'They killed a beautiful sportsman and his career': How the world reacted to Novak Djokovic's deportation

After the tennis star lost his visa appeal in an Australian court, here's what he, the government, tennis stars and the wider public, said

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🗣️ Alize Cornet, the women's world no61, said: 'I know too little to judge the situation. What I know is that Novak is always the first one to stand for the players. But none of us stood for him'

After the tennis star lost his visa appeal in an Australia n court, here's what he, the government, tennis stars and the wider public, said

Djokovic 'extremely disappointed' and 'uncomfortable' Djokovic released a short statement after the court announced its decision."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.

"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.""It's now time to get on with the Australian Open and get back to enjoying tennis over the summer," Morrison said in a statement.

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He should have respected the laws of the country and got jabbed x2 plus booster like everyone else has to You can’t defend the indefensible. All the tennis players who watched Djokovic being deported should hang their heads in shame. This is how fascism starts. They are one booster shot away from being unvaccinated, like everyone else. Cowards, the lot of them.

There are philosophical questions too. If a title holder is denied the right to defend his title, did he lose it? Also, what would have been Australia’s issue with DjokerNole if he was from a country (say, Spain -EU, like Nadal) and did not have to apply for a visa? No one killed anything!!!! He lied....

dollytrollpe Not at all... it's not his last tournament ... No tennis player is above the vaccine law. FatEmperor He should not have lied simple ! Ironically as a person having recently recovered from Covid19 he will have greater immunity than most, as the Australians would have discovered had they done the blood test he requested them 2confirm the certification. Risk vaccination doesn’t prevent transmission.

MsCCollins1 They? You mean he didn’t get himself vaccinated!!? Alize Cornet would do a better job standing up for people who would be vulnerable to a serious illness because of NovakDjokovic refusal to get immunised. She doesn’t need to stand up for powerful man who can employ great legal minds to defend him !

Novak Djokovic loses visa appeal and will be deported from Australia | ITV NewsThe tennis star is set to be deported from Australia after the court upheld the decision to cancel his visa. | ITV National News 💯 La tiranía totalitaria sanitaria australiana se pronunció. El pueblo australiano seguirá comiendo mierda por aceptar vivir en exclavitud. Grande DjokerNole CAMPEÓN!

MsCCollins1 True gamesblazer06 Novak is a Loser Unless you are a female player… 61? Took a few phone calls to find another sycophant? Stand for WHICH players, exactly? 🤔 vikingwombat One more reason for me to reiterate, “You couldn’t pay me to visit Australia.” Only the Aborigines and Maori in that part of the world make it culturally interesting. (That, along with New Zealand’s gorgeous scenery and Simon Gault!)

vikingwombat I’ve never been a fan of his, but it’s undeniable he was singled out for discriminatory trearment in the service of a propaganda purpose. Where were all the “oohs,” “ahs” & “oh, shites” when Simone Biles bailed on her teammates and the chance to earn the US some Olympic respect? They didn’t kill him they just made Him even more popular and famous around the globe 🌎. Million of people globally stop watching Australian Tennis 🎾.

He killed his own career. What the fuck is there to stand up for? None stood with him because he’s wrong. Also, he didn’t stand with Naomi Osaka when she was criticized for not holding a press conference at the French Open. He responded “rules are rules”. How ironic now that the 👟 is on the other foot. He can pound sand.

LozzaFox Their loss, winner now will forever be the one who only won cause Novak wasn’t playing, can’t call themselves true champ,When the Aussie tennis dudes ask him to go back when all this shit goes away he should say fuck off. Welcome here wimbledon now and i for 1 will be rooting🇷🇸

Novak Djokovic to be deported from Australia after court upholds visa cancellation\n\t\t\tKeep abreast of significant corporate, financial and political developments around the world.\n\t\t\tStay informed and spot emerging risks and opportunities with independent global reporting, expert\n\t\t\tcommentary and analysis you can trust.\n\t\t Great. Being rich doesn’t put him above the rules. Shameful

He was the one who broke rules, he fought being held responsible, he paid for it, his fault, no-one else's. Oh please….he lied, he blamed his manager. He made an error in judgement. C’mon he knew exactly what he was doing. He’s a tennis player…that’s it. You don’t abide by the laws and rules your out. Plain and simple. No grandstanding needed. alizecornet AustralianOpen usta

He didn’t follow the rules. He’s being inconvenienced, not oppressed. Honourable statement from the women's world number 61. Saying novak is always the first person to stand up for any tennis players. Yet not one stood up for him. Its a lonely place at the top. Plain and simple, there were rules! He didn’t follow the rules so they kicked him out. Good decision by the Australian Govt. No one is above the law. Tennis Superstar or not. Pfft.

