Sunday, April 14

Djokovic loses appeal against Australia and will be deported


Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic lost this Sunday in an Australian court the appeal against the decision of the Government of revoke your visa a second time, preventing him from defending his title at the Australian Open.

The decision was made unanimously by the three judges of the Federal Court, which today addressed in a virtual hearing the appeal presented by the defense of Djokovic, who was held on Saturday in a Melbourne hotel.

The decision means that the 34-year-old Serbian tennis player’s visa has been canceled and he will have to be deported, so he will not be able to play the Australian Open that begins this Monday.

By law, Djokovic he also faces a ban on returning to the country for three years, subject to certain exceptions, which may include “compelling circumstances affecting Australia’s interests”.

The Immigration Minister, alex hawke, used his special powers on Friday to cancel the Serb’s visa for health and order maintenance reasons, since if he is allowed to stay in the country it can stoke the sentiment of people who oppose vaccination against covid- 19.

Djokovic traveled to Melbourne on January 5 with a medical exemption for not being vaccinated, having recently been infected with covid-19, although upon arrival the Immigration authorities canceled his visa and detained him until his release last Monday for a court order considering that he was not treated “fairly”.

The tennis player was arrested again this Saturday after the new cancellation of his visa and is isolated at the Park hotel in Melbourne.

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Djokovic will not be able to defend his crown won on the banks of the Yarra River during the last edition and nor will he have the opportunity in Australia to consecrate himself as the most successful tennis player of all time with 21 Grand Slam titles.

The Serb was scheduled to make his debut this Monday at the Rod Laver Arena center court, a stage that saw him crown the ‘major aussie’ up to nine times, against his compatriot Miomir Kecmanovic.


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