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What now for Novak Djokovic?
What now for Novak Djokovic?

Novak Djokovic's deportation from Australia due to his coronavirus vaccine status may be the portent of worse things to come for the Serbian tennis superstar...

Gauff shocked by Wang at Australian Open as Keys beats 2020 champion Kenin
Gauff shocked by Wang at Australian Open as Keys beats 2020 champion Kenin

No 18 seed makes 38 unforced errors in first-round-defeatKeys beats No 11 seed Kenin in battle of AmericansVictories for Opelka, Paul and McDonald on men's side Coco Gauff: 'It's just learning when do I play my best tennis, and today wasn't the best tennis'. Photograph: Michael Errey/AFP/Getty Images China's Wang Qiang secured her first win over a top-20 player since beating Serena Williams at Melbourne Park in 2020 after upsetting 18th-seeded Coco Gauff 6-4, 6-2 at the Australian Open on Monday

John McEnroe embarks on bizarre pro-Novak Djokovic rant at Australian Open
John McEnroe embarks on bizarre pro-Novak Djokovic rant at Australian Open

John McEnroe launched into a bizarre rant about the Novak Djokovic deportation furore on Monday, hailing him for doing "whatever it takes" to win a record 21st grand slam and wrongly suggesting journalists invented the fact he broke coronavirus quarantine rules.

Former NBA great Yao Ming addresses Peng Shuai, Olympics
Former NBA great Yao Ming addresses Peng Shuai, Olympics

Former NBA great Yao Ming said Monday he and others had a pleasant talk when they met last month with Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai, whose disappearance after making a sexual assault allegation against a former government official raised international concern. Yao, who played for the Houston Rockets from 2002-11 and is now president of the Chinese Basketball Association, used stories and humor to deflect challenging questions at a news conference to promote the Beijing Winter Olympics, which open in 18 days.

Will Novak Djokovic play the French Open?
Will Novak Djokovic play the French Open?

It's not clear where Novak Djokovic will play next after being deported out of the Australian Open. He is the defending champion at the French Open.

Tennis star
Tennis star's deportation exposes Australian border debate

Weary after two years of some of the harshest COVID-19 border restrictions in the world, many Australians wanted tennis star Novak Djokovic kicked out of their country for traveling to a tennis tournament without being vaccinated. It also shines a light on Australia's complicated, and strongly criticized, immigration and border policies.

Australian Open: Coco Gauff, Sofia Kenin bounced after Novak Djokovic flies home
Australian Open: Coco Gauff, Sofia Kenin bounced after Novak Djokovic flies home

Coco Gauff and Sofia Kenin, the two highest-ranked Americans, were the two women's seeds eliminated on the opening day of the Australian Open.

'This is beautiful': Clinical Barty blitzes into second round

World number one Ashleigh Barty launched her bid for a maiden Australian Open title in emphatic fashion Monday, crushing qualifier Lesia Tsurenko in 54 minutes to send an ominous warning to her rivals.

Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic's French Open in doubt after sports minister U-turns on vaccine passes

Novak Djokovic's prospects of landing a 21st major title suffered another blow on Sunday night, when the French sports minister announced that vaccine passes would be required for visiting athletes at upcoming events.

Australian Open 2022 live: Day one updates including Barty, Zverev and Djokovic latest
Australian Open 2022 live: Day one updates including Barty, Zverev and Djokovic latest

Osaka and Nadal breeze into second round British No 1 Norrie crashes out in straight sets Home hope Ash Barty canters into second round 6-0 6-1 Oliver Brown: Australia's 'Orwellian' decision to deport Novak Djokovic leaves many uncomfortable questions

Djokovic out, but vaccine debate stays in Australian Open
Djokovic out, but vaccine debate stays in Australian Open

To some, it seemed a cloud had been lifted from the Australian Open. To others, Novak Djokovic still was almost palpably present, the name on everyone's lips on the opening day of the first major tennis tournament of the year. Djokovic left Australia late Sunday when he failed in his legal challenge to overturn the cancellation of his visa due to his lack of a COVID-19 vaccination.

British No 1 Cameron Norrie thrashed in first round of Australian Open by Sebastian Korda
British No 1 Cameron Norrie thrashed in first round of Australian Open by Sebastian Korda

Cameron Norrie's winless start to the season continued with a dispiriting loss to Sebastian Korda in the first round of the Australian Open.

Osaka overcomes stumble to make Australian Open second round
Osaka overcomes stumble to make Australian Open second round

A nervous Naomi Osaka opened the defence of her Australian Open title with a hard-fought 6-3, 6-3 win against Colombia's Camila Osorio, but stumbled mid-match after winning the first five games.

