Novak Djokovic loses deportation appeal in Australia

Djokovic, who has not yet been vaccinated against COVID-19, would most likely will hed in detention in Melbourne until he can be deported

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Novak Djokovic’s chances of participating at the Australian Open were shattered on Sunday when a court denied his appeal against a deportation ruling.

Three Federal Court judges confirmed the immigration minister’s judgment to remove the 34-year-old Serb’s visa on public interests concerns on Friday.

Djokovic, who has not yet been vaccinated against COVID-19, would most likely will hed in detention in Melbourne until he can be deported.

Novak Djokovic of Serbia, the defending men’s champion, gestures during a practice game on Margaret Court Arena ahead of the Australian Open tennis competition in Melbourne, Australia, on Thursday, January 13, 2022.

A three-year prohibition of entering Australia is commonly included in the deportation order.

The minister canceled Djokovic’s visa, alleging that his appearance in Australia could jeopardize the public’s health and good order and could be detrimental to other Australians’ immunization activities.

Djokovic’s visa was reportedly canceled at Melbourne’s airport on Jan. 6, just hours after he landed for the first Grand Slam of 2022.

After concluding that Novak Djokovic did not meet the criteria for a medical exemption from Australia’s regulations for unvaccinated guests, a border official denied his visa.

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