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Vital clue emerges in search for missing nine-year-old

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Five days into their search for missing nine-year-old Charlise Mutten, police have received a vital clue from witnesses.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Police and volunteers have continued to search bushland in the NSW Blue Mountains for signs of the girl, while droves of detectives searched for clues around the Mount Wilson estate where she was last seen.</span></p> <p><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.police.nsw.gov.au/news/news_article?sq_content_src=%2BdXJsPWh0dHBzJTNBJTJGJTJGZWJpenByZC5wb2xpY2UubnN3Lmdvdi5hdSUyRm1lZGlhJTJGOTk1OTYuaHRtbCZhbGw9MQ%3D%3D" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Officers</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> from local police, Police Rescue, the Dog Unit and PolAir are also involved in the search efforts, with assistance from the State Emergency Service (SES), Rural Fire Service (RFS), and NSW Ambulance.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">A large scale coordinated search operation continues in the Blue Mountains. Charlise was last seen wearing a pink top w/ a round neck collar, black skirt &amp; pink Nike thongs. <br /><br />Anyone with info regarding the whereabouts of Charlise should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. <a href="https://t.co/JHtK9Nsgsb">https://t.co/JHtK9Nsgsb</a></p> — NSW Police Force (@nswpolice) <a href="https://twitter.com/nswpolice/status/1482132460527886343?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 14, 2022</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">On Monday, neighbours provided </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.9news.com.au/national/blue-mountains-missing-girl-charlise-mutten-police-new-south-wales/cbeb653e-c0da-44f4-ac10-80421b64c2fc" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">new information</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> about events prior to the reporting of Charlise’s disappearance on Friday, telling police they saw a car driving through the gates of the property at 4.30am.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Charlise’s mother Kallista told police her daughter had disappeared on Thursday, but didn’t make a report until Friday morning.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Her fiance Justin Stein then spent several hours speaking to police at Penrith on Friday afternoon, with his car being towed while he was at the station.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Over the weekend, police seized a white boat from the Mount Wilson property where Charlise was last spotted, before divers searched the Hawkesbury River at Windsor on Sunday.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7846882/mutten.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/fc3a0795d42b4d32bb85138db1553c25" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Divers searched the Hawkesbury River for signs of nine-year-old Charlise Mutten, who has been missing since Thursday, January 13. Image: 9News</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Monday’s search saw crews of volunteers trek across hundreds of kilometres, with NSW Rural Fire Service commander Peter Bennet saying one crew walked 10 kilometres across rough terrain.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It’s very rough terrain out here with canyons,” he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Officers from the Homicide Squad are also heavily involved, though their investigations have been made difficult by conflicting accounts.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 419.46308724832215px; height: 500px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7846881/fjc1b-qacachmk4.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/b998ff4eb1954831b0b62406200e7c72" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Charlise is described as being of Caucasian appearance, between 130 and 140cm tall, and has brown hair and brown eyes. Image: NSW Police (Twitter)</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Acting Superintendent John Nelson said police were working closely with Charlise’s family, including her mother.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“For any parent, it’s a very distressing scenario,” he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“She is quite distressed and we are providing her with support.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Charlise was last seen wearing a pink top with a round neck collar, a black knee-length skirt, and pink Nike thongs.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Police are urging anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: NSW Police (Twitter)</span></em></p>

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Manhunt after tragic death from random stabbing attack

<p dir="ltr">A 24-year-old was killed in what police describe as a random stabbing attack while working at a high-end furniture store last Thursday.</p> <p dir="ltr">Brianna Kupfer, a UCLA student, was working at Croft House in Los Angeles when she was stabbed by who police believe to be a homeless man. The suspect stabbed her before fleeing through the back door and down an alley.</p> <p dir="ltr">A customer found Brianna 20 minutes later, and she was pronounced dead on the scene soon after.</p> <p dir="ltr">Police said of the incident, “Detectives have determined the suspect was not known to the victim and [it] was a random walk into the store. The suspect attacked the victim with a knife and fled the scene through the back door.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Dr Jennifer Botelho, who owns a chiropractic practice next door, told CBS LA the attack was “horrifying”, saying, “It’s horrible. She’s such a young girl. … We feel so horrible for Brianna’s family, and hope we can catch this guy.”</p> <p dir="ltr">She added that the suspect visited her business shortly before the attack. “He came in and asked a couple of questions: ‘Do you do orthopaedics here?’ What kind of care we provide, and then he left. So he was just here for a few minutes,” Dr Botelho said.</p> <p dir="ltr">Ms Kupfer’s father told CBS she was “loved by all”. She had been studying architectural design at UCLA and was working at Croft House as a consultant.</p> <p dir="ltr">Police are still searching for the suspect.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Facebook</em></p>

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“Proud of my heritage”: Barty’s emotional speech

<p><em>Image: 9News</em></p> <p>Former tennis star turned commentator Jelena Dokic became emotional and teared up as she spoke to Ash Barty for her on-court interview after defeating Ukrainian qualifier Lesia Tsurenko 6-0 6-1 in just 54 minutes.</p> <p>Much like the rest of the country, Dokic is clearly a big-time Barty supporter, as she found it unmistakably difficult to keep her composure as she chatted on-mic with the superstar on Centre Court after her win, where she immediately recalled another of Barty's victories.</p> <p>“I want to first congratulate you on your Wimbledon win. I think I speak — not I think, I’m sure — I speak for everyone here, everyone in Australia, around the world, particularly myself — thank you,” Dokic said.</p> <p>“You gave us so much joy watching that last year. You made us so proud. I get goosebumps right now. I just want to hug you but I can’t.</p> <p>“There are no words to describe what you’ve done so thankyou for that.</p> <p>“Now I’m going to lose all my questions.”</p> <p>Then it was Barty's turn to speak, as she talked about her Indigenous heritage while three young fans waved the Australian Aboriginal flag from the stands.</p> <p>“I think I’m my most comfortable self when I’m out on the court … I’m a very, very proud Indigenous woman. I love my heritage, I love to celebrate my heritage,” she said.</p> <p>“It’s what connects me to all of you here today. It’s what connects me to the land.”</p> <p>The exchange melted hearts. Tennis writer Prajwal Hegde tweeted: “Jelena Dokic’s on-court interview of Ash Barty — Wimbledon, Indigenous heritage, expression — was outstanding. The world No. 1 is Australia’s and is much loved.”</p> <p>It’s not the first time Dokic has welled up speaking about Barty. After the 25-year-old won Wimbledon last year, Dokic became emotional on live TV as she praised the role the Queenslander’s parents have played in raising her to become such an admirable role model.</p> <p>“I just want to get this out before I fall apart. So give me 15 seconds,” Dokic told Nine in July.</p> <p>“I want to give a shout out to her parents, obviously Josie and Rob, because people underestimate the importance of family. She talks about that all the time.</p> <p>“And as someone who didn’t have that support, it is so important. This will set an example for parents in Australia and around the world, not just how to raise a champion but a genuinely wonderful human being."</p> <p>“This is how you support them. You don’t pressure them, you’re there for them and this is why she is there, so big shout out to them, well done.”</p>

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Has Novak's deportation ruined Australia's global reputation?

