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Shapovalov accused the referee of favoring Nadal

AustraliaDenis Shapovalov was upset because Rafael Nadal was not penalized for prolonging the time between the balls, in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open on the afternoon of January 25.

After losing the first set 3-6, Shapovalov delivered the first game of the second set. He got into position and was about to toss the ball but Nadal turned back to the back of the court. The 25-second limit for Shapovalov was running out and the Canadian tennis player approached referee Carlos Bernandes to complain.

Nadal and Shapovalov talked at the beginning of the second set, which the Canadian player lost 4-6 4-6. Photo: Fox

“The clock is running long, but he’s still not ready for the ball,” Shapovalov told referee Bernandes. “You need to punish him.”

The referee replied: “He didn’t play because you came towards me to talk”. Shapovalov said, “You are all spoiled.” The Canadian tennis player then requested punishment for the 36-year-old senior. “For what?”, Mr. Bernandes asked and said there was no reason to penalize Nadal.

In the next game, Shapovalov continued to show his disappointment because his senior took a long time to prepare for the serve. With a few seconds left on Nadal’s serve timer, Shapovalov put his hands on his hands and shook his head at the referee. Mr. Bernandes stopped the match and asked the 22-year-old talent: “What are you doing? He still has eight seconds and you look at me. Why are you looking at me? What do you want? You have to play. We have a stopwatch. “. The two tennis players then went up to the net to talk. Nadal seems to be trying to appease the anger of his juniors.

Shapovalov accused the referee of favoring Nadal

During the post-match press conference, Shapovalov apologized for using the word “spoiled” to refer to the referee and Nadal, but believed he was being treated unfairly. When a reporter asked if Nadal was favored for being a famous name, Shapovalov replied: “Yes. 100% of it is.”

Nadal has a different view of juniors. He said in a press conference: “I don’t think I’m treated any differently than the rest of the players, when we’re on the court together. Shapovalov got it wrong. He’s young, it’s hard to accept defeat after five sets. like this. I respect Mr. Bernandes, but I get no favors.”

The 25-second shot clock limit was introduced at the 2018 US Open, which Nadal opposed when the rule was passed by the ATP Tour. The 20 Grand Slam owner belongs to the group of players who spend the most time serving the ATP.

Nadal won Shapovalov in the first two sets, but lost the next two sets. At the end of the fourth set, the Spaniard asked the referee to enter the dressing room. He spent a few minutes in it, then returned to the field and won the set 6-3, closing a game that was over four hours long.

In the semi-finals, Nadal faced Matteo Berrettini, who also took five sets to beat 17th seed Gael Monfils. The remaining two quarter-finals will take place on January 26, Jannik Sinner vs Stefanos Tsitsipas and Daniil Medvedev vs Felix Auger-Aliassime.

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Alizé Cornet: round of 16 as a birthday present in Australia

This January 22, the French Alizé Cornet has just been offered a nice birthday present for her 32 years: a qualification for the round of 16 of the Australian Open. Giving, however, is not the right word. The one that is ranked 61and world player had to mobilize all her energy to reverse a very compromised situation against the Slovenian Tamara Zidansek, 29th world player.

The Frenchwoman had indeed lost the first set 4-6, trailed 4-1 in the second, before reversing the course of the match to finally win 4-6, 6-4, 6-2. “It was survival! I didn’t miss the Melbourne heat”, exclaimed Alizé Cornet, radiant after her victory. “I couldn’t find a solution in the first set, but I kept fighting and it’s magic to have won”, she commented before adding: “Thirteen years after my first round of 16 at the Australian Open, I’m back! »

Three Consecutive Eliminations

The French can be all the more satisfied that she remained on three consecutive eliminations in the 2nd round in Melbourne where she had not reached 8ands final than in 2009. Monday, January 24, she will try to qualify for the quarter-finals by facing the Romanian Simona Halep, ranked 15and world player.

At 32, Alizé Cornet is participating in Australia in her 60and consecutive Grand Slam tournament. She has already reached 8ands finals in each of the four major tournaments but has never played in a quarter.

