Hammered at home, admired abroad: Djokovic lie Australia can’t swallow

Australia’s handling of the Novak Djokovic saga is the biggest story in the world right now.

17/01/2022 8:00:00 AM

The Novak Djokovic saga has drawn plenty of attention to Australia, but the notion it has damaged our reputation abroad is rubbish.

Australia’s handling of the Novak Djokovic saga is the biggest story in the world right now.

Novak Djokovic has been kicked out of Australia and the Morrison Government is being celebrated abroad for the decision to keep its borders strong. Picture: William West/AFPstory.“Glad they stood their ground, in the end of the day Novak is just another human who should obey the rules,” one person wrote.

For Prime Minister Scott Morrison, the decision to remove Novak Djokovic has been a win. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Gary RamageResponding to an NBC News story headlined “Game, Set Match: Djokovic leaves Australia after court ruling to deport him”, readers were full of praise for Australia’s hard line response.

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Djokovic was granted a Visa on 18 November, and knew he needed a medical exemption to be able to travel into Australia on that visa. The only exemption he thought he could get was “recent Covid”. So, he got Covid - exactly 4 weeks later. Was that planned? A friend of mine in Germany told me that everyone in Europe is proud of Australia for their decision (except Serbia of course)

Your politicians used you like pawns to gain public votes and you complied like sheep.. Notion that Novak is somehow danger to public health is outrageous. Just remember that he was there last year when no one was vaccinated, ask your self! Nazi Australia was on display for everyone to see. The media that is complicit in this tyranny cannot change the facts with some silly OP-eds.

Are they also saying it, or just you? My cousins overseas are laughing at us Why is it wrong to stand up for yourself? Exactly no harm to Australia, just an entitled sports person trying to scam us ……. Again! Australia doesn’t care what other people think or what the rest of the world think of because they are shameless they have no morals no dignity and I have no culture what do you expect from a country like this.. I’m not just talking about tennis only . it’s everything.

Rubbish - our govt is a joke!

Delusional fools I'm laughing at them A lot of work to do. The country deserves decent government which we certainly don't have from either major party. Australia has balls. Something a lot of countries don’t. why doesnt the government make the vaccine compulsory for everyone.. this would reduce deaths and remove the grey areas around being vaxed or not. would also reduce the strain on our hospitals..

we have one of the greatest reputations in the world. this has only strengthened our reputation. maybe Borat can do a movie about Australia, home of the Boofhead.. I hope the door didn't hit him in the arse on the way out. Nah ,not really 🤣 According to MSM, but most people I know are disgusted by the Morrison gov who they compare to Trump. I tell them about Robodebt and the sex and rapes in parliament and their jaws drop. Do your job.

Forcing DjokerNole to get the jab no matter what is utterly morbid Just months ago, former world 25 JimChardy had horrible sideeffects 4 months later, he has only just begun to hit the ball again This is medical tyranny. We've gone full Dr Mengele BoycottAustralianOpen

The current LNP government has taken care of that don't need anymore to damage our reputation. I’m an Aussie living in the Dallas. I am hearing first hand a lot of negative comments from my US friends. It usually starts with “what’s up with your homeland…..” I’m clearly a small sample size, but to say it’s not happening is rubbish.

We are the laughing stock of the World so as to please big pharma shame on the government and the federal court. Correct, rubbish. Goes to show that when there are rules, they are to be complied with no matter which country. bordersecurityrules dontstuffaroundwithaustralia If assholes had a face it would be an Australian look alike

What a horribile man Not it isn’t. We are a global disgrace. I’m embarrassed to call myself an Australian. This is how we view you all now Are you sure? Just the latest in a long line of incidents that has damaged your reputation.

That and watching your coppers shoot rubber bullets at its citizens tells us all we need the know. Australia is a prison. Your ability to spin a story into something it isn’t never ceasss to amaze me. We are the laughing stock of the world and everyone knows it. It's damaged our reputation here, let alone overseas. Maybe not amongst the Covid fanatics or the neurotic safetyists. But amongst freedom-loving Aussies (who I admit I thought were a greater part of the population) the damage is permanent.

