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(Children’s Health Defense) – Professional tennis player and World No. 1 Novak Djokovic was released from detention Monday, after winning his court battle to remain in Australia despite being unvaccinated for COVID-19.

However, in court, government lawyers warned that Australia’s immigration minister could still cancel Djokovic’s visa, which would lead to an automatic three-year ban on his entering the country, The New York Times reported.

Djokovic’s release is the latest twist in the ongoing standoff between the tennis star and Australian authorities over his eligibility to enter their country.

Djokovic, a nine-time Australian Open champion (a record), arrived in Melbourne’s Tullamarine airport on Jan. 5 to defend his title. The upcoming Australian Open tennis championship is set to begin Jan. 17.

The BBC reported Djokovic was promptly assessed and rejected for entry upon arrival. His visa was canceled on the spot and he was taken into temporary immigration detention on grounds that he had failed to provide evidence he was double vaccinated or had a legitimate exemption to the policy.

Australian Border Force (ABF) officials took Djokovic to an immigration holding hotel pending a decision regarding his immigration status.

Prior to his arrival down under, he received a medical exemption from Tennis Australia, the organization responsible for managing the tennis event.

Djokovic initially did not explain the nature of his medical exemption, but later revealed he had tested positive for COVID on Dec. 16, 2021.

According to the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation’s Expanded Guidance on temporary medical exemptions for COVID-19 vaccines, an exemption can be granted for visa holders in some cases involving a “PCR-confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection, where vaccination can be deferred until 6 months after the infection.”

However, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison told reporters Tennis Australia was advised in a letter as far back as November 2021, that unvaccinated players with a recent COVID-19 infection would not be allowed to enter the country.

Morrison explained that a recent COVID-19 infection, or one in the past six months, was not a valid medical exemption under federal rules.

Djokovic’s story has been the subject of widespread global news coverage.

A recent history of men’s professional tennis

Tennis fans around the world understand there is more to this story than a player missing a competition — the Australian Open is not just any tournament, and Novak Djokovic is not just any tennis player.

The Australian Open is one of four “Grand Slam” events (Wimbledon, French Open and U.S. Open being the others) that are played each year. They each attract the world’s best players to compete in a grueling two-week, single-elimination competition.

For the majority of professional tennis players, winning a single match at any Grand Slam event is a career milestone. Winning a single Grand Slam title, which requires prevailing in seven successive matches, earns the player an indelible place in the history of the game.

Nearly 20 years ago, American tennis professional Pete Sampras won his 14th Grand Slam event, a feat many pundits believed would be impossible to duplicate.

Less than one year later, a supremely gifted young star from Switzerland won his first Wimbledon. That man’s name is Roger Federer. He defeated Australian Mark Philippoussis in the final in a match that marked the beginning of a new era in men’s professional tennis.

The subsequent 18 years have provided a sumptuous smorgasbord of tennis delicacies for hungry aficionados of the sport.

Federer’s wizardry was soon challenged by a ferociously competitive player from Mallorca, Rafael Nadal. Nadal was initially thought to be capable only of challenging Federer’s brilliance at the French Open where the slippery, clay-surfaced courts favored the Mallorcan’s physical play.

Pundits were again proven wrong when Nadal claimed his first Wimbledon championship in 2008, ending Federer’s streak of five straight Wimbledon titles in what many believe is the best championship match in the tournament’s history.

Throughout those years, Nadal and Federer maintained a stranglehold atop men’s tennis, exchanging the top two rankings several times. Few experts believed these two would relinquish the top spots so long as they remained healthy.

Enter Novak Djokovic 

In 2008, Djokovic managed to claim his first grand slam title in Melbourne, beating Federer on his way to the championship match. Despite this breakthrough, Djokovic continued to remain relegated to the No. 3 position, as Nadal and Federer racked up Grand Slam championships for several years.

Fast forward to today, the three men are now locked in a three-way tie in Grand Slam titles, each having a stunning 20 victories to his name.

With Federer recuperating from a knee injury and Nadal currently ranked No. 6, top-ranked and defending champion Djokovic is poised to nose ahead of the two players he has been chasing his entire career — if he is allowed to remain in the country.

Winning the most Grand Slam titles in the history of the game is widely considered a prerequisite for earning GOAT (Greatest of All Time) status. Suffice it to say, Djokovic is especially motivated to compete this year.

With this much hanging in the balance, why won’t Djokovic accede to Australia’s demand to get vaccinated? Is it because he doesn’t trust the vaccine’s safety? Or is it something else?

Mainstream media sources claim Australians are outraged at the possibility Djokovic may successfully appeal their government for a medical exemption to their strict two-jab requirement for entry, while unvaccinated citizens have been essentially confined to house arrest for nearly a year.

This would imply that the majority of Australians support the draconian lockdowns. Is this in fact the case? Protests suggest otherwise.