<p>The world has turned its attention to the Australian government's handling of Novak Djokovic and his refusal to get vaccinated, in order to compete in the Australian Open. </p> <p>As the tennis champion was <a href="https://oversixty.com.au/news/news/djokovic-escorted-out-of-australia">deported from Melbourne</a> on Monday morning, many spectators of the saga have drawn attention to the Morrison Government's strict border policies. </p> <p>Greg Barns from the Australian Lawyers Alliance said it was “dangerous” and “Orwellian” and “deeply troubling in a society supposedly committed to freedom of speech and freedom of thought”.</p> <p>However, despite the <a rel="noopener" href="https://oversixty.com.au/news/news/serbia-s-reaction-to-djokovic-deportation" target="_blank">growing outrage</a> in Novak's native Serbia, the notion that the tennis player's deportation has harmed Australia's international reputation is a lie Aussie's should not have to face.</p> <p>Readers of international publications such as the New York Times, the BBC and NBC News have all celebrated the decision made by Immigration Minister Alex Hawke to cancel Novak's visa and uphold the strong Australian borders. </p> <p>The Immigration Minister's decision to cancel the visa was supported by the Federal Court of Australia, preventing the tennis champion from competing in the Australian Open. </p> <p>“I am so glad this happened! Australia has worked very hard to keep its citizens safe! Kudos to them,” one commenter wrote on a Times story.</p> <p>“Australia has every single right to enforce their rules and laws, even on celebrities. Get vaccinated,” another wrote.</p> <p>When the BBC shared the news of his deportation on Facebook, the majority of the comments were in support of the government's decision. </p> <p>“Glad they stood their ground, in the end of the day Novak is just another human who should obey the rules,” one person wrote.</p> <div id="ad-block-4x4-1" class="w_unruly ad-block ad-custom unruly_insert_native_ad_here" data-type="unruly" data-ad-size="4x4" data-device-type="web" data-ad-tar="pos=1" data-ad-pos="1" data-google-query-id="CMaTzZ31t_UCFflCnQkdIy4Mow"> <div id="ad-block-2x2-1" data-google-query-id="CLnHxqT1t_UCFZCNjwodfvoFlg"> <div id="" class="story-content tg-tlc-storybody"> <p>Others agreed, writing, “Well done Australia for doing the right thing. You proved once again that you don’t pander to those who try to cheat and lie.</p> <p>“They’ve done the right thing by their citizens, who have had to live under restrictions (like many of us) for some time now. So someone blatantly lying to avoid the rules isn’t OK. He should’ve done the decent things and gone home days ago.”</p> <p>Australian journalist <span>Quentin Dempster wrote that the Morrison Government had no choice to deport Novak, given Australia's rising case numbers and hospitalisations. </span></p> <p><span>“This is a public health crisis,” he wrote on Twitter. “In a democracy free speech also comes with an ethical responsibility not to mislead or incite mass harm. Anti-vaxxers are doing just that. ICUs are clogged, people are dying.”</span></p> <p><span>Djokovic left Australia on a flight to Dubai on Sunday night after the full bench of the Federal Court of Australia ruled unanimously to kick him out of the country. </span></p> <p><span>Due to the visa restrictions, the world number one champion is banned from entering Australia for three years. </span></p> <p><span>Prime Minister Scott Morrison told Ben Fordham on 2GB on Monday that Novak "didn't have" a valid exemption to enter Australia unvaccinated. </span></p> <p>“He was wrong,’’ Mr Morrison said. “As simple as that. “He didn’t have one and that is the bottom line to that.</p> <p>“But the idea that someone could come and not follow those rules was just not on.”</p> <p><em>Image credits: Getty Images</em></p> </div> </div> </div>

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“WTF Woolies”: Supermarket drops meat supplier amid Covid controversy

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Woolworths will no longer receive their meat from a South Australian supplier which allowed employees to continue working while Covid-positive last week, following outcry online.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A Teys Australia abattoir in Naracoorte, in the state’s southeast - which has been the site of a major outbreak of the virus - allowed a number of asymptomatic employees to return to work between Monday and Thursday last week. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It was understood that the plan was introduced temporarily, as the meat industry continues to struggle to supply supermarkets and fast food chains due to coronavirus.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Brunswick Woolworths 7:05am in Scott Morrison’s Australia<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ScottytheFailure?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ScottytheFailure</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/auspol?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#auspol</a> <a href="https://t.co/y8WbHudDxC">pic.twitter.com/y8WbHudDxC</a></p> — Dr Hunter (psychologist) (@realhuntermmm) <a href="https://twitter.com/realhuntermmm/status/1481358619262488576?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 12, 2022</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">SA Health was aware of the plan and allowed “a small group of critical staff who have tested positive” to continue working in an area isolated from other employees.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In a letter sent out to employees over the weekend, Sage Murray, the general manager of operations at the facility, said the company thanked employees for their “understanding and patience during this time”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“As per our call to you today - and as confirmed by SA Health - you are required to present for work tomorrow [Monday] as normal unless you are feeling unwell,” Mr Murray wrote.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“This applies even if you have tested positive to COVID-19 either by a PCR or rapid test [RAT], and also if you are currently isolating because you are a close contact.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“If you have not completed a recent PCR or RAT test, you will be required to complete a RAT test before commencing work tomorrow.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“SA Health will also conduct a further PCR test … during your shift.”</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Teys Australia has provided a statement regarding its COVID-19 response <a href="https://t.co/Eps26DsIoG">https://t.co/Eps26DsIoG</a> <a href="https://t.co/37qkktkDoK">pic.twitter.com/37qkktkDoK</a></p> — Teys Australia (@TeysAustralia) <a href="https://twitter.com/TeysAustralia/status/1482229970336620546?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 15, 2022</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, Woolworths has since decided to suspend supply from Teys Australia’s Naracoorte facility.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We have suspended all supply through Tey’s South Australian facility while we work with Teys, SA Health and Safework SA to understand the protocols currently in place for their team and operations,” a Woolworths spokesperson said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We were not involved in the decision approved by SA Health to introduce exceptional temporary Covid measures at the site last week.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We expect all of our suppliers to adhere to Covid safety protocols set by their relevant state authorities.”</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Would <a href="https://twitter.com/ScottMorrisonMP?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@ScottMorrisonMP</a> be comfortable working in an office where Covid positive staff are wearing yellow hairnets to show their infectious status?<br /><br />If not, why does he think that’s fine for meat workers at <a href="https://twitter.com/woolworths?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@woolworths</a> supplier <a href="https://twitter.com/TeysAustralia?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@TeysAustralia</a>?</p> — Australian Unions (@unionsaustralia) <a href="https://twitter.com/unionsaustralia/status/1481399349162950658?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 12, 2022</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The supermarket giant previously said Teys Australia said that no Covid-positive workers would be working on Monday.</span></p> <p><a rel="noopener" href="https://au.news.yahoo.com/woolworths-suspends-all-supply-with-abattoir-after-covid-fury-044853208.html" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Speaking to </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Yahoo News Australia</span></em></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, Teys Australia confirmed Woolworths’ statement, adding that no one who had tested positive within the past seven days would be at the plant.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The meat supplier said approved workers with Covid who worked last week had to be separated from their coworkers for ten days after their diagnosis. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">All employees were also required to be fully vaccinated, wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) and practising social distancing.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Workers were reportedly told to wear different coloured hair nets while at work to distinguish between Covid-positive and negative employees.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Michele O’Neil, the president of the Australian Council of Trade Unions, described it as “outrageous behaviour”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Workers are being forced to wear coloured hair nets to say they are infected. This is outrageous behaviour,” she said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Others have also shown their anger over the treatment of abattoir staff, taking to social media to call for a boycott of the supermarket and prompting the hashtag “WTFwoolies” to begin trending.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">When you’re sick, you shouldn’t be at work. Period. When you’re in a pandemic, experiencing a huge wave of a highly transmissible virus, you should not be forced to work. This is outrageous <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WTFwoolies?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#WTFwoolies</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/COVID19au?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#COVID19au</a> <a href="https://t.co/9Al9yCwfFP">https://t.co/9Al9yCwfFP</a></p> — Jessica Munday (@MundayJessica) <a href="https://twitter.com/MundayJessica/status/1482486790472990720?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 15, 2022</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“This endangers all of us. Companies treating people like this will not be forgotten,” one woman tweeted.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Dear @woolworths .. I don’t mind you sending me weird items in my groceries delivery, but I DO mind you treating workers in your supply chain like they don’t matter. Get it together!” another user wrote.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">UPDATE:</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A statement from the supermarket has clarified that Woolworths is continuing to work with Teys Australia, and has only suspended supply from the Naracoorte abattoir.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We continue to work with a number of other sites and partners across the country to supply Australian meat to our customers, moving as much stock through the supply chain as possible during the current disruptions,” a spokesperson for Woolworths said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It is understood that meat supplies will no longer come from the SA facility “until Woolworths is satisfied by the measures in place under the guidelines of health authorities”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Woolworths continues to process meat through Teys facilities in other states.”</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: @realhuntermmm (Twitter) / Getty Images</span></em></p>