Elliott: Australian Open doesn
Elliott: Australian Open doesn't need Novak Djokovic to put on an intriguing show

The Australian Open was great before Novak Djokovic, and the Grand Slam doesn't need the unvaccinated star to prove its place in the tennis world.

Australian Open starts hours after Djokovic
Australian Open starts hours after Djokovic's deportation

The Australian Open started Monday without nine-time champion Novak Djokovic and, finally, the focus was on forehands and backhands instead of his fight to avoid deportation because he isn't vaccinated against COVID-19. Fifth-seeded Maria Sakkari started the program on the main court at Melbourne Park with a 6-4, 7-6 (2) win over Tatjana Maria, with defending champion Naomi Osaka due next in Rod Laver Arena. In two early results on Day 1 of the first major tennis tournament of 2022, Tokyo Olympics gold medalist Belinda Bencic beat Kristina Mladenovic 6-4, 6-3, and 15th-seeded Elina Svitolina got past Fiona Ferro 6-1, 7-6 (4).

Djokovic arrives in Dubai after deportation from Australia
Djokovic arrives in Dubai after deportation from Australia

Novak Djokovic arrived early Monday in Dubai after his deportation from Australia over its required COVID-19 vaccination ended the No. 1-ranked men's tennis player's hopes of defending his Australian Open title. The Emirates plane carrying Djokovic touched down after a 13 1/2-hour flight from Melbourne, where he had argued in court he should be allowed to stay in the country and compete in the tournament under a medical exemption due to a coronavirus infection last month. At Dubai International Airport, arriving passengers wearing mandatory face masks collected their bags and walked out of the cavernous terminal.

Australian Open begins after Djokovic saga
Australian Open begins after Djokovic saga

The Australian Open finally began at Melbourne Park on Monday after a chaotic and controversial build-up dominated by the visa saga that engulfed world number one Novak Djokovic.

Andy Murray: Reaction to 2019 Australian Open drama made me want to continue career
Andy Murray: Reaction to 2019 Australian Open drama made me want to continue career

Whether we are talking bushfires or banishments, every Australian Open has its own unexpected drama. Back in 2019, the big story was Andy Murray and his wobbling bottom lip.

Tennis Australia
Tennis Australia's New Venture Capital Arm Follows NFL's Lead

As the Australian Open begins, SwingVision, a real time video analysis tool, will be replaying some of the tournament's best matches and highlighting its most unforgettable moments thanks to an AI technology created by a former Tesla engineer. SwingVision's courtside presence isn't an accident. The company is the first investment of Wildcard Ventures, the venture […]

Australian Open Women
Australian Open Women's Draw Offers Promise of Breakthrough Winner

Sportico is proud to partner with The Harvard Sports Analysis Collective, a student-run organization dedicated to the quantitative analysis of sports strategy and management. Unlike the men's side, which has seen only three unique champions in the last decade at the Australian Open, the women's tour has had eight different players raise trophies in Melbourne. Likewise, of […]

With Djokovic Out, Australian Open Invites a New Men
With Djokovic Out, Australian Open Invites a New Men's Champ

Sportico is proud to partner with The Harvard Sports Analysis Collective, a student-run organization dedicated to the quantitative analysis of sports strategy and management. The Australian Open, ensconced in turmoil and controversy over Novak Djokovic's immigration status, still promises to be one for the history books with many competing storylines. Djokovic, deported after the country canceled his […]

Players rally around
Players rally around 'legend' Novak Djokovic as security set to be tightened for Australian Open

The tennis world rallied around Novak Djokovic on Sunday following his extraordinary deportation from Australia which came just hours before launching his attempt to become the most successful men's player in history.

Without Novak Djokovic, 2022 Australian Open offers a great chance for
Without Novak Djokovic, 2022 Australian Open offers a great chance for 'Next Gen' to prove they can compete

Last year's US Open signalled a changing of the guard in tennis, and not only because of Emma Raducanu's shock victory. It was also the first major won by one of the 'Next Gen' of male players.

Djokovic Deported on Eve of Australian Open, Flies to Dubai
Djokovic Deported on Eve of Australian Open, Flies to Dubai

The No. 1 men's tennis player and defending Australian Open champion won't be appearing in this year's Open, which will begin on Monday. Novak Djokovic, whose visa to enter Australia was twice canceled over an 11-day stretch, lost his appeal to the Federal Court on Sunday. He complied by flying to Dubai. In a statement, […]

Opinion: Naomi Osaka
Opinion: Naomi Osaka's 'optimistic' return to tennis has been overshadowed by Djokovic drama

There's some irony in Naomi Osaka's return to tennis being overshadowed by Novak Djokovic's off-court deportation drama at the Australian Open.

