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Novak Djokovic leaves Australia after visa cancellation


Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic, whose visa was annulled this Sunday after a court decision, left Australia on a flight to Dubai, according to local media reports.

The flight, operated by Emirates airlines, departed from the airport of Melbourne Tullamarines around 22:50 local time (11:50 GMT). Djokovic took flight Emirates 409 after about 20 minutes of delay and is scheduled to land at the international airport of Dubai at 5:34 next morning after 14 hours of flight and 11,659 kilometers travelled.

court defeat

the serbian lost 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.

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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.

He misses the chance to beat Nadal and Federer

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.

Public Interest Expulsion

Following the court ruling, the Australian Prime Minister, scott morrison, expressed his satisfaction: “This annulment decision was made for reasons of health, security and maintenance of order, on the basis that it was in the public interest,” Morrison, who applied one of the toughest policies in the world, said in a statement. against covid-19 and fight against a spike in infections despite the fact that most of the inhabitants are vaccinated.

Morrison said his government believes thate “Strong borders are fundamental to the Australian way of life and the rule of law.”

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Thanking the Court for having addressed this matter and the patience of all those involved in resolving the case, the president stressed that “it is time to follow the Australian Open and enjoy tennis again during the summer.”

Along the same lines as Morrison, the Immigration Minister recalled the “great sacrifices” Australia made during the pandemic and highlighted “robust” border protection policies, “which has resulted in one of the lowest death rates, strongest economic recoveries, and highest vaccination rates in the world.”


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