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Serbia's reaction to Djokovic deportation

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Anger has grown in Serbia after Novak Djokovic’s visa was cancelled for a second time, with the country’s President claiming the Australian government has “humiliated” itself.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Djokovic’s legal bid to overturn the cancellation of his visa once again was shot down on Sunday, after three federal judges upheld the decision on public order grounds.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The World No.1 was </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://oversixty.com.au/news/news/djokovic-escorted-out-of-australia" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">ordered to leave the country</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, departing from Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport late on Sunday night with a retinue of aids and officials. The Emirates flight EK409 to Dubai took off at 10.51pm local time, according to an AFP reporter on board.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Srdjan Djokovic, the tennis champion’s father, took to Instagram with claims Djokovic was subject to an “assassination attempt”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The assassination attempt on the best sportsman in the world is over, 50 bullets to Novak’s chest. See you in Paris,” he wrote.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Meanwhile in Belgrade, Serbia 😍 Home country is waiting for its hero.<br /><br />Source: Srdjan Djokovic, IG <a href="https://twitter.com/NovakFanClub?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@NovakFanClub</a> <a href="https://t.co/snC0ebfBPq">pic.twitter.com/snC0ebfBPq</a></p> — Yerik_nolefamkz 🇰🇿 (@yerikilyassov) <a href="https://twitter.com/yerikilyassov/status/1482802376549576708?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 16, 2022</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Serbian President Aleksander Vučić also shared his criticism over Djokovic’s treatment, saying the latest hearing was “a farce with a lot of lies”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“They think that they humiliated Djokovic with this 10-day harassment, and they actually humiliated themselves,” he told reporters on Sunday. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Djokovic can return to his country with his head held high.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“If you said that the one who was not vaccinated has no right to enter, Novak would not come or would be vaccinated.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Djokovic was granted a “medical exemption” by organisers of the Australian Open based on his positive PCR test results from December.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, organisers had previously been warned that infection with COVID-19 would be insufficient proof for a player to be unvaccinated and allowed in the country, prompting Djokovic’s visa to be cancelled the morning after he arrived in Melbourne on January 5.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The decision saw Djokovic stay at a hotel housing immigrants in detention for several days, before his visa was returned to him following a successful appeal at the Federal Circuit Court.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Despite his legal victory, Immigration Minister Alex Hawke used his personal powers to cancel Djokovic’s visa for a second time, prompting the tennis star to appeal the decision again in federal court.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">I welcome today’s unanimous decision by the Full Federal Court of Australia, upholding my decision to exercise my power under the Migration Act to cancel Mr Novak Djokovic’s visa in the public interest. <br /><br />I can confirm that Mr Djokovic has now departed Australia. <a href="https://t.co/8CapwFeDCS">pic.twitter.com/8CapwFeDCS</a></p> — Alex Hawke MP (@AlexHawkeMP) <a href="https://twitter.com/AlexHawkeMP/status/1482683424720945152?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 16, 2022</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mr Vučić reportedly told the BBC that the relationship between Australia and Serbia would need work in order to improve, insisting that the saga was about “truth and justice, not just Djokovic”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“You were saying medical exemptions and medical exemptions and he came there with a medical exemption proposal and then you were mistreating him for 10 days,” he told the BBC.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Why did you do it? And then doing that witches’ hunt campaign against him, that is something that no one can understand.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabić also weighed in, describing the decision as “scandalous”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I am disappointed and I think it has shown how the rule of law functions in some other countries, i.e. how it doesn’t function,” she told Belgrade’s Beta News Agency, according to a CNN translation.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.heraldsun.com.au/sport/tennis/novak-djokovic-deportation-sparks-outrage-around-the-world-as-his-father-slams-assassination-attempt/news-story/edcb04ad8f9b86ef4e1772b7ee052606" target="_blank">In a statement</a> posted online, the Serbian Olympic Committee said they believed “Novak came out as the winner again” despite his deportation.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We are proud of Novak Djokovic and the way he coped with these extremely difficult and unpleasant circumstances. Despite this scandalous decision, we believe Novak came out as the winner again,” they said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Djokovic’s family also spoke out, sharing their disappointment in a statement published by local media.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We are very disappointed by a federal court ruling and the fact that Novak has to leave Australia,” the family said in the statement.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“These are difficult moments, notably for Novak, but what we all have to do - namely us, his family - is to give him support more than ever.”</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Getty Images</span></em></p>

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Djokovic escorted out of Australia

<p><em>Images: Getty </em></p> <p>An “extremely disappointed” Novak Djokovic has been deported from Australia after last-ditch efforts to challenge a decision to cancel his visa failed.</p> <p>The World No.1 was seen being escorted by Australian Federal Police officers onto an Emirates flight to Dubai which left Melbourne’s Tullamarine airport at 10:30 on Sunday night.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7846842/new-project-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/5c3b8412f9ea44809da47b413d370bcd" /></p> <p>The dramatic moment brings to an end an 11-day saga that captured the attention of the world and threw the Australian Open into chaos.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7846841/new-project.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/1b4e5e9c88234743820b896faa6a0664" /></p> <p>The grand slam starts today without Djokovic, who is at risk of losing his world No.1 ranking to either Daniil Medvedev or Alexander Zverev should one of them win the tournament.</p> <p>Djokvoic had promised he would leave the country as soon as possible in a statement released after a<br />three-judge panel of the Federal Court ruled unanimously against him.</p> <p>“I am extremely disappointed with the Court ruling,” Djokovic wrote on Sunday.</p> <p>“I respect the Court’s ruling and I will cooperate with the relevant authorities in relation to my departure from the country.</p> <p>“I am uncomfortable that the focus of the past weeks has been on me and I hope that we can all now focus on the game and tournament I love.”</p> <p>A three-judge panel ruled unanimously against Djokovic in a full court judicial review of Immigration<br />Minister Alex Hawke’s decision to cancel his visa.</p> <p>The 34-year-old, who now also faces a potential three-year ban on re-entering Australia, was ordered to pay all legal costs incurred by the government. The judges did not provide reasons for their decisions but said they would do so in the coming days.</p> <p>The decision came after Immigration Minister Alex Hawke had cancelled Djokovic’s visa for a<br />second time on Friday, citing a risk to public health and the chance the unvaccinated star’s presence in Australia could excite anti-vaccination sentiment.</p> <p>“Australia’s strong border protection policies have kept us safe during the pandemic,” Mr Hawke said in a statement after the court decision.</p> <p>“Strong border protection policies are also fundamental to safe-guarding Australia’s social cohesion which continues to strengthen despite the pandemic.”</p> <p>Chief Justice James Allsop said the court ruling was based on the lawfulness and legality of the minister’s decision in the context of the rounds of appeal lodged by Djokovic’s legal team.</p> <p>“It is no part of the function of the court to decide upon the merits or wisdom of the decision,” he explained.</p> <p>Under Australia’s Migration Act, certain deported people are unable to be granted a visa while offshore for a period of three years, meaning Djokovic could be barred from playing in the 2023 and 2024 Australian Opens as well.</p> <p>Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews told<span> </span><em>Sunrise</em><span> </span>the harsh penalty can be waived in certain situations, including compelling circumstances that affect the interests of Australia, or compassionate circumstances that affect the interests of an Australian citizen or permanent resident.</p>