A set against Tsitsipas

That same day, the fate was not so favorable to his compatriot Benoît Paire, eliminated in the third round of the Australian Open against the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, 4and global. However, the Frenchman managed to take a set from the Greek before finally losing 6-3, 7-5, 6-7 (2/7), 6-4.

“Benoît is one of the most difficult players to beat because he has a lot of talent and he feels tennis very well. So I’m really happy.”, greeted Stefanos Tsitsipas, semi-finalist last year in Melbourne.


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Osaka becomes a former Australian Open champion

AustraliaDefending champion Naomi Osaka missed two match-points, before losing against American opponent Amanda Anisimova 6-4, 3-6, 6-7 on January 21.

Osaka did not show bravery at the crucial moment, and Anisimova played the best match of her career when she saved two match-points in the game 10 sets of three. At the time of being 4-5 behind, the 20-year-old player could not maintain the feeling of holding the serve, but was still mentally strong when he was close to failure. She equalized 5-5 after a tug-of-war game, then pulled her senior into the tie-break series.

Osaka started the season by reaching the semi-finals of the Melbourne Summer Set but was unable to progress deep at the Australian Open. Photo: WTA

Missing two match-points caused Osaka to lose her rhythm in the brainstorming series. The Japanese player lost the first serve, went 0-3 and could not equalize for the rest of the tie-break. A 5-10 defeat in this series caused the defending champion to stop early in the tournament she won twice in 2019 and 2021.

Anisimova showed high form from the beginning of the season. She won the Melbourne Summer Set warm-up, then defeated Olympic champion Belinda Bencic in the second round of the Australian Open. In 2019, Anisimova once reached 21st WTA thanks to reaching the semifinals of Roland Garros. The American tennis player’s next opponent in the fourth round of the Australian Open is number one seed Ashleigh Barty.

“I just enjoy my tennis,” Anisimova said after the match. “I knew she was very strong and was looking to put pressure on the returns. We played well, everyone deserved to win when the game entered the decisive tie-break set.”

Osaka did not play much in the second half of the 2021 season due to poor mental health. She dropped out of Wimbledon, lost early at the Tokyo Olympics and stopped in the third round of the US Open. The defeat at the hands of Anisimova caused Osaka to be deducted 1,760 points and likely to fall out of the top 80 in the world, although she is currently ranked 14th.

Seven of the top 15 seeds in women’s singles were eliminated. In addition to Osaka, the other seed to be eliminated was Elina Svitolina, with a loss at the hands of veteran Victoria Azarenka.

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Tennis: Novak Djokovic loses appeal and leaves Australia

The decision definitively buries Novak Djokovic’s hopes of winning a record 21st Grand Slam title at the Australian Open which begins on Monday January 17. The Australian Federal Court on Sunday rejected the appeal of the 34-year-old Serbian tennis player against his expulsion from the country, ordered by the government which considered that the world number one, not vaccinated against Covid-19, represented a “health risk”.

→ CONTEXT. Novak Djokovic returned to detention in Australia

At midday, Novak Djokovic left Melbourne on a flight to Dubai. “Extremely disappointed” by the Court’s decision on his expulsion, he had a few hours earlier said in a statement that he respected the verdict and was preparing to leave the country.

“Civil Unrest”

Allowed to leave the detention center where he was placed on Saturday, Novak Djokovic followed the hearing online, which lasted four hours, from the offices of his lawyers in Melbourne.

In his conclusions filed on Saturday before the Court, the Minister of Immigration Alex Hawke had maintained that the presence of Novak Djokovic in the country was “likely to represent a health risk”. According to him, she encouraged “anti-vaccination sentiment” and could deter Australians from getting their booster shots, as the Omicron variant spreads rapidly across the country. The presence in Australia of the champion could even “lead to an upsurge in civil unrest”, added the minister.