Analysis: Novak Djokovic
Analysis: Novak Djokovic's legal loss is loss for Open, fans

Novak Djokovic's loss in a court of law is also a loss for the Australian Open, a loss for tennis fans and a loss for the sport as a whole. Setting aside, for a moment, everything that led to his deportation from Australia on Sunday - a fundamentally hard-to-fathom reason for any athlete to be forced to sit out any event - who wouldn't want to see the player who dominated men's Grand Slam tennis in 2021 competing for what would be a historic title to begin 2022? Unaccustomed to defeats on a big stage, especially lately, he could have pursued his 10th trophy at Melbourne Park, which would break his own record, and his 21st overall from all major championships, which would break the men's...

Novak Djokovic faces deportation, out of Australian Open
Novak Djokovic faces deportation, out of Australian Open

Novak Djokovic's hopes of playing at the Australian Open were dashed after a court dismissed the tennis star's appeal against a deportation order.

What next for Novak Djokovic - and how will Australia deportation mess affect his legacy?
What next for Novak Djokovic - and how will Australia deportation mess affect his legacy?

Normally, in tennis, you have to miss more than just a couple of shots to be eliminated from a tournament. Yet while Novak Djokovic may have dodged the needle, he can't stop getting in his own way.

Murray hopes for no repeat of Djokovic saga
Murray hopes for no repeat of Djokovic saga 'mess'

Andy Murray hopes the "mess" which has resulted in tennis world number one Novak Djokovic being told he is to be deported from Australia ahead of the Australian Open will not be repeated.

Five men to watch at the Australian Open
Five men to watch at the Australian Open

The absence of nine-time champion Novak Djokovic, deported in humiliation after a visa saga and courtroom drama, leaves the Australian Open men's draw wide open.

Novak Djokovic vs Australia: a story of trashed reputations
Novak Djokovic vs Australia: a story of trashed reputations

Novak Djokovic has lost his judicial review against the cancellation of his visa and is being deported from Australia.

TIMELINE: Djokovic
TIMELINE: Djokovic's failed bid to play in Australian Open

Novak Djokovic's attempt to play in the Australian Open despite being unvaccinated against COVID-19 came to an end when a court upheld a government minister's rejection of his visa. The unanimous ruling from three Federal Court judges in Melbourne on Sunday came the day before Djokovic was scheduled to begin his title defense at a Grand Slam tournament he's won a record nine times. The Australian government twice canceled a visa held by the 34-year-old from Serbia and Djokovic's lawyers appealed twice.

Djokovic bid for tennis history over for now - and perhaps forever
Djokovic bid for tennis history over for now - and perhaps forever

Novak Djokovic has never hidden his craving to be remembered as the greatest men's tennis player of all time, but his chance to make Grand Slam history is over for now -- and perhaps indefinitely.

Novak Djokovic - brooding, divisive tennis great with fiery temper
Novak Djokovic - brooding, divisive tennis great with fiery temper

Novak Djokovic grew up with NATO bombs raining down on Serbia but emerged to become one of the greatest tennis players of all time.

AUSTRALIAN OPEN:  No Djokovic; Nadal, Barty in action Monday
AUSTRALIAN OPEN: No Djokovic; Nadal, Barty in action Monday

There are separate day and night sessions with the featured matches played at the main 15,000-seat Rod Laver Arena and the 7,500-seat Margaret Court Arena. The women's singles final is Jan. 29 and the men's singles final is Jan. 30; both are scheduled to begin at about 7:30 p.m. local time in Melbourne (3:30 a.m. EST in the U.S.). With COVID-19 cases increasing by the tens of thousands each day in Melbourne and the rest of Victoria, state government officials late last week placed a cap of 50% attendance, and all fans must be double vaccinated and show proof.

Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic 'extremely disappointed' after Australian court rejects appeal and confirms his deportation

Novak Djokovic is to be deported from Australia and will not compete in the Australian Open after a Federal court rejected his appeal on Sunday evening, local time.

Djokovic given Australian Open night opener if he wins legal fight
Djokovic given Australian Open night opener if he wins legal fight

Novak Djokovic was listed for a night match on Monday to open his Australian Open title defence, as he awaited a court decision on his appeal against deportation.

