Novak Djokovic updates: Reaction as tennis start to be deported after losing court appeal

Live updates as the tennis star's chance to become the most successful men's player ever is snubbed out for now, after judges rule that the immigration minister has the right to cancel his visa and kick him out of the country.

1/16/2022 10:25:00 AM

Novak Djokovic is set to be deported from Australia after losing a court appeal against the cancellation of his visa. Here's a reminder of how events unfolded 👇 Get the latest on this story: 📺 Sky 501, Virgin 602, Freeview 233 and YouTube

Live updates as the tennis star's chance to become the most successful men's player ever is snubbed out for now, after judges rule that the immigration minister has the right to cancel his visa and kick him out of the country.

Immigration minister Alex Hawke cancelled his visa again on Friday, resulting in today's appeal'None of us stood for him'Djokovic 'extremely disappointed' but 'respects' court decision"I respect the Court's ruling and I will cooperate with the relevant authorities in relation to my departure from the country.

Djokovic a 'rule cheat and liar' - MorganOthers have sympathy for the Serb, saying he'd complied with all the rules and blamed Australian officials and tournament organisers for making a mess of things.The decision was unanimous among the three judges and the reasons will be published in the coming days.

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The visa waiver has nothing to do with Novak Djokovic's nationality. He tried to imagine himself apart from others and expected special treatment on arrival to Australia, which did not work. 👍 il rispetto per il paese che ti ospita 🙂 Aus does not deserve a Grand Slam tournament. They should move the slam to Tokyo. Why would anyone want to come here now anyway. WeStandWithDjokovic BoycottAustralianOpen AustralianOpen2022 TokyoOpen2023 AustraliaHasFallen

only wish they could give him a heavy prison sentence before deporting him. rules are rules Justice is served 🎾 Gamesetandmatch Lol novax jokeavic I bet you Pretty Patel is taking notes in the no nonsense immigration policies.

Australia live news update: Novak Djokovic fights to overturn visa cancellation in federal courtSerbian tennis star’s challenge to immigration minister Alex Hawke’s decision to deport him will be heard by the federal court at 9.30am AEDT. Follow all the day’s news here

Novak Djokovic launches last-ditch appeal to stay in AustraliaNovak Djokovic is taking urgent legal action against the Australian Government after he had his visa cancelled for a second time, setting the stage for him to be deported. So he choses not to inject himself with an experimental gene therapy. Good for him. His body, his choice We live in a simulation. The dudes name is Novaxx

Novak Djokovic saga still looms large over Australian OpenAustrailan Open: There is a level of desperation for conversations about Djokovic to come to an end and for the focus to finally be on the tennis 🎾

How Novak Djokovic became the world’s most divisive athleteFrom hosting an unsanctioned super-spreader event to his intense wellness regime, for those who have followed the grand slam star’s career, this latest fiasco in Melbourne comes as no surprise, writes JackKessler1

How Novak Djokovic has a surprise document in his possessionNovak Djokovic has a special diplomatic passport that should guarantee he is treated 'adequately' by Australian border officials, the Serbian government has confirmed. Stop farting about, no jab, out you go ! 🤣 Get him out! LMAO they printed that shit last night. How would this even be the case. how is he a diplomat in any capacity...

How Novak Djokovic has a surprise document in his possessionNovak Djokovic has a special diplomatic passport that should guarantee he is treated 'adequately' by Australian border officials, the Serbian government has confirmed. Advantage Djokovic. This could go either way here so do not adjust your sets! 🎾 vs 🇦🇺 Serbia might give him a diplomatic passport but the country he is in has to agree to it. Having a diplomatic passport doesn’t make him exempt because the country he is in has to issue it, not the other way around.

- a day before the Australian Open begins - and will now be deported Three judges heard his appeal and their decision is final  The unvaccinated tennis star tried to enter the country under a medical exemption from rules requiring people to be jabbed A judge freed him on Monday after finding the initial decision to cancel his visa had been unreasonable Immigration minister Alex Hawke cancelled his visa again on Friday, resulting in today's appeal A deportation order normally includes a three-year ban on returning Djokovic would have become the most successful men's player ever had he won the tournament 07:58:34 'None of us stood for him' Alize Cornet is one of the first players to react to the decision to deport Djokovic. The French player tweets a message of support and tells him to"be strong", but also appears to criticise other players for not standing by him.  07:54:04 Djokovic 'extremely disappointed' but 'respects' court decision A statement has been released by the player: "I would like to make a brief statement to address the outcomes of today's Court hearing. I will now be taking some time to rest and to recuperate, before making any further comments beyond this. "I am extremely disappointed with the Court ruling to dismiss my application for judicial review of the Minister's decision to cancel my visa, which means I cannot stay in Australia and participate in the Australian Open. "I respect the Court's ruling and I will cooperate with the relevant authorities in relation to my departure from the country. "I am uncomfortable that the focus of the past weeks has been on me and I hope that we can all now focus on the game and tournament I love. I would like to wish the players, tournament officials, staff, volunteers and fans all the best for the tournament. "Finally, I would like to thank my family, friends, team, supporters, fans and my fellow Serbians for your continued support. You have all been a great source of strength to me." 07:33:18 Djokovic a 'rule cheat and liar' - Morgan Piers Morgan has tweeted and is extremely pleased the tennis star is being deported. Many people will share his view - particularly in Australia, which has had some of the world's longest and toughest COVID lockdowns. Critics accused the player of getting special treatment by being allowed a medical exemption - which turned out to be that he'd had COVID in December so didn't need to be vaccinated - and the issue became a huge political issue in the country. Others have sympathy for the Serb, saying he'd complied with all the rules and blamed Australian officials and tournament organisers for making a mess of things. 06:56:01 Djokovic to be deported after losing federal court appeal Using extremely legalistic language, the judge says the player has lost his appeal against deportation. The decision was unanimous among the three judges and the reasons will be published in the coming days. The Serbian star is now set to leave the country just a day before the Australian Open starts. A deportation order usually also includes a three-year ban on returning to Australia.  Djokovic was bidding to win the competition for a 10th time and in doing so top Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal as the most successful men's Grand Slam player. 06:51:57 The judge is making introductory statements. Watch on the live stream above. 06:36:47 Court will reconvene at 6.45am UK time A decision may be imminent - the Federal Court says it will resume in about 10 minutes. 05:18:36 Djokovic's first match is scheduled for Monday... if he wins his appeal The Australian Open match schedule has been released and - should he win his appeal - Djokovic will play his first round match on Monday evening. He will face fellow Serb Miomir Kecmanovic at Rod Laver Arena, organisers said, pending a court decision. 03:40:01 The hearing is adjourned One of the judges is speaking and he says they would like to consider the arguments over the afternoon and early evening (it is currently just after 2.30pm in Melbourne now). He says there will be some form of announcement during the afternoon (local time) and then the decision could be made public any time between then and even tomorrow morning (again, local time). For now, the hearing is adjourned. 03:34:42 Djokovic supporters hold flags outside the court Supporters of Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic hold flags outside the Federal Court building in Melbourne. Lawyers for both sides - Djokovic and the immigration minister - are nearing the end of their arguments. 03:31:31 Djokovic's lawyer asks for tennis star to be released within 30 minutes of any decision in his favour Mr Wood (for Djokovic) is replying to Mr Lloyd (for the immigration minister). Mr Wood says:"Of course matters of weight were for the minister but our point is that, in terms of fact, that was not evaluated and the decision ought to be set aside." Should the judges side with Djokovic, Mr Wood says he seeks a"quashing of the decision, and an order requiring immediate release within, say 30 minutes", of the court's decision.