→ READ. Antivax, esotericism and mysterious pyramid: Novak Djokovic, follower of pseudosciences

Although he had described the risk of the player himself infecting Australians as “negligible”, the Minister had estimated that his “contempt” Passing health rules against Covid was a bad example.

Sufficient evidence

Sunday before the Court, the tennis player’s lawyers described the detention of their client and his possible expulsion as“illogical”, “irrational” and “unreasonable”.

The government “don’t know what Novak Djokovic’s opinions are at the moment”, pleaded lawyer Nick Wood, saying that his client has never publicly supported the anti-vaccination movement.

Government lawyer Stephen Lloyd responded that the champion’s failure to be vaccinated nearly two years into the pandemic and his repeated disregard of health rules, including failing to isolate when he knew he was infected, constituted sufficient proof of his position.

This twisty soap opera took place in a country whose inhabitants have endured for almost two years some of the strictest anti-Covid restrictions in the world, and where elections are scheduled for May. Hence a charged political context. Pressure had intensified in recent days around Conservative Prime Minister Scott Morrison, accused of“incompetence” by the Labor opposition.

“A loss for tennis”

The Australian government thus welcomed its legal victory on Sunday. ‘Australia’s strong border protection policy has kept us safe during the pandemic’, Immigration Minister Alex Hawke said in a statement. “Australians have made great sacrifices to get here and the Morrison government is firmly committed to protecting this position” he added.

→ ANALYSIS. The Djokovic case raises the question of the vaccination status of athletes

In Serbia, where Novak Djokovic is revered and considered a national hero, Australia’s decision unsurprisingly went down badly. “They humiliated themselves, Djokovic can return to his country with his head held high and look everyone straight in the eye”, President Aleksandar Vucic got carried away about the Australian leaders.

The ATP, which manages the men’s professional circuit, estimated for its part that the decision of the Australian justice “put an end to a series of deeply regrettable events”. “Judicial decisions on public health issues must be respected”, she added, recalling that she “continues to strongly recommend vaccination to all players”. Before recalling that Djokovic “is one of the greatest champions in our sport and his absence from the Australian Open is a loss for tennis”.


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Djokovic leaves Australia

AustraliaA few hours after the court’s ruling, world number one tennis player Novak Djokovic boarded a plane to Dubai.

Djokovic (second from left) arrived at Melbourne airport on the afternoon of January 16 to leave Australia. Photo: Reuters

Djokovic, dressed all in black, accompanied a group of assistants to the airport in Melbourne. The Serbian tennis player will fly Emirates to Dubai – where he lives before applying for entry to Australia.

This is the end of the noisy affair that has lasted for the past 10 days, starting when Djokovic had his visa canceled for the first time at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport on the night of January 5. In a hearing five days later, the Judge asked the Australian Government to return Djokovic’s visa because the Border Force did not follow the procedure. The world number one was then freed, spending three days training at the Rod Laver Arena.

However, on the afternoon of January 15, Immigration Minister Alex Hawke used his personal power to cancel Djokovic’s visa again. This afternoon, a court hearing was opened on the appeal of Djokovic. This time there are three judges. According to the final ruling, Chief Justice James Allsop announced that upholding Minister Hawke’s decision would mean Djokovic’s expulsion from Australia.

Djokovic’s lawyers asked for more time to appeal and consider next actions. However, Chief Justice Allsop, acting on behalf of the other two Justices, believes that any further request for the case is unnecessary.

Minutes after losing the lawsuit, Djokovic wrote on the page Instagram: “I am extremely disappointed with the Court’s decision that has just been issued, rejecting my application to review the decision to cancel my visa from the Immigration Minister. This means I cannot stay in Australia to compete. But , I respect the Court’s decision and will cooperate with the authorities regarding my departure from the country.”

It is not clear if the 34-year-old star will be banned from entering Australia for three years.

He has attended the Australian Open for 17 consecutive years, setting a record of winning all nine finals, including the last three. He currently holds the record of 20 Grand Slams with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

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Novak Djokovic returned to detention in Australia

The soap opera of the participation of the Serbian tennis player in the Australian Open continues, Saturday, January 15, with his return to administrative detention in the Melbourne hotel used by the government to retain people in an irregular situation. He had been placed there previously before being released on Monday, January 10.