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New twist for Novak the Diplomat

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As the ever-evolving saga surrounding Novak Djokovic’s future in Australia continues, a new detail has emerged that could allow him to stay.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The World No.1 holds a diplomatic passport from the Republic of Serbia, which his country says should ensure “adequate treatment” of the athlete.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Serbian Embassy </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.heraldsun.com.au/sport/tennis/novak-djokovic-visa-scandal-latest-could-diplomatic-passport-save-world-no1-in-deportation-threat/news-story/55886ff3da75ef83f543752eb1e8046d" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">confirmed</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> that Djokovic holds a diplomatic passport - which he received for being on the Davis Cup championship team in 2011 - alongside an ordinary Serbian passport.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ivana Isidorovic, a first counsellor at the embassy, told </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Herald Sun</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> that the diplomatic passport should guarantee his “adequate treatment” while abroad, even though Immigration Minister Alex Hawke may still re-cancel his visa.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Djokovic, as our most recognisable representative in the world, is the holder of a diplomatic passport, which should, in diplomatic theory and consular practice, guarantee him adequate treatment when crossing borders,” she said in a statement on Friday.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, Kian Bone, a migration legal expert of Macpherson Kelley law firm, said it is expected that Djokovic will not receive any special treatment due to his passport.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“In my view, any claim for diplomatic immunity is only extended to ‘diplomatic agents’ and would not extend to a private citizen of Serbia,” Mr Bone said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He said diplomatic passport holders were normally required to still apply for the appropriate visa to enter Australia on business - which includes playing in the Australian Open.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">According to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website, “Diplomatic and Official Passports do not confer any special rights or privileges”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Individual countries may confer, at their own discretion, certain rights and privileges to holders of Diplomatic and Official Passports.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Djokovic was granted a temporary activity visa subclass 408, sponsored by Tennis Australia, in order to enter the country last week.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As the competition’s start date looms, Minister Hawke is still to make a decision regarding Djokovic’s visa.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The Minister is currently considering the matter and the process remains ongoing,” a spokesman for Mr Hawke </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/news/news/new-visa-twist-as-more-novak-accusations-emerge" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">said on Monday night</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, following the court’s decision to overturn Djokovic’s visa cancellation.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The uncertainty surrounding his fate comes as more of Djokovic’s rivals continue to criticise him and call for his removal from Australia.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">World No.4 Stefanos Tsitsipas said Djokovic had made other tennis players “look like fools” after arriving in Australia unvaccinated, accusing him of putting the competition at risk.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“For sure he has been playing by his own rules,” Tsitsipas said in an interview with Indian broadcaster WION.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It takes a lot of daring to do and (is) putting the Grand Slam at risk… I don’t think many players would do that.”</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Novak is a great tennis player &amp; one of the all time greats. No doubt. But he’s lied on entry forms, been out in public when he knew he had covid &amp; is now facing legal cases. He’s entitled to not be jabbed but Oz is entitled to throw him out ! Agree ? <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/shambles?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#shambles</a></p> — Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) <a href="https://twitter.com/ShaneWarne/status/1481760362538336256?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 13, 2022</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Athletes outside of the tennis world have also weighed in, including cricketer Shane Warne.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Novak is a great tennis player &amp; one of the all time greats,” he wrote on Twitter. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“No doubt. But he’s lied on his entry forms, been out in public when he knew he had covid &amp; is now facing legal cases. He’s entitled not to be jabbed but Oz is entitled to throw him out! Agree?”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Though a decision was expected on Thursday afternoon from Minister Hawke, Djokovic’s future is expected to now be determined on Friday - three days before the Australian Open begins.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Getty Images</span></em></p>

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Novak rumour shut down by Spanish officials

<p dir="ltr">As tennis fans around the world wait to hear if Novak Djokovic will be kicked out of Australia, another country has been pulled into the debacle and forced to dispel rumours.</p> <p dir="ltr">Authorities in Spain have rejected new rumours that they are investigating the tennis champion’s entry into Spain late last year.</p> <p dir="ltr">Novak travelled from his native Serbia to Spain in December, where he began practicing for the Australian Open.</p> <p dir="ltr">Tennis reporter Gaspar Ribeiro Lanca tweeted on Thursday, “Breaking news: COPE reports that the Spanish Government is now investigating whether unvaccinated Novak Djokovic entered the country illegally in late December.”</p> <p dir="ltr">“Since September 20, citizens from Serbia need a vaccine certificate OR a special exemption to enter Spanish territory but so far the authorities say they did not receive any request from Djokovic.”</p> <p dir="ltr">However, cold water has been poured on suggestions Djokovic is under the microscope in Spain, as a spokesperson for Spain’s interior ministry told <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.politico.eu/article/spain-investigating-novak-djokovic-entry-tennis-coronavirus-vaccines/" target="_blank">Politico</a>, “The news is false. Neither the government has ordered it nor is there any police investigation open on the athlete.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Despite these rumours being laid to rest, the tennis reporter’s claims for entry into Spain are accurate, with international travellers needing a valid Covid-19 vaccinate certificate or exemption, as stated by <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/destinations/europe/spain" target="_blank">Smart Traveller</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">Novak is still awaiting his fate for competing in the Australian Open, as Federal Immigration Minister Alex Hawke has yet to make a decision about his visa.</p> <p dir="ltr"><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.theage.com.au/sport/tennis/djokovic-plans-court-appeal-if-minister-decides-to-cancel-visa-20220113-p59o3n.html" target="_blank"><em>The Age </em></a>reports a member of Djokovic’s camp said legal action will immediately be launched if he is ordered to leave the country, even after having his visa cancellation overturned in court on Monday.</p> <p dir="ltr">According to the report, Team Djokovic is hopeful any legal battle over his visa status would be resolved by Sunday, allowing the Serbian to continue to compete in the Australian Open, which starts on Monday, if he is successful.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image credits: Getty Images</em></p>

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Djokovic makes the cut while Barty draws dead

