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Wimbledon Bans Russian And Belarusian Players

Tennis.com reports: The likes of Daniil Medvedev, Aryna Sabalenka, Andrey Rublev, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Victoria Azarenka will not be permitted to compete at the All England Club this summer. It was confirmed late Wednesday afternoon that Wimbledon would become the first tennis tournament to ban Russian and Belarusian athletes from participating in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and Belarus …

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Anti-Vax Novak Djokovic To Miss Two US Tournaments

ESPN reports: Novak Djokovic withdrew Wednesday from the BNP Paribas Open on the eve of the event, saying he cannot travel to the United States because he is not vaccinated against COVID-19. Djokovic, the tournament’s No. 2 seed, cited regulations by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as the reason for his inability to play. The U.S. has …

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Djokovic To Skip Any Tournament That Requires Vax

The BBC reports: Novak Djokovic has said he would rather miss out on future tennis trophies than be forced to get a Covid vaccine. Speaking exclusively to the BBC, he said he should not be associated with the anti-vax movement, but supported an individual’s right to choose. Djokovic was asked if he would sacrifice taking part in competitions such as …

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Rafael Nadal Wins Australian Open, 21st Grand Slam

ESPN reports: Rafael Nadal made history in epic fashion Sunday at the Australian Open, rallying from two sets down in the final to beat Daniil Medvedev and win a men’s record 21st Grand Slam title. The Spanish southpaw had been in a three-way tie with Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic atop the all-time list for men’s major winners but now …

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Djokovic Owns 80% Of COVID Cure Search Pharma

Reuters reports: The pandemic has blocked Novak Djokovic’s march to tennis history, so the 34-year-old may be pinning his hopes on a cure for COVID to get his hands on another glorious grand slam before time runs out. The Serbian superstar, who became a focus of the global vaccine debate over his failed attempt to enter Australia without being inoculated, …

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Djokovic May Also Be Banned From The French Open

The Associated Press reports: Novak Djokovic arrived in his native Serbia on Monday after being deported from Australia because he was not vaccinated against COVID-19, ending his hopes of defending his Australian Open title. But even as one saga appeared to close, another opened as questions arose over whether he would be barred from the next Grand Slam tournament, the …

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Djokovic In Detention Again Ahead Of Final Appeal

The Washington Post reports: It was deja vu for Novak Djokovic on Saturday as the tennis star was detained for a second time by Australian authorities and placed back in the very same hotel he’d triumphantly left just this week. The strange scene of the world’s top-ranked men’s player again being escorted into a hotel housing asylum seekers came on …

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Australia Cancels Djokovic’s Visa For Second Time

NBC News reports: Novak Djokovic faces possible deportation from Australia after the country’s immigration minister canceled the unvaccinated tennis star’s visa for a second time on Friday, citing public health. It could end the Serb’s bid for a record 21st major title at the Australian Open tournament, which starts Monday. Djokovic’s lawyers moved swiftly to apply for an injunction that …

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Australian Open Lists Djokovic For Opening Round

NBC News reports: Australia’s prime minister said Thursday his government’s tough policy toward visitors who were not vaccinated for Covid-19 had not changed, as it nears a decision on whether to deport Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic. Despite the cloud hanging over Djokovic’s ability to compete, Australian Open organizers included the top seed in the draw. He is slated to …

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Djokovic Warned By Serbian PM, May Face Jail At Home

The Guardian reports: Novak Djokovic could face a fine or even prison in Serbia after his admission that he broke isolation while he had Covid last month, lawyers have said, as the Serbian prime minister warned his behaviour appeared to be “a clear breach” of the rules. Djokovic on Wednesday acknowledged that he knew he had tested positive when he …

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Djokovic Apologizes For Appearances While COVID+

Reuters reports: World tennis No. 1 and vaccine opponent Novak Djokovic blamed “human error” on Wednesday for a mistake in his Australian immigration paperwork and apologised for breaking isolation for a photoshoot when he had COVID-19 last month. Djokovic’s cause was not helped by a mistake in his Australian entry declaration where the “no” box was ticked saying he had …

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Djokovic Investigated For Lying On Travel Declaration

The Guardian reports: The Australian Border Force is investigating whether Novak Djokovic incorrectly declared he had not travelled and would not do so for two weeks before his flight to Australia, in the latest twist in the tennis star’s visa cancellation saga. Questions have been raised about the declaration completed by an agent for Djokovic, with social media posts seemingly …

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Australian Court Reinstates Nokak Djokovic’s Visa

CBS News reports: Tennis star Novak Djokovic on Monday won a court battle to stay in Australia to play in the Australian Open despite being unvaccinated against COVID-19, but the government threatened to cancel his visa a second time. Federal Circuit Court Judge Anthony Kelly reinstated Djokovic’s visa, which was canceled after his arrival last week because officials decided he …

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Australia To Djokovic: We Never Guaranteed Your Entry

Reuters reports: The Australian government had not given tennis star Novak Djokovic an assurance that a medical exemption that he said he had to enter Australia without a COVID-19 vaccination would be accepted, government lawyers said in a court filing on Sunday. The filing ahead of a court hearing on Monday was in defence of the government’s decision to bar …

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Djokovic To Australia: I’m Exempt, I Already Had COVID

The Insider reports: Tennis star Novak Djokovic had a vaccine exemption to enter Australia because he recently recovered from COVID-19, his lawyers said in court documents. The number one men’s tennis player’s visa was revoked on Wednesday when he arrived at Melbourne Airport to compete in the Australian Open. Australian border force officials said that Djokovic had “failed to provide …

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Novak Djokovic’s Father Leads Anti-Vax Rally In Serbia, Compares Him To Jesus Christ And Spartacus [VIDEO]

Australia’s News Corp outlet reports: Novak Djokovic is a victim of a “political witch hunt” claimed Serbian president Aleksandar Vucic as fans in Belgrade and family members rallied in support of the embattled tennis star after Australian authorities cancelled his entry visa. In the Serbian capital Belgrade, Djokovic’s father Srdjan led a demonstration alongside a few hundred others in front …

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Anti-Vax Tennis Star Ordered To Leave Australia

The Washington Post reports: Novak Djokovic, the world’s top-ranked men’s tennis player, had his visa canceled, per the Australian Border Force, after being detained for hours in the Melbourne airport upon landing in the country late Wednesday night. Tournament and state officials announced Tuesday that Djokovic had been granted a medical exemption from getting vaccinated against the coronavirus so that …

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Anti-Vax Novak Djokovic Denied Entry Into Australia

CBS Sports reports: Novak Djokovic has reportedly been denied entry into Australia ahead of the Australian Open. This comes after the tennis star was granted a medical exemption from tournament organizers to compete in the event, even though he is not vaccinated against COVID-19. All players and staff at the tournament must be vaccinated against COVID-19 or have an exemption …

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Anti-Vax Tennis Star May Miss Australian Open

Agence France-Presse reports: On Saturday Tennis Australia made it official that unvaccinated players will not be allowed to compete in January’s grand slam, posing some awkward questions for Novak Djokovic. The Serbian is a noted anti-vaxxer and is yet to reveal publicly whether he is vaccinated against Covid-19. Asked about the Australian Open’s vaccine mandate, Djokovic said: “We’ll see. We’ll …

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Reversal: US Open To Require Fans Show Vax Proof

ESPN reports: US Open spectators now must show proof of at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine to attend matches, a change made less than 72 hours before the tennis tournament starts. The US Tennis Association announced Friday that the New York City mayor’s office decided to require proof of vaccination to go into Arthur Ashe Stadium, the main …

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