In his pleadings filed in court on Saturday, Immigration Minister Alex Hawke argued that Novak Djokovic’s presence in the country was “likely to pose a health risk to the Australian community”. According to him, the position of the player could encourage “anti-vaccination sentiment” and dissuade Australians from getting their booster shots, or even “lead to an upsurge in civil unrest “.

A bad example for Australians

The minister thus canceled Djokovic’s visa for the second time on Friday, January 14, by virtue of his discretionary power, invoking “ health and public order reasons », and considering that the « contempt Djokovic’s past with regard to health rules against the Covid was a bad example.

The Australian government launched deportation proceedings against the Serbian star earlier this week, which were unsuccessful after a judge blocked Djokovic’s deportation, reinstated his visa and ordered his immediate release.

Two days before the opening of the Australian Open, the participation of the Serb, who was to face his compatriot Miomir Kekmanovic on Monday in the first round, now seems unlikely.

Rafael Nadal annoyed

Novak Djokovic had been blocked on his arrival in Australia on January 5 and placed in administrative detention for the first time. The player, who contracted Covid-19 in December, hoped to be granted an exemption to enter the country without being vaccinated, which was not accepted by the authorities. This twisty soap opera takes place in a country whose inhabitants have endured some of the strictest health restrictions in the world for almost two years, and where elections are scheduled for May.

The Djokovic case is also followed assiduously in Serbia where “Nole is considered a national hero. On Friday, President Aleksandar Vucic accused Australia of “to mistreat “.

The other players preparing for the tournament no longer hide their annoyance and weariness. “The Australian Open is more important than any player” And this “will be a great Australian Open with or without him”, declared the Spaniard Rafael Nadal, one of the three superstars of world tennis, alongside Djokovic and the Swiss Roger Federer.


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Djokovic gives the first advantage before the hearing

AustraliaThe Federal Supreme Court of Australia has decided that the January 16 trial on Novak Djokovic’s visa will have three judges, instead of one.

At 6:55 pm on January 15, Melbourne time, Judge David O’Callaghan said Djokovic’s hearing will be attended by him, Judge Anthony Besanko and Chief Justice James Allsop. Judge O’Callaghan had previously presided over a hearing on the morning of January 15, in which the parties argued whether the case should be heard by one or three Judges. Djokovic’s lawyer wants three judges, while the Australian government believes that only one is needed.

Djokovic is the number one seed at the 2022 Australian Open, scheduled to play on Monday, January 17. Photo: The Age

According to Australian media, when the trial has three judges, the minister cannot appeal the final decision of the court. If he wins this hearing, Djokovic will be able to play at the Australian Open. But, newspaper The Age stressed that the Minister’s decision to use his personal power is rarely overturned in court. Immigration Minister Alex Hawke revoked Djokovic’s visa for the second time on the afternoon of January 14, citing the Serbian tennis player’s presence at the Australian Open “threatening the safety and order of the community”.

Mr. Hawke gave evidence that is considered certain, when he emphasized that the owner of 9 Australian Open titles still attends community activities in Serbia despite being infected with Covid-19. “Mr. Djokovic is a man who has a great influence on the majority. His disregard for the law can destabilize Australian society, where groups of people exist in the name of freedom to infringe on public health. “, The Age disclosed part of a document Hawke’s attorney submitted to the court. According to this newspaper, Minister Hawke has not used another “weapon”, which is evidence that Djokovic perjured when he entered Melbourne on January 5.

Djokovic was taken to the original detention place, the Park Hotel on the afternoon of January 15. He stayed here for one night, before attending the hearing at 9:30 on January 16, Melbourne time. The trial will be streamed online, with pre-presentations by Djokovic’s defense attorneys.

