Novak Djokovic LIVE UPDATES: French Open LATEST, Wimbledon and US Open developments, Murray and Zverev slam 'mess'

NOVAK DJOKOVIC has flown back home to Serbia via Dubai after being DEPORTED from Australia.

An Australian court confirmed that the decision immigration minister Alex Hawke made to cancel the Serb's visa was legal. It added that it will publish its reasons in the coming days.

And the French Open could soon follow suit, after French MPs backed the vaccine pass law.

Meanwhile Djokovic's old foe Nick Kyrgios launched a surprising defence of the nine-time Aussie Open champ, laying into rival Rafael Nadal for failing to stick up for him.

And German star Alexander Zverev said Australia should have made clear whether or not Djokovic was able to travel before he arrived.


Read our Novak Djokovic live blog below for ALL the latest updates…

  • Joshua Jones

    Good morning to tennis fans

    Emma Raducanu managed to defeat American Sloane Stephens and book her place in the second round of the Australian Open.

    Raducanu cruised to a superb 6-0 2-6 6-1 victory over the 2017 US Open champion and was delighted to have done so.

    Fellow Brit Andy Murray was fuming with  Australian TV after they opted not to broadcast the 19-year-old’s win.

    Angry Andy was also raging at fans during his victory over Nikoloz Basilashvili as he thought they were booing him – only to find out the raucous crowd were re-enacting Man United ace Ronaldo’s ‘Siuu’ goal celebration.

    Following his match, Murray said: “I think it’s like ‘Siuu’ or something that Ronaldo does when he scores.

    “And, yeah, it was incredibly irritating (smiling). Yeah, I think that’s what they were doing.”

    Unfortunately, Liam Broady wasn’t able to join the British in the Aussie Open’s second round after he was dumped out of the competition by Nick Kyrgios who celebrated his victory by drinking a pint from a fan in the crowd.

    Kyrgios’ win set up a tantalising second-round contest with Daniil Medvedev and the Aussie native can’t wait to get on court with his rival.

    Both Kyrgios and Medvedev were sympathetic to disgraced peer Djokovic’s plight but the deported world No1 is still facing scathing criticism from major figures across the world following his deportation from Australia.

    Rome Masters tournament director Sergio Palmieri blasted Djokovic for not being a role model like Federer and Nadal.

    And a Spanish government official urged the 34-year-old to take a leaf out of Nadal’s book and just get the vaccine.

    And finally, no competition is complete without an upset and the Aussie Open provided one in the opening round with world No24 Leylah Fernandez crashing out of the event to wildcard Maddison Inglis.

    World No133 Inglis stunned Fernandez 6-4 6-2 to ease into the next round – leaving fans eagerly anticipating what to expect next in the Open.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Fernandez shock loss to wildcard

    World No.24 Leylah Fernandez had a shock first-round loss against wildcard Maddison Inglis.

    World No.133 Inglis stunned Fernandez 6-4 6-2 to progress into the Australian Open second round.

    And a startled Fernandez said: “Today was just not a good day. Too many mistakes, I’ll give credit to Maddie [Inglis] she played a great match.

    “I unfortunately did not find the right solutions to get back in it and make it to a third set.

    "But, it happens. “I try to start every day at zero, thinking that on a tennis court it’s a 50/50 chance for both players, and just to work hard and find solutions as best as I can.

    “The only thing I can do right now is just get back on the court, put in the hours, work hard and just improve in every aspect."

  • Justin Lawrence

    Krygios looks forward to Medvedev clash

    Nick Kyrgios can't wait to play Daniil Medvedev in round 2 of the Australian Open.

    After disposing of Brit Liam Broady, Kyrgios said: "It's going to be a hell of an experience for me.

    "He's probably the best player in the world at the moment. So I'm pretty excited, I'm excited for that moment. That's why I play the game.

    “I feel like those matches still excite me, to go out there and play the best in the world. That was always something I wanted to prove to people that someone like me could do, win those matches.

    “I’m not going to go into it with a lot of expectation. I'm going to go out there, have some fun, play my game. I have a pretty set-in-stone game plan of what I need to do to have success.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    'He should of stayed away'

    Two-time Australian Open champion Jim Courier reckons Djokovic should of stayed out of Australia for everyone's benefit.

    He said: "There’s obviously been some errors made here but ultimately, everyone that’s involved in this has lost, everyone.

    “It would have been so much better if Djokovic had never come here for him, for sure, for tennis and for the government, frankly. It’s just not been a pretty story.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    'We're sorry for Djokovic distraction'

    Tennis Australia expressed their regret over the Djokovic debacle and apologised for the effect it had on the other players in the tournament.

    The governing body said in a statement: "We recognise that recent events have been a significant distraction for everyone, and we deeply regret the impact this had on all players.

    "Embarking on a major international sporting event during a global pandemic that continues to evolve and challenge us all, is profoundly demanding for all stakeholders."

  • Justin Lawrence

    'Djokovic's no role model'

    Rome Masters tournament director Sergio Palmieri has claimed Djokovic isn't a role model for young people like his rivals Federer and Nadal.