Yeah, its improved it🤪🤣 everyone jealous because it’s what most people would want their governments to do but many don’t have the guts Only damaging to the eyes of nut jobs and loonies who you wouldn’t want coming to Oz anyway. hope u r right It enhanced your reputation for me. Fake news. Do a quick search on all the negative publicity. Walk to wall. Which is fine if we have brief shoulders just don’t lie about it.

🤣🤣🤣🤣 No more tennis open in this country Was Novak issued with a valid visa by the deplorables in the Australian government? Did the Federal Court of Australia give Novak the all clear to play? Did the Australian government know that Novak was un-vaccinated and that he was not in favour of gene therapy? I rest my case

No image of a bare chested chrishemsworth is gonna change the world’s opinion of us. We’re a nation that is 90 something % & we’re afraid of a tennis player.

and NBC News , among others, are celebrating the decision by Immigration Minister Alex Hawke — supported by the Federal Court of Australia — to cancel Djokovic’s visa and uphold Australia’s strong borders. Novak Djokovic has been kicked out of Australia and the Morrison Government is being celebrated abroad for the decision to keep its borders strong. Picture: William West/AFP “I am so glad this happened! Australia has worked very hard to keep its citizens safe! Kudos to them,” one commenter wrote on a Times story. “Australia has every single right to enforce their rules and laws, even on celebrities. Get vaccinated,” another wrote. When the BBC shared the news on Facebook, the majority of commenters were also very supportive of the Morrison Government. “Glad they stood their ground, in the end of the day Novak is just another human who should obey the rules,” one person wrote. Others agreed, writing: “Well done Australia for doing the right thing. You proved once again that you don’t pander to those who try to cheat and lie. “They’ve done the right thing by their citizens, who have had to live under restrictions (like many of us) for some time now. So someone blatantly lying to avoid the rules isn’t OK. He should’ve done the decent things and gone home days ago.” For Prime Minister Scott Morrison, the decision to remove Novak Djokovic has been a win. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Gary Ramage On a Guardian story, the most-liked comments were all pro-Australia. “Best result, he used his celebrity status to flout the laws ordinary people have to abide by. Well done Australia and hope he is banned for three years to returning as most people are,” one person wrote. “Thumbs-up to the Australian rule of law! Respect first to the people, before you go to hit the ball in their country,” another wrote. Responding to an NBC News story headlined “Game, Set Match: Djokovic leaves Australia after court ruling to deport him”, readers were full of praise for Australia’s hard line response. “Their country, their rules,” one person wrote. “Kudos to the Australian authorities for standing by their country’s welfare. No one is above their fellow human beings,” said another. Australian journalist Quentin Dempster wrote that given Australia’s fight against rising case numbers and hospitalisations, the Morrison Government had no other choice. “This is a public health crisis,” he wrote on Twitter. “In a democracy free speech also comes with an ethical responsibility not to mislead or incite mass harm. Anti-vaxxers are doing just that. ICUs are clogged, people are dying.” This screen grab taken from AFP TV shows Serbia's Novak Djokovic (C) preparing to depart from Melbourne Airport in Melbourne on January 16, 2022. Picture: Mell Chun/AFP UK sports journalist Chris Jones tweeted: “Novak Djokovic has a support group to ensure he can concentrate on tennis. What they cannot do is protect him from himself. No player is bigger than the sport - something @AustralianOpen chief Craig Tiley doesn’t recognise.” Djokovic left Australia on a flight to Dubai at 10.30pm on Sunday night after the full bench of the Federal Court of Australia ruled unanimously to kick him out of the country . The world No. 1 is automatically banned from entering Australia for three years but exemptions are possible under certain circumstances. Prime Minister Scott Morrison told Ben Fordham on 2GB on Monday that Djokovic “didn’t have” an exemption and therefore had no right to enter Australia unvaccinated. “He was wrong,’’ Mr Morrison said. “As simple as that. “He didn’t have one and that is the bottom line to that. “But the idea that someone could come and not follow those rules was just not on.” Health Minister Greg Hunt had a similar message. “The rules are very clear,” he told RN Breakfast. “People can enter if they’re vaccinated or if they have a medical exemption. He didn’t have that … prior infection is not a valid medical exemption.”