According to former Australian Open CEO Paul McNamee, Djokovic was the victim of a “witch hunt”. He wrote in the newspaper Sydney Morning Herald: “Novak Djokovic is an easy target for the Australian Government because he has not been vaccinated and is a public figure. People used to worry that Novak was getting special treatment because he was the number one tennis player. But the reality is the opposite. It’s only because of ‘mass influence’ that he faces deportation.”

According to the newspaper Sports Club of Serbia, Tennis Australia not only approved medical exemption for Djokovic and two other players, but also special entry for coach Filip Serdarusic – Croatian coach and brother of tennis player Nino Serdarusic. Serdarusic said he boarded a flight chartered by Tennis Australia, and entered the country with the reason of having Covid-19 in October 2021.

“The Australian Border Force officer looked at the file and said I could be quarantined for 14 days because I hadn’t been vaccinated,” Serdarusic said. “But then she called the boss. The boss came over to see the documents, took pictures of them and said I could enter the country without quarantine. Half a month later Djokovic came and they called me at 10 pm to let me know. I returned the medical waiver. I decided to pack up and leave Australia because I’m not as good at fighting as Djokovic.”

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Tennis: Australia cancels Novak Djokovic’s visa again

The Australian visa of tennis world number one Novak Djokovic, who entered the country without being vaccinated against Covid-19, has been canceled for the second time, announced Friday January 14 the Minister of Immigration, Alex Hawke. This decision was made “on health and public order grounds”, the minister said in a statement. The Australian government “is strongly committed to protecting Australia’s borders, especially in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic”, he added.

→ READ. Antivax, esotericism and mysterious pyramid: Novak Djokovic, follower of pseudo-sciences

This second visa cancellation implies that the Serbian player, who was aiming for a record 21st Grand Slam title at the Australian Open which begins on Monday January 17, will be banned from entering the country for three years, except in certain circumstances.

Australian authorities also intend to order the return of the world number one in detention as of Saturday morning, government lawyer Stephen Lloyd announced on Friday. The government wants the Serb to be released from detention only to attend, in the offices of his lawyers and under the supervision of border police officers, the online court hearings concerning his case, the lawyer said .

Djokovic will not be expelled from Australia until justice has been finally pronounced, had previously assured Stephen Lloyd during a hearing before a judge in Melbourne. This Victorian judge, Anthony Kelly, announced on Friday that he was relinquishing responsibility in favor of Australian federal justice, despite the objections of the player’s lawyers who said they feared a slowdown in the procedure.

Novak Djokovic was training for the tournament

The 34-year-old’s visa had already been canceled for the first time on January 5 when he arrived in Melbourne, and Novak Djokovic was then placed in a detention center for deportation.

→ REREAD. The Djokovic case raises the question of the vaccination status of athletes

The tennis player’s lawyers had however won a resounding victory on January 10, obtaining from a judge that he restore his visa and order his immediate release. Since then, Novak Djokovic has been training for the tournament, and was due to face his compatriot Miomir Kecmanovic, 78, in the first round.and world player.

But the Minister of Immigration retained the possibility of canceling the visa again under his discretionary power.



Antivax, esotericism and mysterious pyramid: Novak Djokovic, follower of pseudosciences

The standoff continues between Novak Djokovic and Australian justice. The tennis player, unvaccinated, admitted Wednesday, January 12 in an Instagram post to have committed “Errors” after testing positive for Covid-19 on December 16.

The world number one did not consider it necessary to postpone a meeting with journalists from the daily The team two days later. “I felt compelled to continue and to do the L’Équipe interview because I didn’t want to let the journalist down”, he justified himself.

→ EXPLANATION. Novak Djokovic, vaccination and Australia: the reasons for a diplomatic incident

Novak Djokovic also pleaded “Human error” for having incorrectly completed the entry form to Australia. The player certifies not to have traveled in the 14 days preceding his arrival in the Antipodes. A period during which he nevertheless found himself in Serbia and then in Spain.

This false declaration earned him the cancellation of his visa, obtained thanks to a medical exemption allowing him to participate without being vaccinated at the Australian Open from January 17 to 30. This cancellation had itself been revoked by the Australian justice on Monday January 10.