So is Djokovic the heel or the hero?

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UPDATE (1/18/2022):

Even with our petition to Australia's federal government officials surpassing 100,000 signatures over the last week, Novak Djokovic's battle to remain in the country and compete in this year's Australian Open has unfortunately come to an end.

As you may recall, Djokovic's visa was originally reinstated after a Federal Circuit Judge ruled him eligible to stay in Australia, largely thanks to the legitimate, government-issued exemption from the national vaccination mandate that he had obtained upon entry.

However, Australia's Immigration Minister Alex Hawke was quick to intervene, and took unilateral action to cancel Djokovic's visa once again last week.

Djokovic remained steadfast, though, and immediately appealed this decision.

However, things unfortunately did not turn out as we had hoped: The courts ruled in favor of the Australian federal government, resulting in Djokovic's deportation and, as a result, barring him from competing in this year's Australian Open, for which he is a defending nine-time champion.

Needless to say, this is a major setback in the global battle to restore basic human rights in the face of unprecedented authoritarian medical tyranny, and emphasizes the terrifying concept that, if it can happen to the world's #1 tennis player, it can happen to you.

And even this may not be the end of it: It now seems likely that Djokovic could also be banned from participating in the 2022 French Open due to his vaccination status as well!

Djokovic returned to Serbia this morning after facing weeks of discrimination, detainment, and arbitrary enforcement of existing Covid policies in Australia.

He landed in Belgrade to chants of "We love Novak" by supporters who gathered to show their support for the world champion.

We support Novak, too, as well as every individual's right to make personal medical decisions for themselves without government manipulation and intimidation. And while Novak Djokovic may be just the latest victim of intrusive Covid restrictions, he, tragically, will not be the last.

Nonetheless, we will continue to fight for the rights of all people worldwide who find themselves in similar positions, and we hope you will, too.

Thank you for supporting our effort to help free Novak Djokovic!

 

 

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UPDATE (1/14/2022):

We have good news and bad news...

The good news is that our petition to FREE NOVAK DJOKOVIC is inching closer and closer to 100,000 signatories from across the globe and was delivered in person to Australian Immigration Minister Alex Hawke.

The bad news is that, as of today, Novak Djokovic's visa has been CANCELED yet again by Australia's increasingly tyrannical federal government.

That's why, if you haven't already, we need you to SIGN and SHARE our petition so that we can emphasize our outrage over Australia's deplorable treatment of unvaccinated people, as well as its arbitrary enforcement of its own Covid rules.

Earlier this week, a Federal Circuit Judge in Australia ruled that Djokovic, who is unvaccinated but obtained a government-issued exemption from the country's national mandate, was free to stay in the country and compete in the Australian Open later this month, reinstating his Visa after it had been canceled by the Australian Border Force (ABF).

Prior to the ruling, Djokovic had been detained in a government-run isolation facility, even though he already had natural immunity from the virus and the state of Victoria's Health Department, along with Tennis Australia, had approved his vaccination exemption. Luckily, Judge Anthony Kelly felt differently, and allowed Djokovic to go free.

This came as excellent news and a positive development in Djokovic's case, but, as we warned in our most recent update, this didn't necessarily signify the end of things...

Earlier today, Australia's Immigration Minister, Alex Hawke, took unilateral action to OVERRULE Monday's court decision and canceled Novak Djokovic's visa yet again.

This means that he will be forced to leave the country just days before the start of the 2022 Australian Open.

"Today I exercised my power under section 133C(3) of the Migration Act to cancel the visa held by Mr Novak Djokovic on health and good order grounds," Hawke said in his announcement, "on the basis that it was in the public interest to do so."

But we all know the truth: What's truly in the public interest would be for government officials to stop abusing their power, following their own rules for vaccination exemptions, and ending this unprecedented discrimination against ALL unvaccinated people, including Novak Djokovic.

But this fight is NOT over: Djokovic is appealing the Immigration Minister's decision in federal court once again, and his lawyers are currently fighting for his right to remain in Australia and compete in the tournament, which begins Monday.

Nevertheless, we must exercise maximum pressure on Prime Minister Morrison, Immigration Minister Hawke, and all concerned federal authorities, and let them know that such blatantly discriminatory violations of human rights will NOT go unchallenged.

So if you haven't already, please SIGN this petition. And if you already have, please SHARE it on any of the following social media platforms by clicking on these links:

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Novak Djokovic's freedom is on the line once again, and we mustn't sit idly by while Australia's unchecked medical tyranny becomes the new normal in this unprecedented age of government overreach and manipulation.

With your help, we can FREE NOVAK DJOKOVIC again!

Thank you!


