Report from ⁦@theage⁩ on how Novak Djokovic’s visa recancellation in this new phase is not argued for on the basis of insufficient paperwork, but on the potential dangers of anti-vax ideologies gaining dangerous amplification by his presence.…
This obviously makes all the fretting over checking boxes and such moot, for now, and could fairly be seen as a pivot away from facts and toward feelings.

But this also may be strategically smart by a government with a goal of winning the Djokovic showdown…
Given immigration minister’s existing power to cancel any visa for discretionary reasons, citing reasons that are more based in ideology and concern for public order re: Djokovic could prove tougher to counter.

You can demonstrably refute a fact. Much harder to refute a feeling.

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16 Jan
Doing some digging into precedents, it seems clear that the Djokovic deportation is delaying the #AusOpen scheduling release considerably.

In both 2017 + 2018, the Day 1 OOP was released on Saturday evening; it's now Sunday afternoon.

This is holding the other players in limbo.
(Periodic and important reminder that Djokovic could have avoided all this rigamarole by simply getting vaccinated like 97%+ of his tennis player peers have.)
Hasn't really been discussed during this whole fiasco, but I have to think this entire debacle would severely undermine Djokovic's ability to be seen as a selfless, uniting leader for players under the PTPA movement. There's considerable resentment for him hijacking the event.
Read 6 tweets
15 Jan
Court is in session, with Novak Djokovic's case coming in front of a panel of three judges.

Watch here:

Whether or not you're on Novak Djokovic's side here, one thing is clear:

His arrival in Australia accelerated this country's courtroom streaming technology capabilities by *decades*.
Judge in his opening remarks says that this case easily reaches the relevance for this higher court because of framing:

"not the least of which the minister himself [said]...matters involved in the controversy go to the very preservation of life and health in the community."
Read 54 tweets
13 Jan
#AusOpen draw ceremony is in an hour.

Here's a brief rulebook thread on how it will work with seedings re: Djokovic, as his fate remains unknown.

If Djokovic pulls out of #AusOpen in short time left before the draw (very unlikely), #2 Daniil Medvedev would become #1 seed.
If Djokovic pulls out after #AusOpen draw but before Day 1 order of play is released, #5 Andrey Rublev would be moved to Line 1 of draw to take Djokovic's slot. #17 Gael Monfils would move onto Rublev's line, and Alexander Bublik would become #33 seed and move onto Monfils' line.
If Djokovic pulls out after the #AusOpen Day 1 order of play is released, he would be replaced on Line 1 of the draw by a lucky loser who loses in the final round of qualifying.
Read 4 tweets
12 Jan

In Instagram statement, Novak Djokovic says that he found out his positive PCR test after he went to the children’s award event but *before* he did a photoshoot and interview with L’Equipe.
Djokovic also added a bit on his Australian Travel Declaration misstatement, calling it a “human error and certainly not deliberate.”
L’Equipe has published an article on its interactions with Djokovic in Belgrade in December, when, according to Djokovic, he knew he was positive for coronavirus but they did not.

The article is in French and paywalled, but I will share some below:…
Read 7 tweets
11 Jan
Visit from the trainer on the first changeover of Bernard Tomic's match. He's taking his pulse before serving down break point. #AusOpen
^Tomic was taking his own pulse before serving, to be clear. He got broken.

Tomic was hyping up his return to #AusOpen competition quite a bit on social media, but this is rough going for him against in-form Roman Safiullin.
Not sure if Tomic is blaming his physical difficulties on potential Covid, but he just complained to the umpire during the changeover that #AusOpen is relying on rapid antigen tests rather than PCR tests.

Tomic trails Safiullin 1-6, 1-2.
Read 6 tweets
9 Jan
The Djokovic deportation appeal hearing is underway. I've gotten an (audio) pipeline in, but technical issues persist. Will do my best to keep folks up to date.

Opening arguments now from Djokovic's lawyer, who is focusing on fairness.
The Djokovic deportation appeal hearing stream is now working for me; good luck to the rest of you.
"You're going to have to drag yourself back to the last century. I hate acronyms."

"There will be no OINKs(?), nothing of that nature."

Folks, we've got a crotchety judge.
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