Vaccine skepticism

Behind this politico-judicial imbroglio, there is the vagueness that has long surrounded the vaccination status of Novak Djokovic. The world number one has never hidden his skepticism towards vaccination.Personally, I am opposed to vaccination and I would not want to be forced by someone to have a vaccine in order to be able to travel ”, he said in April 2020 on Facebook.

→ ANALYSIS. The Djokovic case raises the question of the vaccination status of athletes

The Serbian champion is also known for his controversial positions vis-à-vis science. Adept of a gluten-free diet – a diet he defends in his book Winning service. Gluten-free food for perfect physical and mental health -, the 34-year-old player has never hidden his attraction for alternative medicines and pseudosciences.

In spring 2020, Novak Djokovic for example hosted a live Instagram with Chervin Jafarieh, well-being guru and boss of the food supplement brand Cymbiotika. The Serbian player said: I have seen people and I know people who through energetic transformation, the power of prayer, the power of gratitude, manage to transform the most toxic foods and the most polluted water into the most purifying. “

Novak Djokovic thus echoed the theory of Masaru Emoto, doctor of alternative medicine, according to which thought can have an impact on the structure of water. A theory more than controversial and which has never been validated by the scientific community. The champion and his wife Jelena are also followers of the Steiner-Waldorf pedagogy, named after the Austrian author Rudolf Steiner, theorist of anthroposophy. This esoteric ideology mixes concepts from different religions and considers that the world is moved by spiritual forces.

Esoteric pilgrimages

The pilgrimages of the Serbian in the small town of Visoko in Serbia are also talking. In 2005, Semir Osmanagic, a Serbian businessman, claims that the hill overlooking the village is actually a pyramid built by a technologically superior civilization. Novak Djokovic is going there in 2020 and says he felt “Regenerated”. Since then, tourism has exploded in the village, to the delight of Semir Osmanagic.

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Convinced that his beliefs play a role in his many successes, the player with twenty major titles is not yet out of the woods. The Australian immigration minister can still cancel his visa permanently, preventing him from taking part in the first Grand Slam tournament of the season.



Tennis: an Australian judge orders the release of Novak Djokovic

Judge Anthony Kelly ended several days of legal battle by ordering on Monday January 10 the immediate release of Novak Djokovic, who, wishing to enter Australia without being vaccinated against Covid-19, has been held since his arrival in a center for migrants in Melbourne.

Christopher Tran, a government lawyer, warned, however, that Canberra could still decide to expel Novak Djokovic from the country, which would result in him being barred from entering Australia for three years.

→ EXPLANATION. Novak Djokovic, vaccination and Australia: the reasons for a diplomatic incident

The tennis player’s lawyers were trying to convince the federal court that the Serbian champion had contracted the Covid in December, which would exempt him from a compulsory vaccination to enter the territory. “What more could this man have done?” “, admitted during the hearing followed online by AFP the judge, who considered that Djokovic provided evidence, emanating from “Of a professor and an eminently qualified doctor” regarding his request for a medical exemption.

The “completely confused” player

The hearing opened late after a computer problem due to too many connections to attend its online retransmission, finally shared on YouTube in particular, despite a ban, by antivax. Djokovic, who did not speak at the hearing, finally obtained permission from the court to follow Monday’s proceedings from another, undisclosed location, before being forced to return to the detention center in the outcome of the hearings.

According to the sportsman’s lawyers, the player was “Completely confused”, when he was heard for several hours on the night of January 5 to 6 at Melbourne airport. They argued in particular that he was deprived of means of communication with his entourage during his interrogation. His lawyers say he tested positive for Covid-19 on December 16. However, he attended the next day in Belgrade, without a mask, a ceremony in honor of young Serbian players.

The Australian Open, where Djokovic aims to afford a 21st Grand Slam tournament that would place him at the top of tennis history ahead of his two historic rivals, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, begins in seven days and his participation depended entirely on Anthony Kelly’s decision.