Live: ‘Extremely disappointed’ Novak Djokovic flees Australia tonight

#BREAKING: Novak Djokovic will leave Australia tonight after he failed to overturn Immigration Minister Alex Hawke’s decision to cancel his visa. Full story:

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16/01/2022 12:31:00 PM

BREAKING : Novak Djokovic will leave Australia tonight after he failed to overturn Immigration Minister Alex Hawke ’s decision to cancel his visa. Full story:

Novak Djokovic will leave Australia tonight after the 20-time grand slam champion’s legal team failed to overturn Immigration Minister Alex Hawke ’s decision to cancel his visa.

Justice James Allsop said the three judges will now deliberate with a possible decision “later this afternoon or perhaps tomorrow morning”.They have argued the quote from the article used by the minister was “selective” and “misleading”.That’s a huge help to Stephen Lloyd, the QC for the minister, who laid out the government’s case for why the visa cancellation should stand.

Mr Lloyd has backed up the minister’s view that Djokovic’s mere presence in Australia could whip up anti-vax sentiment.[that’s the now infamousMr Lloyd said Djokovic was a known “icon” for anti-vaxxers.“The applicant’s views on vaccination are widely understood. So the minister has to make a decision about the risk in regard to how he has become an icon for the anti-vaccination groups,” Mr Lloyd said.

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Come back when vaxinated Play stupid games, win stupid prizes. Australia 🇦🇺 well done. Eat 💩!! firstworldproblems poor guy. where's the gofundme page! 🙄🙄🙄😷 auspol AusOpen NovakDjokovic 100% of the professional athletes who entered willing to compete per the rules are here competing. those who entered not willing to compete per the rules got sent home, it's that simple..

Never realised how vindictive Australians have become . Djokovic will beat the record in grand slam, despite the hatred and jealousy of the Australians. He expected it, he knew that with a people who committed genocide against the Aborigines, he had no chance. Rio Tinto will now get out of Serbia! Good luck to all of you in North Korea! Australia

Anyone able to get any RATs? Lol 😂 or is govt trying to find something else to distract people from the real issues

Video exposes Immigration Minister Alex Hawke’s U-turn on Novak DjokovicImmigration Minister Alex Hawke labelled world No. 1 Novak Djokovic a “good ambassador” less than 12 months before cancelling the 20-time grand slam champion’s visa. John Wayne Gacy was called a pillar of society & upstanding member of the community . Charles Manson a talented musician. Lance Armstrong above reproach. Josh Duggar a great father. Elizabeth Holmes finance wizard. Opinions change, especially as new evidence comes to light. 'Flees' gtfo with that BS headline. is pathetic DjokerNole djokovic AusOpen But as an antivaxxer he’s become a bad ambassador 🤷‍♂️

The anti-rights people win again. Bugger. Sorry Novak. Time to Send Sally Capp back to PNG the most arrogant and worst Lord Mayor for Melbourne now the crime capital of Australia Disgrace to Australia Huge victory for the Australian government overturning the Australian government’s decision to allow Novak Djokovic to enter the country.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison getting desperate in an election year and will try anything at anyone's expense to get re-elected. Must be behind in the poles. auspol AusPol2022 As in this very minutes Djokovic about to leave Australia , a question pop up in my head: are Australian government made the right decision or have failed ?

Maybe Novak did it intentionally? He felt he was not gonna win, so didn’t vaccinate, knowing Australia wouldn’t let him in. Now he can brag about how close he was to becoming a player with most Grand Slam wins! Am I brilliant or what? 😀F**k you, Sherlock! 😎

Novak Djokovic visa saga LIVE: Djokovic to miss 2022 Australian Open after losing court caseThe world No.1 is back in the Federal Court this morning as part of his fight to remain in Australia and compete in another grand slam .