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After a last-minute delay, Novak Djokovic’s future in the Australian Open seems to be confirmed following the announcement of the draw on Thursday afternoon.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The announcement was pushed until after an update from Prime Minister Scott Morrison, with many expecting a comment on Djokovic’s fate.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Though Minister Alex Hawke still holds the ability to cancel the tennis champion’s visa for a second time, organisers of the Australian Open are treating Djokovic as if he is still going to play.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Top seed and nine-time <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/AusOpen?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#AusOpen</a> champion 🇷🇸 <a href="https://twitter.com/DjokerNole?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@DjokerNole</a> begins his title defence against Miomir Kecmanovic.<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/AO2022?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#AO2022</a> <a href="https://t.co/96MAlHNElG">pic.twitter.com/96MAlHNElG</a></p> — #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) <a href="https://twitter.com/AustralianOpen/status/1481500590681198592?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 13, 2022</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The World No. 1 has been drawn against fellow Serbian and World No. 78 Miromir Kecmanovic.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Organisers also announced the draw for the women’s singles, with Ash Barty to begin her Australian Open campaign against a qualifier - meaning she will need to win a pre-tournament competition in order to secure her spot.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Barty Party in Melbourne 🎊 <br /><br />Top seed 🇦🇺 <a href="https://twitter.com/ashbarty?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@ashbarty</a> starts her <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/AusOpen?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#AusOpen</a> campaign against a qualifier.<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/AO2022?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#AO2022</a> <a href="https://t.co/hMDkESm9No">pic.twitter.com/hMDkESm9No</a></p> — #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) <a href="https://twitter.com/AustralianOpen/status/1481497862840012806?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 13, 2022</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The announcement comes while Djokovic’s future in the country hangs in the balance, with a decision from Minister Hawke expected on Thursday.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">When asked about the star’s fate at his press conference, Mr Morrison refused to comment.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"I refer to Minister Hawke's most recent statement and that position hasn't changed," he told reporters on Thursday afternoon.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"These are personal ministerial powers able to be exercised by Minister Hawke and I don't propose to make any further comment at this time."</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: @djokernole (Instagram)</span></em></p>

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Tributes pour in for Olympic medallist killed at 29

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Tributes to Olympic medallist Deon Lendore have poured in after he was involved in a fatal car crash.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The 29-year-old won bronze at the 2012 Olympics in London as part of Trinidad and Tobago’s 4x400m relay team. He also competed in the individual 400m at the 2016 and 2020 Olympics in Rio and Tokyo, and won silver at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">According to </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/17294744/deon-lendore-killed-car-crash-tributes/" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Sun</span></a></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">, it is understood that the sprinter died in a crash in Texas, where he trains.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee issued a statement paying tribute to the athlete, describing him as “an inspiration” to many “both on and off the track”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Words cannot adequately express our sadness at the devastating and untimely loss of three-time Olympic and Olympics and World Championships bronze medallist Deon Lendore, who has been an inspiration and motivation to us all both on and off the track,” the statement read.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Words cannot adequately express our sadness at the devastating and untimely loss of 3x Olympian and Olympic and World Championship bronze medalist Deon Lendore who has been an inspiration and motivation to us all both on an off the track. <a href="https://t.co/jU2OKyqs6Z">pic.twitter.com/jU2OKyqs6Z</a></p> — Team TTO (@TTOlympic) <a href="https://twitter.com/TTOlympic/status/1480814051286474752?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 11, 2022</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Deon has flown the Trinidad flag with pride, honour, patriotism and an indomitable will throughout his career while helping and inspiring many.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We express our deepest and heartfelt condolences to his family, friends, teammates, coaches, Abilene Club, Community of Arima and all who he would have touched.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It is a sad day for the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic and Commonwealth Sport Movement.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mr Lendore was a student athlete at Texas A&amp;M University, and secured his 400m personal best of 44.36 seconds back in 2014.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Fellow athletes have also taken to social media to share their condolences and pay tribute to Mr Lendore.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Jamaican runner Natoya Goule wrote on Instagram: “I’m in total shock Deon. You broke my heart.”</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">As we look at <a href="https://twitter.com/deonlendore?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@deonlendore</a> final moments of representing <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TeamTTO?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#TeamTTO</a> you will see that his final act was one of kindness and service. He wheeled Dwight from the main stadium to the warmup stadium when Dwight couldn’t walk.<br /><br />Rest Well Deon….Rest Well❤️😭❤️😭 <a href="https://t.co/XIRs5yq0sl">pic.twitter.com/XIRs5yq0sl</a></p> — Nic-Connor Alexander (@nicconnor) <a href="https://twitter.com/nicconnor/status/1480858766371438600?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 11, 2022</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Nic-Connor Alexander, a sprinter and fellow member of the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic team, shared a clip of one of Mr Lendore’s final moments with another teammate.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“As we look at @deonlendore final moments of representing #TeamTTO you will see that his final act was one of kindness and service. He wheeled Dwight from the main stadium to the warmup stadium when Dwight couldn’t walk,” he wrote.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Rest Well Deon…. Rest Well.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">An account for Texas A&amp;M University’s track, field and cross country teams also shared a tribute on Twitter.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">It is with heavy hearts that we mourn the loss of Deon Lendore. An inspiration and motivator to those around him, the impact he had not only on Aggie track &amp; field, but across the world, will be greatly missed.<br /><br />Here.<br /><br />📰 <a href="https://t.co/eyIli0BGVY">https://t.co/eyIli0BGVY</a> <a href="https://t.co/dMn09LsfFh">pic.twitter.com/dMn09LsfFh</a></p> — Texas A&amp;M Track &amp; Field/Cross Country (@aggietfxc) <a href="https://twitter.com/aggietfxc/status/1481003705306603528?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 11, 2022</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It is with heavy hearts that we mourn the loss of Deon Lendore,” the post read.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“An inspiration and motivator to those around him, the impact he had not only on Aggie track &amp; field, but across the world, will be greatly missed.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">American shot-putter Darren Hill added: “RIP champ. Thank you for all the laughs and good vibes man.”</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: @deonlendore (Instagram)</span></em></p>

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Footy player jailed after king hit and headbutt

<p><em>Image: NT News</em></p> <p>Footballer Warrick Williams will spend over a year behind bars after breaking a man’s jaw on Darwin’s party strip.</p> <p>The 28-year-old is a Victorian recruit for the Wanderers Football Club and continued to play in the Northern Territory Football League while on bail.</p> <p>He has pleaded guilty to unlawfully causing serious harm, which carries a maximum penalty of 14 years' imprisonment.</p> <p>The court heard an argument broke out over a piece of litter outside the Istanbul Kebab Bar on Mitchell Street in 2020.</p> <p>"Not only did you headbutt him... you king hit him at a time when he... was not expecting to be hit," Justice Peter Barr of the Northern Territory Supreme Court said.</p> <p>"You were a taller and more powerfully built man — no doubt you made that assessment."</p> <p>Williams claimed he had been provoked by the man's racial slurs towards him.</p> <p>However, after reviewing CCTV and hearing evidence from both parties, Justice Barr ruled he was not satisfied that the victim had used provocative and offensive racist language.</p> <p>The judge noted Williams was a talented footballer with a clean tribunal record and had made an effort to turn his life around.</p> <p>"But an offender who engages in drunken violence causing serious consequences must expect a sentence of imprisonment," Justice Barr said.</p> <p>Warrick Williams has been handed a jail sentence of three years and four months. He will be released after serving 14 months.</p>

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"The instructions were clear": Djokovic journo speaks out