    Palmieri said: “[Djokovic] is a controversial character, he takes a stand and he puts himself out there.

    “Certainly, he is not an example for young people approaching this sport; from this point of view, he has not reached Roger [Federer] and Rafa [Nadal’s] stature.

    “I have a long-standing relationship with Novak and he is a different person from the one he appears to be from the outside.

    “He has a very strong personality and he will overcome this challenge."

  • Justin Lawrence

    'Get the jab like Nadal'

    A Spanish government official has urged Djokovic to get his Covid jab like the country's tennis icon Rafael Nadal.

    Spanish government spokesperson Isabel Rodriguez said: "What Mr. Djokovic has to do is get vaccinated, that would be the most sensible thing to do

    “Leading by example is important and this is indeed what our country’s great sportsmen and women do. For example, Mr. (Rafael) Nadal."

  • Justin Lawrence

    Stephens issues Raducanu a warning

    Sloane Stephens has warned Emma Raducanu that she's got a long way to go in her career yet after losing to the Brit at the Australian Open.

    Stephens thinks Raducanu's carrying the hopes of Britain on her back and that may start to weigh heavy on the young British salvation as her career progresses.

    Speaking after Raducanu's victory, Stephens said: "I think she is carrying a whole country.

    "Because she is so young it's definitely a long road. She hasn't been through much of anything yet, so there will definitely be some ups and downs and some crazy experiences that happen throughout, it's only the beginning."

  • Justin Lawrence

    McEnroe on Djokovic

    John McEnroe thinks it was sad how the Djokovic saga ended.

    He also reckons the Serbian ace is entitled to not want to get vaccinated.

    Speaking on ESPN yesterday, he said: "It's sad the way it ended. I watched it play out live,"

    "He's got very strong beliefs. He's entitled to those beliefs.

    "You're talking about a guy that was potentially about to break Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal's record and that he was willing to go to these lengths."

  • Justin Lawrence

    Kyrgios drinks fan’s pint

    Nick Kyrgios drank a fan's pint after beating Brit Liam Broady in the Aussie Open.

    The madcap Australian delivered under-arm serves, between-the-legs shots and celebrated like Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo as he won 6-4 6-4 6-3.

    And he capped his overwhelming victory with a pint straight from the crowd.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Broady on Kyrgios loss

    Brit Liam Broady has admitted he couldn't wait to get off the court during his first-round loss to Nick Kyrgios.

    Kyrgios was on home soil and whipped up the crowd to his advantage – ensuring that Broady had a nightmare on the court.

    He said: "The way he orchestrates the crowd, again, you see videos on TV, but it doesn’t do it justice when you’re playing in front of an Aussie crowd – Nick Kyrgios’ home court. It was pretty crazy out there.

    But glad to have got it out of the way.

    “I mean (it was a) good experience and I think that’s the good thing about playing the great players is that you can always learn very quickly about what you need to work on.

    “Everyone was telling me, like ‘Oh you’ll really enjoy it, it’s going to be amazing’. But I thought it was absolutely awful. I obviously wanted to go out there and win, so, I mean, losing matches in general isn’t enjoyable.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    Jabeur on withdrawing from Australian Open

    Ons Jabeur has revealed she had no choice but to withdraw from the Australian Open after injuring her back last week.

    The world No.10 said: "Sadly, I had to withdraw from my first round of the Australian Open today. I have injured my back in Sydney last week. I tried everything to be ready and thought I could have recovered in time to play here.

    Unfortunately, the pain is still very present and playing in such conditions could jeopardize my whole season.

    "I will now rest and treat myself to come back as soon as possible. Thank you so much to all my fans for all of their help and support."

  • Justin Lawrence

    Murray fumes at Ron's Siuuu

    Andy Murray was fuming with the Cristiano Ronaldo inspired 'Siuu' celebration re-enacted by the crowd during the Brit's first-round win over Nikoloz Basilashvili.

    Murray initially thought the crowd were booing him until he found out they were copying Man United ace Ronaldo's goal-scoring stance.

    Following his match, Murray said: "I think it's like 'Siuu' or something that Ronaldo does when he scores.

    "And, yeah, it was incredibly irritating (smiling). Yeah, I think that's what they were doing."

    "Initially, I thought it was [booing], because there were some people booing during my practice yesterday.

    "I had no idea what for. Yeah, so originally that's what I thought it was."

  • Dylan Terry

    Ball girl collapses in Melbourne heat

    An Australian Open ball girl collapsed on court as players rushed to her aid in the scorching Melbourne heat.

    The youngster was helping out on Court 17 at Melbourne Park during the opening day of action on Monday.

    But at a crucial point in the first-set tie-break of Pedro Martinez’s 7-6 3-6 6-4 6-2 win over Federico Delbonis, she fell to the ground.

    Delbonis noticed the stricken girl and ran to the far end of the court to assist. Martinez joined him as they called for further medical help.

    A pair of Australian Open officials sat courtside hopped over the hoardings to help while the umpire came down from his chair. Together, they helped the ball girl to a seat on the court.

    It is unclear what caused the medical scare – although temperatures in Melbourne this week are peaking at around 30 degrees in the height of summer.

