“Not enough tennis has been talked about in the last couple of weeks, which is a shame.”

Defending women’s champion Naomi Osaka expressed her sadness that some might remember nine-time Australian Open champion Djokovic only for his current predicament.

“I think it’s an unfortunate situation. Like, he’s such a great player, and it’s kind of sad that some people might remember in this way,” she said.

Osaka stressed, however, that it was not up to fellow players to resolve the impasse.

“It’s up to the government how Australia is deciding to handle it,” said the four-time major winner.


Australia’s top-ranked men’s player Alex de Minaur says he and other players simply want to get on with their Australian Open campaigns.

“This whole situation has taken a lot of spotlight away from us competitors. We’re here to play the Australian Open,” de Minaur said.

“We’re here on our own terms ready to compete, hopefully have a very good couple weeks.
It feels like it’s taking away from us competitors who just want to start. We’re just eager to go out and compete.

“To be honest I’m just ready to put all of this behind me and focus on playing my tennis matches, kind of let my tennis do the talking.”

On Saturday the Federal Court adjourned a short hearing in which parties for both Djokovic and Immigration Minister Alex Hawke discussed procedural matters about how the challenge to the visa cancellation will go ahead this weekend.

All parties agreed to the hearing going ahead on Sunday at 9.30am (AEDT).

The only dispute between the parties was whether Djokovic’s case would be heard by a single judge of the court or the full court of three judges.

If the case is heard by the full court, Minister Hawke will have no avenue to appeal any decision made.

Justice David O’Callaghan has advised he will make a decision on that matter later on Saturday.

More to come.

-with Rachel Dexter


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