<p dir="ltr">The French journalist who interviewed Novak Djokovic while the tennis star was Covid positive, was told not to ask the Serb about his vaccination status.</p> <p dir="ltr">Franck Ramella from French publication <em>L’Equipe </em>interviewed Novak in Belgrade on December 18th, two days after Djokovic had tested positive for the deadly virus.</p> <p dir="ltr">Ramella wrote, “The instructions were clear — no questions about vaccination.”</p> <p dir="ltr">The French journalist said the topic was clearly “very sensitive”.</p> <p dir="ltr">“So we didn’t ask him if he had made efforts to get tested. If we had asked him, what would have been the point?” he added.</p> <p dir="ltr">Writing for the paper on Wednesday, Ramella said the photographer from <em>L’Equipe </em>asked Novak to remove his mask for a photo, to which he refused, before taking a photo unmasked later in the proceedings.</p> <p dir="ltr">Ramella was only made aware of Novak’s positive diagnosis three weeks after the interview, but had luckily tested negative after being in contact with him.</p> <p dir="ltr">Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic told the <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-59958662" target="_blank">BBC</a> that if Novak went out knowing he had a positive PCR result, it would be a “clear breach” of Serbia’s Covid restrictions.<br />“If you’re positive you have to be in isolation,” she said.</p> <p dir="ltr">The maximum sentence under Serbia’s criminal code for failure to act pursuant to health regulations during epidemic is three years imprisonment.</p> <p dir="ltr">During an interview on Wednesday, Djokovic said he made an “error in judgement” in going ahead with the interview in December.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I felt obliged to go ahead and conduct the <em>L’Equipe</em> interview as I didn’t want to let the journalist down but did ensure I socially distanced and wore a mask except when my photograph was being taken,” Djokovic said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“On reflection, this was an error of judgment and I accept that I should have rescheduled this commitment.”</p> <p dir="ltr">This “error in judgement” from the tennis champion has been described as “deeply concerning” by the International Tennis Writers Association (ITWA).</p> <p dir="ltr">“The news that Novak Djokovic did not tell one of our members — and the rest of the L’Equipe team on the day — that he had tested positive for Covid-19 is deeply concerning,” an ITWA statement read on Thursday.</p> <p dir="ltr">“As journalists, we take great care to adhere to all Covid-19 rules in place, and we would expect all players to do the same.”</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image credits: Getty Images</em></p>

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“No right to be here”: Angry tennis stars pile on as Novak issues new statement

<p dir="ltr">Novak Djokovic continues to face harsh criticism from commentators, fans, and fellow tennis players as more details about his behaviour in the lead-up to his arrival in Australia emerge.</p> <p dir="ltr">The Serbian tennis star posted a statement on Instagram on Wednesday afternoon, in which he clarifies when he tested positive for COVID-19, and admits that he attended an in-person interview and photoshoot on December 18 while knowingly positive for the virus. He explained that he did this as he “didn’t want to let the journalist down”, but he made sure he “socially distanced and wore a mask” except for when his photo was being taken. He added that upon reflection, he realises this was an error of judgement.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CYnO7cDqbdj/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CYnO7cDqbdj/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Novak Djokovic (@djokernole)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr">He also explained that his travel declaration was submitted by his team on his behalf, and his agent has sincerely apologised for the administrative error in ticking the box about his previous travel before arriving in Australia that saw him detained last week.</p> <p dir="ltr">Meanwhile, his fellow tennis players have voiced concerns about his actions, with former world number 1 Andy Murray suggesting there are “a few questions to be answered” and urging Djokovic to come clean. Murray had just won his first match in Australia in three years when he was asked about Djokovic, and he told reporters, “I mean, obviously, it‘s positive that he’s not in detention anymore. Obviously, he won in court, so that‘s a positive thing for him. Hopefully, (he) will be able to concentrate on the tennis now.</p> <p dir="ltr">“There are still a few questions that need to be answered around the isolation and stuff, which I‘m sure we’ll hear from him in the next few days, but I’m obviously here to try and play and win tournaments.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Like I said, it’s the first match that I have played here or won here in over three years, and this is where the situations like this are frustrating for players because I want to come off and talk about my tennis and what’s happening there, not talking about situations like that. So I‘m hoping that we can move on from it now.</p> <p dir="ltr">“He won in court, which is good. Looks like he’s going to be able to play and compete in the Australian Open, which we do want the best players there, but like I said, I think there is still a few questions to be answered. Until that happens, tough to give a definitive opinion on everything. But like I said, positive that he‘s out and practising.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Portuguese player Joao Sousa was critical of Djokovic’s attempt to skirt the rules. He told reporters, “I respect that he fights for what he believes and I can be empathetic with what he is going through in Australia, but it’s a bit selfish from him to arrive here as the only player unvaccinated. It’s tough for us players to accept that.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Many players — not my case — didn’t want to get vaccinated and were forced to do it to be able to play tournaments. He is finding a way around those rules.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Marton Fucsovics also criticised Djokovic, saying, “People’s health is paramount, and there are rules that were outlined months ago, namely that everyone should vaccinate themselves — and Djokovic didn’t. From this point of view, I don’t think he would have the right to be here.”</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Michael Dodge/Getty Images</em></p>

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"Just let him play": Novak's mother makes personal appeal

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Novak Djokovic’s mother has claimed her son was unaware that he was Covid-positive while appearing at public events last month, despite court documents revealing he had a positive PCR test.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Upon his arrival in Melbourne last week, the tennis star told Border Force officials he was exempt from mandatory vaccination rules because he had tested positive to COVID-19 on December 16.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, photos have emerged of the Serbian attending various functions without a mask after that date, </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://oversixty.com.au/news/news/djokovic-press-conference-shut-down-after-probing-question" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">prompting questions</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> as to whether he attended them knowing he was positive.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">An honor to receive my very own Serbian stamp. Thank you to my generous country for this rare gift! I’m humbled!! Excited to share we’ll partner with the Serbian National Postal Service on <a href="https://twitter.com/novakfoundation?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@novakfoundation</a> projects for every child to have the opportunity to attend preschool 🙏🏼 <a href="https://t.co/Ww8Zma95NU">pic.twitter.com/Ww8Zma95NU</a></p> — Novak Djokovic (@DjokerNole) <a href="https://twitter.com/DjokerNole/status/1471843717271150592?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">December 17, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Speaking to </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://7news.com.au/sunrise/on-the-show/novak-djokovics-mum-reveals-twist-in-tennis-stars-visa-battle-with-australian-government-c-5272119" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Sunrise</span></a></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> on Wednesday, his mother Dijana said her son “didn’t know” he was infected when the photos were taken.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“He didn’t know, probably, he didn’t know because when he realised he was positive then he (went) to isolation,” she said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ms Djokovic continued, expressing her worry over her son’s chances at next week’s Australian Open and admitting that she had been struggling to sleep.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">"He didn’t know because when he realised he was positive then he go to isolation"<br /><br />Novak Djokovic's mum Dijana claims the tennis champion wasn't aware he was infected with COVID-19 when he was photographed out and about last month. <a href="https://t.co/qi3SpiOlqn">pic.twitter.com/qi3SpiOlqn</a></p> — Sunrise (@sunriseon7) <a href="https://twitter.com/sunriseon7/status/1481010385709039618?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 11, 2022</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I realise this is not over yet and we are all praying that he will stay,” she said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Don’t throw him out, he is a tennis player, he is not a politician, he is not a criminal, he is not a murderer, he’s just a tennis player, the best in the world, just let him play.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“He came to Australia to play and to win the Australian Open, this is his goal.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ms Djokovic’s comments come as her son continues to be investigated by the federal government, with officials looking to determine whether he made </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://oversixty.com.au/news/news/new-visa-twist-as-more-novak-accusations-emerge" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">false claims on his entry form</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The world No.1 told authorities he hadn’t been vaccinated due to his recent COVID-19 infection, and filled out a form confirming he had not travelled in the 14 days prior to his flight to Australia.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, he was filmed playing tennis in the Serbian capital of Belgrade on Christmas Day and training in Spain on December 31 and within the first few days of the new year.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Though Djokovic </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://oversixty.com.au/news/news/round-1-goes-to-novak-as-ugly-scenes-unfold-on-melbourne-streets" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">won his case</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> against the government over his visa cancellation, Immigration Minister Alex Hawke can use his personal powers to revoke his visa again and is expected to make a decision this week.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ms Djokovic said Minister Hawke’s ability to decide whether her son stays or leaves is “unfair”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I cannot understand how one man can make this decision,” Dijana said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As for Djokovic’s controversial views on vaccination, Dijana said he has “his own philosophy on life” and that no one can “pursue or pressure” him to get the jab.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I don’t know what the problem is if he doesn’t want to get vaccinated - that is his choice,” she said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Each person on this world has the opportunity to make this choice, this is like human rights.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ms Djokovic also criticised “silly” rules preventing players from competing at the Australian Open if they are unvaccinated, unless they have a medical exemption.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I don’t understand this law that only if you’re vaccinated you can play,” she continued.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It’s not that I’m against vaccination, of course I’m not, but if you’re vaccinated, it’s not that you’re protected from the coronavirus.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Lots of people who have two or three vaccines get ill.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Are they afraid he’s going to cough on the court? It’s silly.”</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Sunrise / @djokernole (Instagram)</span></em></p>