  • Dylan Terry

    Murray angered by lack of Raducanu coverage

    Andy Murray was left angered by Australian TV after they opted not to broadcast Emma Raducanu's win over Sloane Stephens.

    The three-time Grand Slam champion tweeted Aussie channel nine as they broadcast coverage of the Rod Laver Arena on both channels rather than moving over to the Margaret Court Arena – where Raducanu was playing.

  • Dylan Terry

    Broady made aware of Kyrgios tactics

    Liam Broady says he was warned by players in the men’s locker room about Nick Kyrgios’s “disrespectful” on-court antics.

    The madcap Australian delivered under-arm serves, between-the-legs shots and celebrated like Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo as he won 6-4 6-4 6-3.

    Broady, 28, said: “I know what Nick is like and I saw a few of the guys in the lockers before, who said: ‘Are you ready for the disrespect out there?’ I don’t think it’s personal. If I felt like it was personal and malicious, then I would probably feel like he crossed the line. But our job is to entertain the people and for them to enjoy the tennis that they come to watch. He does that and full respect to him.

    “Sometimes he makes you feel stupid with the shots he hits, with the underarm serves through the legs and the little lobs and the dinks and then the big hits. Sometimes you feel like a bit of a club player out there. That’s what he does.

    “But that’s one ever his biggest weapons. If you told Nick to stop all of the stuff that he does it would take away a big strength of his game. So, I am all for it, to be honest, even when it’s against me.

    “The way he orchestrates the crowd, you see videos on TV, but it doesn’t do it justice when you’re playing on Nick Kyrgios’s home court. It was pretty crazy out there.”

  • Dylan Terry

    Raducanu ‘very happy’ to come through Stephens

    Emma Raducanu has said she is ‘very happy’ to move past American Sloane Stephens and book her place in the second round of the Australian Open.

    Speaking after the match, she said: “I want to thank everyone for coming out and staying so late.

    “Both me and Sloane really put everything out there. We gave it all we had. It was a high-quality match with some very long rallies.

    “I am very happy to have come through against such a great champion like her. It was a tough match-up for a first round. I was very happy to win. I knew there would be very long rallies and her athleticism is up there.  I had to work extremely hard for my points. But I am so happy to get through.

    “I was very pleased. Coming out for the first set, I feel I played some very good tennis with few very unforced errors. Of course, there was going to be some adversity and in the long rallies she edged through with her defence. I am happy I regrouped.

    “In the third set, I don’t think the score reflected the level out there, I was feeling it, and focusing on getting every single ball in, landing them in-between the lines.”

  • Dylan Terry

    Raducanu 6-0 2-6 6-1 Stephens

    She's done it!

    Emma Raducanu books her place in the second round with a superb 6-0 2-6 6-1 victory over 2017 US Open champion Sloane Stephens.

    The 19-year-old had a dip in her performance during the middle of the match but ultimately thoroughly deserved the victory.

    On she marches in Melbourne!

  • Dylan Terry

    Raducanu 6-0 2-6 5-0 Stephens

    Raducanu appears to be striding to victory as she begins to find the sort of form she was producing in the first set.

    Stephens takes her to deuce in the fifth game of the set but can't capitalise and the Brit sees it out after more than seven minutes.

    She is now just one game away from the second round.A wonderful recovery after a very difficult middle period of the match.

  • Dylan Terry

    Raducanu 6-0 2-6 3-0 Stephens

    Raducanu gets confused at 40-15 up as she thinks she's already won the game! She goes to sit down in her seat before realising she still has another point to win!

    A forehand goes long before she closes it out to go 3-0 up.

    Big hold.

  • Dylan Terry

    Raducanu 6-0 2-6 2-0 Stephens

    Emma Raducanu fires back at the start of the final set!

    The 19-year-old Brit ends Stephens' run of four games in a row with a break of her own at the beginning of the third.

    She now just needs to hold her nerve to book her place in the second round.

  • Dylan Terry

    Raducanu 6-0 2-6 Stephens

    Sloane Stephens takes the second set with four games in a row as Emma Raducanu is put on the back foot.

    We are heading to a final set with the American enjoying all the momentum.

    What can the British teenager come up with to turn the tide?

  • Dylan Terry

    Raducanu 6-0 2-5 Stephens

    Sloane Stephens is racing away with this second set now.

    That last game took more than seven minutes but the American eventually found a way through to move two breaks clear.

    Looks like we may well be going the distance.

  • Dylan Terry

    Raducanu 6-0 2-3 Stephens

    Just as Raducanu seems to be getting on top again it's Stephens who hits back with the third break of the set.

    After a sensational first set from the Brit, the second has not been vintage from either player.

    Hard to say which way this one will go. Raducanu needs to dig deep.

  • Dylan Terry

    Raducanu 6-0 2-2 Stephens

    Raducanu's form only dips momentarily as she fights back from 2-0 down to level things up at 2-2 in the second set.

    The Brit missed her first two break point opportunities but took her third and now appears to be on the front foot once more.

    The US Open winner is playing with youthful exuberance and a champion's composure.

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