Load of rubbish. Just respect the laws of other countries or take the consequences. Only the inhabitants should be able to change them. BS article.. no one killed him.. but he would have killed others if allowed Newsflash alizecornet since you don't seem to grasp this: your beloved Djokovic is not a victim here.

Hmmm. How’s his career dead?

Novak Djokovic: Tennis star to be deported after losing Australia visa appealJudges reject the tennis star's last-ditch bid to stay and defend his Australian Open title. At last a decision made for the majority. From just abt every angle you look at this, it’s just a game.

And could that be because he was... He should have followed Aussie Rules simple! Killed?. 😒 WTF . And so ashamed all the other players for not to stood for him. 11 days fighting with the authority proves that he's healthy as hell is telegraph like a murdoch press thing? why are you defending this rule-breaking by the 1%?

Hell, i wouldnt want to play him sweating & coughing Covid everywhere...hell naw Or he could normal the hell up and follow the rules of the country he is visiting. He is a VISITOR. Playing tennis is beside the point, who cares. Australia wants you to be vaccinated. He's not vaccinated. He lied on his formage. He exposed himself to others; maskless, while he had covid. Why would you support that? 🤔

He's not vaccinated & the tennis world didnt stand with him because HE IS WRONG...he got what he deserved...him & his racket needed to go bck home...period So sick of people with money gettn preferential treatment that's the damn reason!! Amateurs; kangaroo court. Surely, it should be about whether you have Covid or not; rather than being vaccinated. He won’t be let in again for another 3 years now; does that ruin his career?

Novak Djokovic FAILS to overturn visa ruling and is set to be deportedThe 20-time Grand Slam champion had his appeal heard in the Federal Court on Sunday morning in a last ditch attempt to stay and compete for the title. Australians 40:15 Novax Now we can move on & concentrate on the obiding competitors...

Novak Djokovic issues statement after losing fight to stay in AustraliaJudges upheld immigration minister Alex Hawke’s decision to cancel Djokovic’s visa and the world No1 could now be banned from Australia for three years Couple of (5) months trading with rookiexbtrade are always profitable, I earn good return trading Bitcoin with Adriel and make huge profit, i withdraw my profit and convert to cash in the bank, DM him now and start earning massively. GoHomeDjokovic Djokovic wins AO 9x times. More than anybody. He doesn't need this COVID OPEN CLOSED. Australian fascist regime is saved! 2 more years of Lockdown!

Novak Djokovic detained again as deportation appeal moves to higher court | ITV NewsThe tennis star's legal battle moved to the Federal Court of Australia on Saturday as his lawyers appealed the second cancellation of his visa. | ITV National News DjokerNole Just go home DjokerNole He's won't back down 👍 DjokerNole His visa is like a boomerang

