Djokovic deported from Australia after losing second visa appeal hearing

Djokovic’s trouble entering Australia has centred around his refusal to be vaccinated against Covid-19; the Serb is level on 20 Grand Slam titles with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, and has won the Australian Open a record nine times; the tournament begins on Monday in Melbourne

Novak Djokovic prepares for his deportation flight from Melbourne Airport
Novak Djokovic prepares for his deportation flight from Melbourne Airport

By Lucy Ashton

Sky News is reporting that Novak Djokovic is being deported from Australia after the country’s Federal Court rejected an appeal against the re-cancellation of his visa.

Three Federal Court judges upheld a decision made 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 unanimous ruling will be published in the “coming days”.

There was the possibility of a further legal challenge but it was confirmed half an hour after the ruling that Djokovic was not seeking that option.

The player and his team arrived at Melbourne Airport for their flight home on Sunday evening local time.

Djokovic, whose trouble entering Australia has centred 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”

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