Congrats Australia!🎉🍾🥂 Nole please leave Pyongyang Good riddance Knobvak Dropkickovic! This is an exaggeration! Hectic. Mari yamborambawo kushanda apa. Rules are rules though. But what a mess of a situation. Everyone put your tennis racquet at the front door tonight Don't let your racket hit you in the arse on the way out

The DT are going to have a field day with the headline for this Minister named 'Hawke' 'Challenge' in 'court' Djokovic 'out' of the country/Open GTFO

Novak Djokovic faces deportation from Australia after federal court upholds visa cancellationCourt unanimously dismisses Serbia n tennis player ’s challenge after immigration minister argued his presence would stoke anti-vaccination sentiment Hurrah!! wasted out time. Let’s get back to tennis. He just find it appalling having to mask up even...

Live: ‘Extremely disappointed’ Novak Djokovic responds to court verdict Novak Djokovic is set to be deported from Australia after the 20-time grand slam champion’s legal team failed to overturn Immigration Minister Alex Hawke ’s decision to cancel his visa. DjokerNole Sadly, the drama you created was avoidable but it's your (selfish and arrogant) decision not to get vaccinated, and, you lied on your VISA app -- next time try American Express.🥳 DjokovicGoHome There's a line from Liar Liar about this... He spoke out? Or a draft by the lawyers ?

Novak Djokovic visa case UPDATES LIVE: Court hearing starts; NSW, Victoria report 33 deaths Novak Djokovic ’s barrister said there was no evidence the tennis star ’s presence in Australia would foster anti-vaccination sentiment ; the NSW Premier says one in two ICU patients in are unvaccinated. Follow updates here. After all, it would be best for Novak to return home, and for the tournament and the reputation of AO, it would be better to stay.

Novak Djokovic visa case UPDATES LIVE: Court hearing starts; NSW, Victoria report 33 deathsThree judges of the Federal Court have started hearing Novak Djokovic ’s visa appeal; NSW and Victoria reported 33 deaths and 63,000 new COVID cases on Sunday. Follow updates here.

