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Djokovic lands in Serbia as questions arise over French Open

Jan. 17, 2022 10:39 AM EST

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Novak Djokovic returned home Monday after being thwarted from defending his Australian Open title only to face a new predicament: He could be barred from the French Open this year, too, if he’s still not vaccinated against COVID-19. A plane carrying the...

Osaka, Nadal advance in Australia after Djokovic flies home

Jan. 17, 2022 07:58 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The first test of Naomi Osaka’s new approach to tennis might have been when she completely whiffed an overhead to give her opponent a break point on Day 1 of the no-Novak Djokovic Australian Open. Osaka didn’t throw her racket. She didn’t roll her...

The Latest at the Australian Open: 2021 champ Osaka wins

Jan. 16, 2022 22:41 PM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest on Monday from the Australian Open at Melbourne Park (all times local): 2:30 p.m. Defending champion Naomi Osaka has had a relatively trouble-free 6-3, 6-3 win over Camila Osorio in her first-round match on Rod Laver Arena. The...

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

Jan. 16, 2022 12:05 PM EST

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...

Ruled out: Australia deports Djokovic for being unvaccinated

Jan. 16, 2022 11:51 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Novak Djokovic was deported from Australia on Sunday after losing a bid to stay in the country to defend his Australian Open title despite not being vaccinated against COVID-19. A masked Djokovic was photographed in a Melbourne airport lounge with two...

Serbia's president urges Djokovic to come home

Jan. 16, 2022 10:56 AM EST

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia’s president called on Novak Djokovic to return to his native country on Sunday hours after the top-ranked tennis player lost his court battle to play at the Australian Open and was deported. Djokovic's final destination was not immediately clear. He...

No title defense for No. 1: Djokovic deported from Australia

Jan. 16, 2022 07:50 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Instead of starting the defense of his Australian Open title on Monday, Novak Djokovic was on his way home, a stunning and unprecedented end to his run of success at Melbourne Park. Djokovic has won nine of his 20 Grand Slam trophies at the Australian...

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

Jan. 16, 2022 04:47 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A glance at the Australian Open which begins Monday: SURFACE Hard courts SITE Melbourne Park SCHEDULE There are separate day and night sessions with the featured matches played at...

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

Jan. 16, 2022 03:52 AM EST

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...

Verdict soon in Djokovic's deportation appeal in Australia

Jan. 16, 2022 00:39 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A verdict is expected later Sunday in tennis star Novak Djokovic's appeal against a deportation order that threatens his participation in the Australian Open. Federal Court Chief Justice James Allsop said earlier Sunday he and two fellow judges hoped to...