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Caught out! Leaked audio as Channel 7 stars slam Novak

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Comments from Channel 7 newsreaders Mike Amor and Rebecca Maddern slamming Novak Djokovic have emerged, after footage of an off-air exchange in the studio <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/sport/tennis/lying-ahole-leaked-video-shows-seven-stars-trashing-novak-djokovic/news-story/190c9cb29e21723f12ab233883000af6" target="_blank">was leaked online</a>.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The clip shows the Melbourne-based presenters talking about Djokovic’s bid to stay in the country and compete in the Australian Open, calling him an “a***hole” and accusing him of faking his border entry forms.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Whatever way you look at it, Novak Djokovic is a lying, sneaky a**hole,” Maddern told her co-host. “It’s unfortunate that everybody else stuffed up around him.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“To go out when you know you’re Covid-positive - well, I don’t think he was even Covid-positive…”</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">“Novak Djokovic is a lying, sneaky arsehole, whatever way you look at it…” Off-air footage of Australian news anchors Mike Amor and Rebecca Maddern giving their thoughts on the Djokovic saga leaked <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/AusOpen?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#AusOpen</a> <a href="https://t.co/GR2GYdJ4C8">pic.twitter.com/GR2GYdJ4C8</a></p> — Auskar Surbakti (@AuskarSurbakti) <a href="https://twitter.com/AuskarSurbakti/status/1481006565666824197?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 11, 2022</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Amor also called the world No.1 an “a**hole”, adding: “You’ve got a bulls**t f***ing excuse and then he fell over his own f***ing lies, which is what happens right? That’s what happened.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Maddern questioned the truth behind Djokovic’s recent travel movements which he included in his Australian Travel Declaration form, while Amor said: “I think he’s going to get away with it”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7846747/novak3.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/68194194a1f8403fbfb840334b7b7237" /></span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Off-air footage has emerged of newsreaders Mike Amor and Rebecca Maddern hitting out at Novak Djokovic and his visa troubles. Image: Twitter</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I think most fair-minded people would say, ‘This bloke’s an a**hole’. Did they do the right thing by him? I don’t know. They f***ed up. That’s the problem, isn’t it,” he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The fact is life is never fair. Some people fly first class… it’s never fair,” Maddern added.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The presenters’ comments come as the tennis champion continues to be investigated by Border Force officials to determine whether he </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/news/news/new-visa-twist-as-more-novak-accusations-emerge" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">lied on his entry form</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Some have suggested Djokovic incorrectly answered a question asking whether he had travelled in the 14 days prior to flying to Australia, with social media posts emerging accusing him of being in Serbia for Christmas before flying to Spain to prepare for the year’s first grand slam.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Although the decision to cancel Djokovic’s visa </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://oversixty.com.au/news/news/round-1-goes-to-novak-as-ugly-scenes-unfold-on-melbourne-streets" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">was overturned</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> in the Federal Circuit Court on Monday, there is still the possibility Djokovic could be forced to leave Australia.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Immigration Minister Alex Hawke - who has personal power to cancel Djokovic’s visa - has confirmed he is considering whether to do so or not.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“In line with due process, Minister Hawke will thoroughly consider the matter,” Mr Hawke’s office said on Tuesday.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Twitter</span></em></p>

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Neighbours actor dead at just 34 years of age

<p dir="ltr">Former<span> </span><em>Neighbours<span> </span></em>actor Miranda Fryer has passed away at the age of 34. The former child actor, who played Sky Mangel as a child, died in her sleep on January 6.</p> <p dir="ltr">In a statement made to<span> </span><em>TV Tonight,<span> </span></em>Ms Fryer’s family said, “True soulmates, Miranda and Arthur were making plans to start their family, when one day last week she went to sleep and never woke up. We do not know why.” Arthur refers to her husband, Arthur Pothitis.</p> <p dir="ltr">“She had had some health issues with her heart, maybe her beautiful persona was just too good for this world of ours. We, who all loved her so much, shall treasure the memories she has left us with and mourn our loss forever.</p> <p dir="ltr">“A beautiful child, stunning teenager, beautiful inside, and out … a woman, with so much love and happiness given and received. So many friends, so much still to offer this world, gone.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Ms Fryer was the first child actor contracted to appear on the show and first played Sky Mangel, the daughter of Joe Mangel, played by Mark Little, and Kerry Bishop, played by Linda Hartley-Clark, in 1989. Her mother Traci Hunter told the<span> </span><em>Herald Sun<span> </span></em>that she was initially only supposed to be on the show for six weeks, but the storyline was extended and she was contracted for three years. Ms Hunter said, “She had so much fun on the show but when she was going to start school I really felt that it was not a good idea for her to continue as she deserved to have a childhood.” Ms Fryer was just 18 months old when she joined the<span> </span><em>Neighbours<span> </span></em>cast. The character was later reintroduced as a teenager in 2003, played by Stephanie McIntosh.</p> <p dir="ltr">Ms Fryer had recently finished her nursing degree and was due to start a postgraduate position at Monash Hospital’s neuroscience department. Ms Hunter said she was the “most wonderful daughter”, adding, “She had so much love and passion for life. She was a truly kind loving person, almost too good to be true – obviously she was too good to be true as she has been taken from us so early.”</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Channel Ten</em></p>

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New visa twist as more Novak accusations emerge