January 16, 2022 Waiting game for a decision The arguments have now wrapped up in the case. In short, Djokovic’s lawyers have questioned immigration minister Alex Hawke’s assertion the tennis player could fuel anti-vax sentiment, and suggested the minister unfairly relied on a single news article to determine his views. The Government’s counsel has said Djokovic’s views are well known and if companies pay him lots of cash to promote products because of his influence, it stands to reason that influence extends to his position on vaccines. Justice James Allsop said the three judges will now deliberate with a possible decision “later this afternoon or perhaps tomorrow morning”. If a decision is made today the judges may not lay out all of their reasons for it. Whether Djokovic can stay or go is needed swiftly, the reasons why can wait, seems to be the view. Blow to team Djokovic Lawyers for Novak Djokovic have been trying to persuade the three judges that much of the minister Hawke’s reason for barring the tennis star was down to alleged anti-vaccination comments and that he used a single BBC News article (see below for more on this) to make this case. They have argued the quote from the article used by the minister was “selective” and “misleading”. But in what could be a blow for the world No 1’s legal team, Justice James Allsop has said the minister can also draw on “rational and reasonable use of perception and common sense” in determining Djokovic’s views. So while Djokovic’s team is relying heavily on essentially throwing out the BBC article, one of the three judges has said the minister can assume the Serbian has anti-vaccination tendencies based on far more than one story and the minister doesn’t have to lay out all the sources for that conclusion. This is part of the text from the much-discussed BBC article. That’s a huge help to Stephen Lloyd, the QC for the minister, who laid out the government’s case for why the visa cancellation should stand. He has said Djokovic’s vaccination stance is indeed based on more than one quote in one article. “It’s not just the applicant’s public statements that he is opposed to vaccination, it is the fact of his ongoing non-vaccinated status,” Mr Lloyd said. “He could have been vaccinated if he wanted to be”. Mr Lloyd has backed up the minister’s view that Djokovic’s mere presence in Australia could whip up anti-vax sentiment. “The concern is that he’s a high profile person and in many respects a role model so that his presence in Australia would present more strongly to Australians his anti-vaccination views,” Mr Lloyd said. “The applicant has a history of ignoring safety measures. “When he was infected he [that’s the now infamous L’Equipe interview] which included taking his mask off and the minister took the view his presence in Australia would encourage people to emulate his apparent disregard for those kinds of safety measures.” Immigration minister Alex Hawke’s reasons fro cancelling Djokovic’s visa are under scrutiny. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Martin Ollman Mr Lloyd said Djokovic was a known “icon” for anti-vaxxers. He made that statement as he was being quizzed by Justice James Allsop on whether the minister had provided enough proof that the tennis star was indeed someone anti-vaxxers looked up to. Mr Lloyd said it was “common sense” and “uncontroversial” that celebrities could influence people, after all that’s why advertisers paid them to spruik their products. He called Djokovic an “icon” on at least three occasions. “The applicant’s views on vaccination are widely understood. So the minister has to make a decision about the risk in regard to how he has become an icon for the anti-vaccination groups,” Mr Lloyd said. Justice Allsop also pressed Mr Lloyd on a point raised by Djokovic’s team, that while the minister had raised the issue of how anti-vaxxers might be emboldened by the star’s presence the “counter factual” argument wasn’t investigated as to what the impact might be to the same people if Djokovic was sent packing. Mr Lloyd said Australia was not “bound to suffer” someone’s presence out of concern of what might occur after they left. ‘Grasping at straws’: Djokovic’s lawyers make their case Will he or won’t he play? (Photo by Kelly Defina/Getty Images) Lawyers for Novak Djokovic have tried to demolish the reasons for cancelling the tennis champ’s visa saying they were “wrong,” “extremely weak,” and “irrational”. Nick Wood SC, representing Djokovic, on Sunday said the statement of reasons given by Immigration Minister Alex Hawke regarding the visa cancellation were “grasping at straws”. “The Minister tries to cut us off at the knees,” Mr Wood said at today’s hearing, referring to the reference to Djokovic potentially being a rallying point for those against vaccination. But Mr Wood argued that the Minister overreached in this explanation and that the visa cancellation was “irrational, logical and unreasonable” as it could actually stir up anti-vax sentiment more than the Serb remaining in Australia. “The proposition we put is it’s quite obvious that (cancelling the visa) might be apt to generate anti-vax sentiment and the evidence before the minster went that way,” Mr Wood said. “Not a single line of evidence in the material before the Minister provided any … foundation whatsoever for the proposition that the mere presence of Mr Djokovic … in Australia may somehow, to use the minister’s expression, ‘foster anti vaccination sentiment’”. Djokovic’s legal team has also delved into a cited by the minister in his reason to cancel the visa. The article headlined What has Novak Djokovic actually said about vaccines? was published on January 6. A line in the article said: “In April 2020, well before Covid vaccines were available, Djokovic said he was ‘opposed to vaccination’.” However Djokovic’s legal team has said this passage was “selectively” chosen by the minister and was “somewhat misleading”. They pointed out that just under that line was another that said Djokovic “later clarified his position by adding that he was ‘no expert’ and would keep an ‘open mind’ but wanted to have ‘an option to choose what’s best for my body’.” Another line also stated that “Djokovic has never explicitly come out in support of (the anti-vaxxers’) more extreme positions”. But this section was not mentioned by minister Hawke in his reasons to cancel the visa. Mr Wood said it was “plainly wrong” to rely on one line to show that Djokovic was an anti-vax hero. “It was irrational for the Minister to only contemplate the prospect of the fostering of anti-vax sentiment that might accrue from Mr Djokovic playing tennis and yet not consider the binary alternative, which was the prospect of anti-vax sentiment being fostered by … coercive state action.” “The Minister is grasping at straws,” said Mr Wood, who added that elements of the cancellation reasons were “extremely weak” and there were “elementary errors” by Minister Hawke when he referred to press reports — some of which did not cite Djokovic at all. Djokovic on the move as bombshell claim addressed A Serbian health ministry official has denied there is anything untoward about Djokovic’s positive Covid-19 test result from last month after questions were asked about its validity. Last week reports emerged Djokovic’s positive Covid test on December 16 — the one he was using to justify obtaining a medical exemption to enter Australia —