Djokovic back to training in Australia after court victory
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The Novak Djokovic saga has divided opinions after the 34-year-old faced deportation when his visa was cancelled. The Australian Border Force initially detained him and the Serbian tennis star was forced to spend several days in an immigration facility, which his family compared to “torture”.
However, Mr Djokovic won his appeal to remain in Australia and a judge freed him from hotel detention, to the relief of his fans.
Despite returning to practice on the tennis court, with photos showing him at Melbourne Park, the venue for the Australian Open, the government may still decide to deport him.
The outcome has received polarised opinions, with some criticising the Australian government and some, the 7News’ on-screen duo including, criticising the tennis star’s actions.
In a leaked video, Channel 7 presenter’s Rebecca Maddern and Mike Amor comments were captured as the pair were seen sitting behind the newsdesk, with an image of Mr Djokovic behind them.
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Ms Maddern can be heard saying: “Whatever way you look at it, Novak Djokovic is a lying, sneaky, a**hole.
“Whatever way you look at it…It is unfortunate that everyone stuffed up around him.
“To go out when you know you’re Covid-positive…well, I don’t think he was even Covid-positive.”
Mr Amor replied: “That’s it, he’s an a**hole.
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“He got a bullsh*t f*****g excuse and then fell over his own f*****g lies.
“It’s just what happens, right, that’s what happened.”
Ms Maddern has since apologised for her harsh comments.
In a statement on Wednesday, Craig McPherson, 7News’ Director of News and Public Affairs, revealed an investigation is underway to discover who leaked the illegal recording.
He said: “The illegal recording was of a private conversation between two colleagues.
“It was an underhanded, cowardly act in breach of the Victorian Listening Devices legislation the perpetrator of which will be accordingly dealt with when found.”
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