Novak Djokovic to be deported from Australia

Djokovic’s trouble entering Australia has started from his refusal to be vaccinated against Covid-19, the Serb, has won the Australian Open nine times and the tournament begins tomorrow Monday in Melbourne.

Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic is set to be deported from Australia after the country's Federal Court rejected an appeal against the re-cancellation of his visa.

Three Federal Court judges made a decision on Friday by the immigration minister to cancel the 34-year-old Serb's visa on public interest grounds.

The full reasons behind the court's ruling will be published in the "coming days".

There was also a possibility of a further legal challenge but it was reversed after the ruling that Djokovic was not seeking that option.

Djokovic, whose trouble entering Australia revolved around his refusal to be vaccinated against Covid-19, had been scheduled to begin his quest on Monday for a record-extending 10th Australian Open title and 21st Grand Slam crown but has now been replaced in the draw.

He is now facing a potential three-year ban from travelling to Australia and will be permitted to return only in "compelling circumstances that affect the national interest".

"I would like to make a brief statement to address the outcomes of today's court hearing. I will now be taking some time to rest and to recuperate, before making any further comments beyond this,” Djokovic said

"I am extremely disappointed with the ruling to dismiss my application for judicial review of the minister's decision to cancel my visa, which means I cannot stay in Australia and participate in the Australian Open,” he added

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