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Tennis Star Novak Djokovic Deported From Australia

After a Federal Court unanimously upheld the denial of his visa on public order grounds, Djokovic stated he was “very sad.”
Novak Djokovic, the world number one tennis player, arrived in Dubai on Monday, putting his campaign for a record 21st Grand Slam championship on hold after his stunning deportation from Australia over his coronavirus vaccination status. The men’s defending champion came off an Emirates airline carrying two suitcases and wearing a mask as the Australian Open got underway in Melbourne, his final destination unknown. It comes after a protracted and high-stakes legal struggle between the unvaccinated Djokovic and Australian authorities, which polarised opinion and tarnished both parties’ reputations.

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After a Federal Court unanimously upheld the denial of his visa on public order grounds, Djokovic stated he was “very sad.”

Late Sunday, the humiliated celebrity, surrounded by a retinue of aides and authorities, boarded an aircraft from Melbourne’s Tullamarine airport for Dubai.

According to an AFP correspondent on board, Emirates aircraft EK409 took off at 10:51 p.m. local time (1151 GMT) and landed in Dubai before dawn.

The Australian government has revoked Djokovic’s visa twice in the previous 11 days, claiming that the unvaccinated tennis star’s visit could feed anti-vaccine sentiment amid a tidal wave of Omicron cases.

Star Novak Djokovic
Star Novak Djokovic

The Serbian superstar contested the judgement twice in court, winning one round but losing the decider on Sunday.

The chief justice of Australia’s Federal Court, James Allsop, closed a week of legal high drama that was watched around the world with a few dry remarks.

“The court has ordered that the modified application be rejected with costs,” stated Allsop.

Djokovic admitted the game was over and that he would not be visiting Melbourne Park this year, despite the fact that he had little chance of appealing.

On the eve of a tournament that he has dominated for a decade, winning a record nine titles, he declared, “I cannot stay in Australia and participate in the Australian Open.”

“I’m hoping that now we can all concentrate on the game and tournament that I enjoy.”

The debate, though, appears sure to continue, with Djokovic’s reputation severely harmed and Australia’s reputation for being inhospitable to foreigners expanding.

“This cancellation decision was made on the basis that it was in the public interest,” conservative Prime Minister Scott Morrison said, praising the court’s judgement.

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I applaud the move to keep our borders secure and our citizens safe

Morrison, who is up for reelection this year, is unlikely to face public blowback as a result of the affair, even among those who disagree with his severe immigration policies.

Many Australians feel Djokovic cheated the system to avoid vaccine entrance requirements, as they have been subjected to lengthy lockdowns and border restrictions.

It’s unclear whether the issue, which the ATP Tour described as “very disappointing,” will affect Australia’s claim to host “The Happy Slam,” which begins on Monday.

“Regardless of how we got here, Novak is one of our sport’s greatest champions, and his absence from the Australian Open is a loss for the sport,” the statement continued.

Tennis Star Novak Djokovic
Tennis Star Novak Djokovic

Aleksandar Vucic, Serbia’s president, was harsh in his condemnation of Australian authorities

“They believe they have humiliated Djokovic by mistreating him for ten days, but they have just embarrassed themselves. With his head held high, Djokovic can return to his homeland “Vucic told a state-run news agency.

Djokovic might now be barred from visiting Australia for three years, making the 34-year-quest old’s for the elusive 21st Grand Slam considerably more difficult.

With 20 Grand Slam titles, he is tied with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

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“With or without him,” says the narrator

More immediately, he’ll be dogged by questions about his behaviour that the court proceedings have uncovered.

It was revealed that the tennis star contracted Covid-19 in mid-December and, despite knowing he was positive, failed to isolate.

He attended a stamp launching and a youth tennis event, as well as giving a media interview, around the time he was tested and his newest illness was verified, according to public documents.

To remove the perception that he is anti-vaccine, Djokovic declined to testify in the lawsuit.

Government lawyer Stephen Lloyd stated, “He has now become an icon for anti-vaccination movements.” “Whether right or wrong, he is regarded as endorsing an anti-vaccination position, and his presence here is seen as contributing to that.”

“If the record needed to be corrected, he could do so. He hasn’t, and this has serious ramifications.”

On Saturday, Nadal took a shot at his opponent after players complained that the scandal was overshadowing the year’s first Grand Slam.

At Melbourne Park, Nadal told reporters, “The Australian Open is much more important than any player.

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However, Miomir Kecmanovic, Djokovic’s compatriot who was slated to face the nine-time winner in the first round on Monday, described the incident as a “hard pill to chew.”

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