Novak Djokovic has lost his appeal against deportation in Australia after a court on Sunday threw out his application to stay. The ‘Affaire Djokovic’, as it is now described by L’Equipe in all of its stories, was the top story on just about every major news outlet across the world on Sunday morning and has also polarised opinion. Here's all the latest reaction to the decision from Djokovic himself and the Australian government, to other tennis players and the Australian public. Djokovic 'extremely disappointed' and 'uncomfortable' Djokovic released a short statement after the court announced its decision. "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." Despite Djokovic’s admission that he had broken Covid rules by not self-isolating following a positive test, Serbian president Aleksandar Vucic said that “we cannot wait to see him” and that he was “always welcome in Serbia". 'It will keep Australians safe' Prime Minister Scott Morrison welcomed the cancellation of Djokovic's visa, saying the decision would help "keep our borders strong and keep Australians safe". "It's now time to get on with the Australian Open and get back to enjoying tennis over the summer," Morrison said in a statement. Alex Hawke, the immigration minister, said he welcomed the unanimous ruling of the judges to uphold his decision "to cancel Mr Djokovic's visa in the public interest". He added: "Australia's strong border protection policies have kept us safe during the pandemic, resulting in one of the lowest death rates, strongest economic recoveries, and highest vaccination rates in the world. "Strong border protection policies are also fundamental to safeguarding Australia's social cohesion which continues to strengthen despite the pandemic." The former prime minister Kevin Rudd accused the government of using the saga to distract from domestic issues. "The end of a week-long, political circus - all avoidable had Morrison not issued #Djokovic a visa in the first place," he wrote on Twitter. "He then tries to look like a hairy chested Howard: 'we decide who comes here, nobody else'. Meanwhile hospital crisis off the front page." How tennis reacted Nick Kyrgios was the first major men's tennis player to react to the news, tweeting a 'face palm' emoji. 🤦🏽‍♂️ — Nicholas Kyrgios (@NickKyrgios) January 16, 2022 Alize Cornet, the women's world no61, said: "I know too little to judge the situation. What I know is that Novak is always the first one to stand for the players. But none of us stood for him. Be strong @DjokerNole." Patrick Mouratoglou, Serena Williams' coach, added: "The big loser of this mess is the tournament. The only good news is that we will hopefully start talking about tennis." BREAKING statement from @TennisAustralia @AustralianOpen @10NewsFirstMelb #springst https://t.co/dmdfdzoDiU — Simon Love (@SimoLove) January 16, 2022 Canadian tennis player Vasek Pospisil wrote: "Novak would never have gone to Australia if he had not been given an exemption to enter the country by the government (which he did receive; hence Judge Kelly’s initial ruling). He would have skipped the Australian Open and been home with his family and no one would be...talking about this mess. There was a political agenda at play here with the elections coming up which couldn’t be more obvious. This is not his fault. He did not force his way into the country and did not “make his own rules”; he was ready to stay home." The Ukrainian tennis player Sergei Stakhovsky wrote: "A very sad day in history of tennis. It’s sad when politics beat common sense…The law is one for all, but interpretations are different for all. Shameful to target one because of his believes, which are different from others." Carole Bouchard, a former L’Equipe writer and tennis journalist, said that “the way Djokovic has been treated since winning the first appeal is an utter disgrace” and that “the extremities they’ve gone to avoid losing face are shocking”. Australian tennis great Mark Woodforde pointed out, however, that medical exemptions in Australia were for people who could not get vaccinated because of a recent case of Covid, not for people who got Covid but had never intended to get vaccinated, and that Tennis Association should have been clear on this point from the outset. Rennae Stubbs, another former Australian grand slam winner, called it a “sad day for tennis” and expressed disbelief at how the story had unfolded. David Law, the BBC tennis correspondent, however, pointed out that it could all have been simple if one of two things had happened: “1) Get vaccinated, Novak, like 97 of the other Top 100,” or “2) Have a rule that says you get vaccinated or you don’t play (unless your reason is so acute, and so beyond doubt that nobody sensible can dispute it).” The Association of Tennis Professionals called it a “deeply regrettable series of events” and said Djokovic’s absence from the first Grand Slam of the year was “a loss for the game". Ben Rotherberg, the editor of Racquet Magazine, said that there should be some accountability for Tennis Australia “for their role in this mess” but added a “periodic and important reminder that Djokovic could have avoided all this rigamarole by simply getting vaccinated like 97%+ of his tennis player peers have).” 'They killed a beautiful sportsman' - how Australia reacted "What they did today is everything except justice,” said Natasha Marjnovic, 44, a Djokovic supporter who was wiping away tears outside the court building, told Reuters. "They killed a beautiful sportsman and his career and for all of us who love tennis." However, an opinion poll published by The Age newspaper on Sunday showed almost three-quarters of Australians believed Djokovic should be sent home without playing in the Australian Open. Just 14 per cent of the 1,607 people polled said he should have been allowed to stay. 'Covid rule cheat' - how Britain reacted Piers Morgan, as ever, had an uncompromising opinion: “Covid rule cheat, immigration form liar, & anti-vaxxer icon Novak Djokovic loses final appeal against deportation & will be thrown out of Australia without being able to compete in Aus Open. Good,” he wrote on Twitter, but there was considerable sympathy and support elsewhere. Nigel Farage, the former UKIP Party leader, has weighed in, calling Australia a “banana republic” and said that it had become a “nasty, authoritarian state”.