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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...

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...

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...

Kosovo lawmakers reject holding Serb referendum in Kosovo

Jan. 15, 2022 11:25 AM EST

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Lawmakers in Kosovo held an extraordinary session Saturday to pass a resolution saying that opening polling stations for Kosovo's ethnic Serb minority to vote in a Serb referendum would violate the country’s constitution, laws and international practice. ...

TIMELINE: Novak Djokovic's bid to compete at Australian Open

Jan. 14, 2022 20:27 PM EST

Novak Djokovic's attempt to stave off deportation and be allowed to play in the Australian Open despite not being vaccinated against COVID-19 is headed for a legal hearing the day before he is scheduled to begin his title defense at a Grand Slam tournament he's won a record nine times. ...

Column: Djokovic whiffed on 2 shots, 3 if you count booster

Jan. 14, 2022 16:06 PM EST

After more than a week of lies, hypocrisy, partisan bickering, bureaucratic bumbling and the inevitably idiotic comparison to the crucifixion of Jesus — by his own father, no less — the Novak Djokovic story still boils down to this: He threw away a chance to make history at the...

Serbs dismayed as Djokovic's visa again revoked in Australia

Jan. 14, 2022 12:03 PM EST

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Novak Djokovic’s supporters in Serbia were dismayed Friday after waking up to the news that the top-ranked tennis player again faces deportation from Australia after his visa was revoked for a second time. Australia’s immigration minister used his...

Kosovo rejects Western call to conduct Serbian referendum

Jan. 14, 2022 11:49 AM EST

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Kosovo on Friday rejected a call from Western governments to let its ethnic Serb minority vote in a referendum of neighboring Serbia, as it had done in Serbian elections until now, in what could fuel tensions in the volatile part of the Balkans. A joint...

Djokovic admits travel declaration had incorrect information

Jan. 12, 2022 23:43 PM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Novak Djokovic has acknowledged that his Australian travel declaration form contained incorrect information, as the government nears a decision on whether to deport the Serbian tennis star, who is not vaccinated against COVID-19, on public interest...

TIMELINE: Novak Djokovic's bid to compete at Australian Open

Jan. 12, 2022 00:11 AM EST

Novak Djokovic's bid to get around rules requiring players at the Australian Open to be vaccinated against COVID-19 is still in limbo. Two panels approved his request for a medical exemption in order to enter Victoria state — where the year's first Grand Slam tennis tournament is...