Djokovic on Australian Open
Djokovic on Australian Open's Day 1 program, pending appeal

Novak Djokovic was scheduled to play his first-round Australian Open match on Monday night on a Day 1 program announced while he was still in legal limbo. A court hearing for the defending and nine-time Australian Open champion's appeal against deportation ended Sunday afternoon. The Australian government on Friday canceled Djokovic's visa due to issues surrounding his stance against COVID-19 vaccination.

Barty time? Number one hot favourite to win Australian Open
Barty time? Number one hot favourite to win Australian Open

Ashleigh Barty is hot favourite to win her home Australian Open for the first time when it begins on Monday, but even with Serena Williams absent the world number one faces threats from all angles.

Djokovic back in court to fight deportation from Australia
Djokovic back in court to fight deportation from Australia

Novak Djokovic returned to court on Sunday to fight an attempt to deport him. Three Federal Court judges hope to hear the entire case in a single day.

Novak Djokovic detained again, fights deportation before Australian Open
Novak Djokovic detained again, fights deportation before Australian Open

Novak Djokovic was back in immigration detention Saturday after his legal challenge to avoid being deported from Australia was moved to higher court.

Adelaide local Kokkinakis wins his first ATP title
Adelaide local Kokkinakis wins his first ATP title

Home favourite Thanasi Kokkinakis claimed the first ATP title of his career Saturday after downing fellow big-server Arthur Rinderknech in three sets at the Adelaide International final.

Australian Open and Djokovic - where the Grand Slam stands
Australian Open and Djokovic - where the Grand Slam stands

Novak Djokovic's hopes of defending his Australian Open title are in severe doubt after he was detained again in Melbourne on Saturday, just two days before the start of the Grand Slam.

Emma Raducanu:
Emma Raducanu: 'Pressure? No - I'm just happy to be at the Australian Open and to have a swing'

Britain's tennis darling Emma Raducanu has no expectations of her Australian Open campaign, she says, but is "just happy to be here and have a swing".

Andy Murray vs Aslan Karatsev live: Score and latest updates from Sydney Tennis Classic final
Andy Murray vs Aslan Karatsev live: Score and latest updates from Sydney Tennis Classic final

Andy Murray facing top-seeded Aslan Karatsev in his first final since 2019 Scot could lift his 47th title on the ATP tour with victory at Sydney Tennis Classic

Australian Open will be just fine without Novak Djokovic, says Rafael Nadal
Australian Open will be just fine without Novak Djokovic, says Rafael Nadal

The Australian Open can get along perfectly well without Novak Djokovic, said the 20-time major champion Rafael Nadal, on a day when the world's leading players bemoaned the distractions caused by Djokovic's immigration battle.

Nadal, others on Djokovic saga:
Nadal, others on Djokovic saga: 'Bit tired of the situation'

Rafael Nadal's first Grand Slam match in more than seven months is on the horizon, he is coming back from a painful left foot problem that limited him to one tournament over the last half of last season and he got COVID-19 in December. Ah, yes, the run-up to this Australian Open has been, and seems destined to continue to be, all about Novak Djokovic and his hopes of defending the title at a vaccination-required competition while not being vaccinated against the coronavirus. "The Australian Open is much more important than any player," Nadal said.

Report: Djokovic back in immigration detention in Australia
Report: Djokovic back in immigration detention in Australia

Novak Djokovic was reported to be back in immigration detention Saturday after his legal challenge to avoid being deported from Australia for being unvaccinated for COVID-19 was moved to a higher court. A Federal Court hearing has been scheduled for Sunday, a day before the men's No. 1-ranked tennis player and nine-time Australian Open champion was due to begin his title defense at the first Grand Slam tennis tournament of the year. In television footage, Djokovic could be seen wearing a face mask in the back of a vehicle near an immigration detention hotel.

EXPLAINER: How Djokovic plans to fight deportation in court
EXPLAINER: How Djokovic plans to fight deportation in court

Novak Djokovic won his first legal round against Australian authorities who want to deport him. Djokovic won his court appeal this week against a border official's decision to cancel his visa. Immigration Minister Alex Hawke's intervention on Friday to cancel the visa a second time for what Djokovic's lawyers describe as "radically different" reasons pits Djokovic against Australian politics and the law.

Tennis great Evert reveals ovarian cancer diagnosis
Tennis great Evert reveals ovarian cancer diagnosis

Eighteen-time Grand Slam champion Chris Evert said Friday she has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, saying she decided to share the news in hopes of helping others.


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