quite a bit in between.”

  • james.colasanti@the-sun.co.uk17th Jan 2022, 20:23

    Djokovic's Wimbledon defence in doubt

    Novak Djokovic's chance to defend his Wimbledon title is in doubt, according to The Telegraph.

    Fresh from being denied the chance to defend his Australian Open crown due to a Covid vaccine row, it has been releveled the Serb may now also miss out on an appearance at SW19 in June.

    The Telegraph says: “The UK Government position remained unchanged on Monday but the Daily Telegraph has been told that did not mean Djokovic’s Wimbledon title defence was assured.”

  • james.colasanti@the-sun.co.uk17th Jan 2022, 19:14

    Serb tennis duo back Djokovic

    Serbian tennis stars Laslo Djere and Dusan Lajovic added their support to Novak Djokovic following his deportation from Australia.

    Lajovic called it 'terribly wrong' while Djere labeled it a 'catastrophic situation'.

  • james.colasanti@the-sun.co.uk17th Jan 2022, 18:16

    Matic blasts Aussies over Djok

    Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic says the decision to deport Novak Djokovic from Australia is ‘shameful’.

    Matic is one of a number of Serbian sports stars to speak out in support of their compatriot.

    The Red Devils ace posted a picture of Djokovic proudly holding the ATP Finals trophy on Instagram, and captioned it: “Your glory and their shame will live forever.”

  • james.colasanti@the-sun.co.uk17th Jan 2022, 17:36

    Will Aussie approach set trend?

    Once the dust settles on Novak Djokovic's ill-fated Australian Open campaign this month, how will the other Grand Slam chiefs handle the thorny issue of non-vaccinated tennis stars?

    Along with Djok, Czech doubles star Renata Voracova saw her visa cancelled by the Australian authorities after travelling there to play in the annual event Down Under – and for similar Covid-related reasons.

    It all begs the question as to how the various officials in France, England and America will approach the great un-jabbed at their flagship tennis events in 2022.

    First up is the French Open in May, then Wimbledon in June, and finally the US Open in late August.

    As with all things in this rapidly-moving Covid world, we will have to wait and see who is allowed to compete at those events.

  • james.colasanti@the-sun.co.uk17th Jan 2022, 16:35

    Djokovic sponsors Lacoste release statement

    One of Novak Djokovic's sponsors, Lacoste, have said they want to talk to him about his deportation from Australia.

    In a statement, the French clothing manufacturer, said: “As soon as possible, we will be in touch with Novak Djokovic to review the events that have accompanied his presence in Australia.”

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