<p>After the decision to cancel Novak Djokovic's visa was overturned in Federal Court on Monday, the Serbian tennis champ is still at risk of being deported ahead of the Australian Open.</p> <p>Questions are now being asked about the information Novak provided on his Australia Travel Declaration form, as Australian Border Force officials are investigating if he lied on the document. </p> <p>Djokovic is facing allegations of traveling from his native Serbia to Spain in the 14 days before he flew to Australia last week. </p> <p>In his Travel Declaration form, the tennis champ ticked a box saying he has not travelled, and was not planning to travel, in the fortnight before his trip to Melbourne. </p> <p>A statement on the form reads, “Note: Giving false or misleading information is a serious offence. You may also be liable to a civil penalty for giving false or misleading information.”</p> <p>Djokovic flew from Spain to Dubai on January 4th, then boarded a flight from Dubai to Melbourne on January 5th.</p> <p>Following social media posts of Novak appearing to be in the Serbian capital of Belgrade over Christmas, multiple reports from international media outlets claim that Novak was in fact in Spain in early January to prepare for the Australian Open, which begins next week. </p> <p><span>On January 4, the </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://tennishead.net/its-disappointing-declares-two-time-slam-finalist-on-novak-djokovic-uncertainty/" target="_blank" class="body-link">Tennis Head </a><span>website reported: “Djokovic is still training in Marbella, Spain on the same surface and with the official balls for the Australian Open.”</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">We can confirm <a href="https://twitter.com/DjokerNole?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@DjokerNole</a> is ready for <a href="https://twitter.com/AustralianOpen?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@AustralianOpen</a> if possible! <a href="https://t.co/q9WJFzBU41">pic.twitter.com/q9WJFzBU41</a></p> — SotoTennis Academy (@SotoTennis) <a href="https://twitter.com/SotoTennis/status/1476898807795392527?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">December 31, 2021</a></blockquote> <p>On Monday night, a spokesman for Federal Immigration Alex Hawke said “it remains within (his) ... discretion to consider cancelling Mr Djokovic’s visa under his personal power of cancellation within section 133C (3) of the Migration Act”.</p> <p>“The Minister is currently considering the matter and the process remains ongoing,” the spokesman said.</p> <p>Government lawyer Christopher Tran said that if the Immigration Minister chooses to exercise his "personal power of cancellation", Novak would be unable to return to Australia for three years. </p> <p><em>Image credits: Getty Images</em></p>

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Djokovic press conference shut down after probing question

<p dir="ltr">The Djokovic family abruptly ended a press conference when someone asked whether tennis star Novak knowingly socialised with children without wearing a mask a day after testing positive for COVID-19.</p> <p dir="ltr">The decision to cancel Djokovic’s visa was overturned in the Federal Court on Monday, and he plans to play in the Australian Open next week. However, the federal government says it is still considering whether or not to cancel his visa, saying it has the power to do so regardless of the court’s decision.</p> <p dir="ltr">Court documents released after the hearing reveal that the tennis star was tested at 1.05 pm on December 16 and received a positive result at 8.19pm. This revelation has prompted speculation about whether Djokovic knowingly mingled with others without wearing a mask while being sick with the virus.</p> <p dir="ltr">On December 16, he received a commemorative stamp from the Serbian National Postal Service, and on December 17, he attended an awards ceremony at the Novak Tennis Centre in Belgrade. Multiple photos posted to social media show him posing for photos with children without wearing a mask.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">An honor to receive my very own Serbian stamp. Thank you to my generous country for this rare gift! I’m humbled!! Excited to share we’ll partner with the Serbian National Postal Service on <a href="https://twitter.com/novakfoundation?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@novakfoundation</a> projects for every child to have the opportunity to attend preschool 🙏🏼 <a href="https://t.co/Ww8Zma95NU">pic.twitter.com/Ww8Zma95NU</a></p> — Novak Djokovic (@DjokerNole) <a href="https://twitter.com/DjokerNole/status/1471843717271150592?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">December 17, 2021</a></blockquote> <p dir="ltr">These photos led people to question why he would attend social functions, particularly with children and without wearing a mask, knowing he was at risk of transmitting the virus.</p> <p dir="ltr">When his family members – father Srdjan, mother Dijana and brother Djordje – were asked that very question at a press conference in Belgrade on Monday, Djordje said, “So, ah, this press conference is adjourned at the moment”.</p> <p dir="ltr">Before abruptly ending the press conference, the family thanked fans for their support and defended Djokovic’s right to be in Australia, with Djordje saying, “Thank you to people all over the world, people have risen in defence of Novak, we have seen the footage in front of the detention centre. Novak is free, he practised on the courts. He went there to chase another title, with the best possible intent and all the documentation.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Novak has been labelled many times, but all he stands for is freedom of choice. The justice has been done. Truth and justice came to the light. I would like to thank the justice system of Australia.”</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images</em></p>

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Kyrgios' solemn vow despite positive COVID test

<p dir="ltr"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Australian tennis player Nick Kyrgios </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10385927/Nick-Kyrgios-reveals-hes-tested-positive-Covid-vows-play-Australian-Open.html" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">has revealed</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> he has tested positive to COVID-19, prompting his withdrawal from the Sydney Tennis Classic and jeopardising his chances at the upcoming Australian Open.</span></p> <p dir="ltr">Kyrgios withdrew from the Sydney competition on Monday two hours before his match with Fabio Fognini at Ken Rosewall Arena at Sydney’s Olympic Park.</p> <p dir="ltr">He later took to Instagram to explain it was due to testing positive to the virus.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height:281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7846722/kyrgios1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/494a067db51a4703871a3433b9e5a568" /></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: @k1ngkyrg1os (Instagram)</em></p> <p dir="ltr">“Hey everyone, I just want to be open and transparent with everyone,” he wrote.</p> <p dir="ltr">“The reason I have had to pull out of Sydney is because I tested positive for Covid. I am feeling healthy at the moment with no symptoms.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I wish everyone all the best and to stay safe where you can.</p> <p dir="ltr">“If all goes well I will see you all at The Australian Open.”</p> <p dir="ltr">The 26-year-old’s late withdrawal comes after he missed the Melbourne Summer Set last week due to asthma.</p> <p dir="ltr">As Kyrgios is currently in NSW, he will be expected to isolate for seven days.</p> <p dir="ltr">With the Australian Open due to start in Melbourne on Monday, January 17, Kyrgios’ isolation period casts doubt on whether he can make it on time and compete, let alone whether he develops any symptoms.</p> <p dir="ltr">Despite his huge announcement, Kyrgios has been overshadowed by the ongoing drama surrounding Novak Djokovic - who may still be forced to leave Australia by the Immigration Minister.</p> <p dir="ltr"><a rel="noopener" href="https://freewestmedia.com/2022/01/10/three-players-drop-out-of-australian-open-with-chest-issues-while-djokovic-awaits-his-fate/" target="_blank">Several other players</a><span> </span>due to play at the Australian Open have also withdrawn due to breathing issues, including Georgian player Nikoloz Basilashvili, who told his team that “every shot I’m out of breath”.</p> <p dir="ltr">Dalila Jakupovic was also forced to retire after dropping to the ground during her match.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I was really scared that I would collapse,” she told<span> </span><em>The West Australian</em>. “That’s why I went onto the floor because I couldn’t walk anymore.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I don’t have asthma and never had breathing problems. But the points were a bit longer and I just couldn’t breathe anymore and I just fell on the floor.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Though organisers of the Australian Open haved blamed poor “<a rel="noopener" href="https://www.ubitennis.net/2020/01/players-suffer-coughing-fits-breathing-difficulties-australian-open-qualifying/" target="_blank">air quality</a>” for the select players’ struggles, Melbourne’s air quality is<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/air-pollution" target="_blank">ranked</a><span> </span>as “good” by international standards.</p> <p><em>Image: Getty Images</em></p>

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