FOR MORE INFORMATION:

'Australia cancels visa of unvaccinated tennis star Novak Djokovic for the second time':
 https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/breaking-australia-cancels-visa-of-unvaccinated-tennis-star-novak-djokovic/

 

 

 

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UPDATE (1/10/2022):

Our petition to FREE NOVAK DJOKOVIC has really caught fire!


Over the weekend, thanks to people like YOU, this important appeal to Australia's Prime Minister and concerned federal authorities calling on them to release tennis champion Novak Djokovic from his detainment has gained signatures from people all over the world!

Where things stand currently, our petition has obtained more than 83,000 signatures within just a few days, and that number is still growing!

And, most importantly, as of today -- Monday, January 10th -- Djokovic is a FREE MAN once again!

While things appear hopeful for the time being, though, Djokovic's freedom is not guaranteed, as immediately after his release, Australia's Immigration Minister still threatened to jail and deport him for not being vaccinated for Covid-19.

Djokovic, who requested and was granted a legitimate vaccine exemption from Victoria's Department of Health and Tennis Australia, was denied entry to Australia when he arrived last Wednesday to compete in the upcoming Australian Open later this month.

His visa was rejected by the Australian Border Force (ABF) and, in turn, Djokovic, then detained, filed a legal challenge to his pending deportation, which was considered earlier today.

The result:  Judge Anthony Kelly of the Australian Federal Circuit Court reinstated Djokovic's visa, thwarting attempts on behalf of federal government institutions that sought to bar him from staying in the country and competing in the tournament, even though he'd obtained a government-issued exemption from Australia's authoritarian nationwide vaccine mandate.

This is excellent news, and further proof that the grassroots efforts of people like you are having a meaningful impact in all corners of the world.

But, unfortunately, as mentioned above, this saga is far from over...


Even with this court ruling, the jury is still out on what Australia's federal government will do next.

As reported by the Associated Press, Christopher Tran, a government attorney, has suggested that the Australian Minister of Immigration, Alex Hawke, may yet pursue further action on the matter, claiming he "“will consider whether to exercise a personal power of cancellation."

If, in fact, he does, this would mean that Djokovic could not only face potential deportation once again, but be at risk of being banned from Australia for a total of three years.

That's why we're asking for your help, one more time, and relaunching this important petition to defend Novak Djokovic against Australia's tyrannical federal government.

So if you haven't already, please SIGN this petition. And if you already have, please SHARE it on any of the following social media platforms by clicking on these links:


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While today produced a positive development in the effort to free Novak Djokovic, as things currently stand, it's anyone's guess what may happen next.

Your efforts helped free Novak Djokovic once, and with your continued support, we can help keep him free.

Freedom-loving people across our world must stand up to Covid tyranny, be it Down Under or anywhere else, and there couldn't be a better time to make your voice heard by adding your name to this worldwide appeal.

Thank you!




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If it can happen to the world's #1 tennis player, it can happen to any of us.


Novak Djokovic, the #1 ranked tennis player in the world, is currently LOCKED UP in an Australian detainment center.  Yes, you read that right, Novak Djokovic is currently a political prisoner because of Australia's out of control COVID tyranny.

Please SIGN AND SHARE this petition to Australian Prime Minister Morrison demanding Novak Djokovic be set free immediately and allowed to compete in the Australian Open.


The defending champion of the Australian Open, Djokovic had been preparing to compete in the tournament again this year when he was denied entry into Australia upon the rejection of his visa due to his not being "vaccinated" for COVID-19.

But when one looks further at the situation, it becomes clear that singling out Djokovic -- as if he were a criminal -- was never about health after all.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison took to Twitter to virtue-signal to the public, declaring that Djokovic had been denied entry into Australia because "nobody is above the rules."

But, in reality, Djokovic had followed the rules and obtained a medical exemption from the country's vaccination mandate from two independent medical boards at the state of Victoria's Department of Health and Tennis Australia, the governing organization for tennis in Australia.

Novak Djokovic had a very public case of COVID last summer from which he acquired robust natural immunity.  Additionally, it is now abundantly clear that the COVID shots are totally ineffective in combatting the virus' new variants.  So why insist on making an example of a healthy professional athlete with naturally acquired immunity? 

Because this is not really about Novak Djokovic specifically -- this is a message to the rest of us about who is in control.  

The tyrannical government of Australia wants you to know that the rules are whatever they say they are, and if you object, regardless of reasoning, they will ultimately have the final say.

If a successful, internationally recognized professional athlete can fall victim to the human rights violations of the ruling class, anybody can.

That's why we're asking you to SIGN and SHARE this petition to Australia's Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, asking him to end his government's madness, once and for all, and to allow Novak Djokovic, who obtained a medical exemption from the Australian vaccine mandate, entry into the country to compete at the 2022 Australian Open.

Right now, Djokovic is being detained in an immigration detention facility in Melbourne, where he will remain until at least Monday while a legal challenge to his pending deportation that he filed is reviewed and considered by Australia's Federal Circuit Court.

