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So the Aussie government has again cancelled Novak Djokovic's visa.  This isn't the last word;  another appeal has been filed, and in fact, the hearing starts in about a half hour (6:15 ET).

 

I think the odds are against him, as it seems most believe he's at least been misleading on his paperwork.  And, no surprise I'm sure, I really, really, REALLY hope he loses.  

 

On the flip side, if he does play...as Tony Kornheiser pointed out, it might be amusing to watch just to see HOW vocal the crowd is.  The Open is restricting seating to half capacity, except those sessions already sold beyond that.  (Yeah, how would you pick who to throw out?  Not a decision I'm fond of, but all options are bad.)  The comment was, this was gonna be Philly on steroids.  Yeah, if anything, that might be an understatement.

 

The Open's hosed.  They published the draw...with Djokovic as the #1 seed.  My guess is, if Djokovic's visa remains revoked, they'll treat it like a late injury...a lucky loser from qualifying gets his slot  If he can play, I suspect that privately, they'll hope he loses VERY early, so the hostility can at least be left behind.  The LAST!!!! thing the Open wants, I have to think, is handing Djokovic the trophy as the champ, to a RESOUNDING!!!!! chorus of outrage.

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43 minutes ago, unclevlad said:

So the Aussie government has again cancelled Novak Djokovic's visa.  This isn't the last word;  another appeal has been filed, and in fact, the hearing starts in about a half hour (6:15 ET).

 

I think the odds are against him, as it seems most believe he's at least been misleading on his paperwork.  And, no surprise I'm sure, I really, really, REALLY hope he loses.  

 

On the flip side, if he does play...as Tony Kornheiser pointed out, it might be amusing to watch just to see HOW vocal the crowd is.  The Open is restricting seating to half capacity, except those sessions already sold beyond that.  (Yeah, how would you pick who to throw out?  Not a decision I'm fond of, but all options are bad.)  The comment was, this was gonna be Philly on steroids.  Yeah, if anything, that might be an understatement.

 

The Open's hosed.  They published the draw...with Djokovic as the #1 seed.  My guess is, if Djokovic's visa remains revoked, they'll treat it like a late injury...a lucky loser from qualifying gets his slot  If he can play, I suspect that privately, they'll hope he loses VERY early, so the hostility can at least be left behind.  The LAST!!!! thing the Open wants, I have to think, is handing Djokovic the trophy as the champ, to a RESOUNDING!!!!! chorus of outrage.

 

It's quite entertaining to see the douchebro who lectured Naomi Osaka about following the rules get kicked out of a Grand Slam for not following the rules.

 

And Osaka merely declined a press conference, as compared to willfully spreading a deadly pandemic.

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Detailed oral arguments will be tomorrow evening, according to CNN.

 

The locker room isn't on his side, either.  SportCenter had Tsitsipas and Murray answering some questions, and neither is happy.  Believe Murray used "holding the tournament hostage."

 

EDIT:  NYT so it might be paywalled...in summary, Djokovic is reported to have made multiple mis-statements, to have done public appearances (unmasked) while suspecting he might be positive, and to have done another appearance when he knew he was.  He broke Australian rules about travel...and apparently lied about that.  

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/14/world/australia/novak-djokovic-australian-open.html

 

An update on CNN also cites, as part of the argument for cancelling his visa, that allowing him in would promote anti-vax sentiment and even could lead to civil unrest.  I could readily see picketing the Open, so "civil unrest" is maybe a slight reach, but that's all.  So, even if one buys Djokovic's arguments, that argument is very hard to counter, IMO.  We'll see;  there's some nasty politics at work here too, but my feeling right now his, he's gonna lose.  

Is it wrong to consider celebrating tomorrow night, if he does?  

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The very idea of holding the tournament hostage suggests that he holds the tournament as more valuable than a human life.  Now granted, there may be individual cases where this is true, but no one specifically said it was Davien's life, so I'm going to have to assume this is just a messed up individual in the first place (and let's face it: prima donnas usually _are_ messed up people).

 

if they let him in for the tournament, then I hope the people of Australia realized that yes: those who make the decision agree that your life is far less important than something that has a sports ball in it.

 

 

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The Djokovic visa hearing has adjourned;  the judges are considering the arguments.  CNN says it's possible there'll be more argument Monday morning, but that they hope to decide Sunday (Australia time.)

 

edit:  he lost.  He's left the country.  

 

YES!!!!

 

 

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3 hours ago, Logan.1179 said:

They're going to nail an accordion to his hands. 

 

Better than being crucified on a wall of accordions, I guess.  And I think I know of such a place.

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3 hours ago, Cygnia said:

 

So the bluefin tuna gets eaten by the great white shark.

 

It makes a lot of sense.  XBox gets a massive, critical library;  Activision Blizzard has a much better chance now of flushing the vermin from the company.  The downside to consumers and gamers is...it is Microsoft.  Not that it could be anyone else.

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1 hour ago, unclevlad said:

 

So the bluefin tuna gets eaten by the great white shark.

 

It makes a lot of sense.  XBox gets a massive, critical library;  Activision Blizzard has a much better chance now of flushing the vermin from the company.  The downside to consumers and gamers is...it is Microsoft.  Not that it could be anyone else.

 

I'm enjoying my Game Pass subscription, which is most likely where these games will eventually land.

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