The Australian Border Force (ABF), which is responsible for the cancellation of Djokovic's visa, has simply stated the following:  "[Djokovic] failed to provide appropriate evidence to meet the entry requirements to Australia, and his visa has been subsequently cancelled."

The 2022 Australian Open is scheduled to begin on January 17th -- just over a week from now, and Novak Djokovic remains in Covid limbo.

Should his appeal be rejected, Djokovic's visa will remain canceled, and he will be deported by Australia's federal government, even though he followed their own protocol(s) to obtain a medical exemption from the nationwide Covid vaccination mandate.

These arbitrary judgments must not stand, and it's time to let the Prime Minister know that human rights violations like these have no place in Australia, or anywhere else in the world.

So please, SIGN and SHARE this petition to PM Morrison calling on him to drop the political act, acknowledge the medical exemption legitimately obtained by Novak Djokovic, and allow him to enter the country so he can compete in this year's Australian Open.

Thank you!


FOR MORE INFORMATION:

'Australia denies entry to tennis star Novak Djokovic despite medical exemption for COVID shot':  https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/tennis-star-novak-djokovic-has-visa-denied-by-australian-govt-days-after-receiving-covid-exemption-for-tournament/

 

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Evidence suggests Djokovic has a point

Tennis Australia’s opinion that a recent COVID-19 infection should exempt an individual from a vaccine requirement is, in fact, based on current scientific opinion. It is well established that natural immunity is more protective from a subsequent infection than vaccines alone.

Furthermore, there is evidence that vaccination after a recent exposure to SARS-COV2 carries an increased risk for vaccine adverse events.

From a purely evidence-based position, it seems the Australian government’s primary intention is not to protect their citizens but to vaccinate them, apparently at any cost.

Fellow tennis professional, Jeremy Chardy (France), expressed regrets after getting vaccinated earlier this year and suffering serious side effects that forced him to end his season and possibly his career.

There is also mounting evidence that athletes are experiencing a rash of serious cardiac and respiratory problems during competition. The Exposé reported a 278% increase in cardiac deaths among soccer players in 2021, compared to the previous 12-year average.

Individual reports are difficult to validate as the details continue to be suppressed or unreported. However because sports leagues often require vaccination to participate, and their athletes are regularly tested for COVID-19, it stands to reason that if there were an increased incidence of serious cardiac and respiratory events it would be more likely due to vaccination, not COVID-19.

Djokovic admitted he is not an expert in vaccine science but believes vaccination may not be the wisest measure and that the decision should be made freely by the individual and not an authority.

He voiced this position as early as April 2020, when COVID vaccinations were just a potential pandemic solution held by the most optimistic. His opinion is more centered in bodily autonomy and medical privacy.

Whether intentionally or not, Djokovic is serving as an inspiration to health freedom advocates around the world. Could this be the reason why PM Morrison maintains his stance in contradiction to Tennis Australia and the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation?

Proving his critics wrong

Djokovic’s approach to training has drawn skepticism over the years. In 2010, near the end of a three-year period when he failed to reach a Grand Slam final, Djokovic struggled with stamina on the court, retiring from matches with breathing difficulties on several occasions.

He subsequently began altering his diet and daily routine. The parallels are hard to miss. The media’s attack on his vaccine position is reminiscent of the skepticism held toward his unconventional approach to match preparedness.

Djokovic proved his critics wrong. He began 2011, by winning the Australian Open and then reaching the coveted No. 1 position several months later, racking up an impressive 41-match winning streak in a season considered to be one of the best of all time.

In subsequent years, while adhering to his unconventional training methods, Djokovic appeared in 28 more Grand Slam championship matches — he won 19 of them.

The finals

Though media sources may portray the Australian Open’s defending champion as an elite celebrity who believes he is above the rules, Djokovic has not veered from his long-held convictions around personal choice regarding his health.

He has met the tournament’s conditions for a medical exemption, one that is based on current medical evidence. He has so far held his ground and in doing so places increased scrutiny on the legitimacy of the country’s policy concerning public health.

Returning champions are usually treated with dignity and appreciation. Australia, once known for its easygoing attitude and respect for sports figures, has morphed into a totalitarian state.

Djokovic outmaneuvered his opponent in Scott Morrison into a no-win situation. If the Serbian star is allowed to remain in the country to compete, Morrison will be acknowledging that his country’s public health policies from the start have been nonsensical in their lack of nuance.

If Djokovic is expelled, he will have secured something more important than a 10th Australian Open and 21st Grand Slam title — he will have won the hearts and minds of millions around the world who have been protesting the violations of their basic rights including medical privacy and health freedom.

Ironically, Novak Djokovic may end up achieving GOAT status through his mettle and determination off the court.

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