Djokovic loses appeal to reinstate visa ahead of Australian Open

LATEST: Djokovic loses appeal to reinstate visa ahead of Australian Open

1/16/2022 10:23:00 AM

LATEST: Djokovic loses appeal to reinstate visa ahead of Australian Open

Novak Djokovic has lost his Federal Court fight to stay in Australia. His application has been dismissed and the government's decision has been upheld.

Djokovic was scheduled to play on Monday, with his first-round match against fellow Serb Miomir Kecmanovic for the evening session, not before 7 p.m. local time.Mike Frey/AFP via Getty ImagesNovak Djokovic of Serbia takes part in a practice session ahead of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne, Jan. 13, 2022.

The world's No. 1 tennis player asked the court to reinstate his visa, whichwas canceledfor the second time on Friday.Both sides made their submissions and replies during Sunday's hearing. The debate focused on Djokovic's view on vaccination and whether it constitutes a public health threat.

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No Open. Australia's closed for him. He doesn’t appeal to many (he’s losing his appeal) Well done Australians. You’ve saved thousands of lives Another one who thinks rules don’t apply to him

Live updates: Novak Djokovic visa and Australian Open 2022Australian authorities announced they are revoking tennis superstar Novak Djokovic's visa ahead of the Australian Open. Follow here for live updates. Remember that the COVID-19 vaccine is 100% effective against being deported. 😂👍🏽 🍾🍾🍾

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Australia cancels Novak Djokovic's visa again only days before the Australian OpenThe tennis star is facing deportation just days before the Australian Open, but his lawyers are trying to keep that from happening and to get him permission to take part in the tournament. Australia's immigration laws are crude, its like they don't live on this planet. It should be shunned by all progressive thinkers. DjokovicGoHome ektaka Kick his unvaccinated behind out of the country. Full stop

Novak Djokovic Again Faces Deportation After Australia Revokes VisaDjokovic’s lawyers are expected to appeal the visa cancelation as they successfully did last week.

Novak Djokovic: Why his visa has been canceled and what happens nowWorld number 1 Djokovic has had his visa canceled only days before the start of the Australian Open tennis tournament. Words alone can't express how thankful I’m. I thank God my friend recommended you to me. TarellaCampbel investing with you has been a good opportunity for me and my family I just received my profit within seven days of investments. Racism turned geopolitical.

Novak Djokovic's Australian Visa Canceled Again, Star Facing DeportationNovak Djokovic's participation in this year's Australian Open is in jeopardy once again ... officials have canceled his visa for a second time, and he's now facing deportation. People are living in poverty and misery around the world. How about he uses his power and wealth to do something to help remedy that! No respect for him or the media that promote him. Oh WOW..... bye bye.

Australian Open favorites sound off on Novak Djokovic saga: 'All this could have been avoided'Novak Djokovic’s visa controversy has overshadowed the start of the Australian Open, and some competitors are done with the whole ordeal.

The Serbian tennis star had been waiting for three judges to determine whether he would be able to stay in the country to launch his title-defending bid at the Australian Open on Monday. The court had adjourned on Sunday for the judges to deliberate. Djokovic was scheduled to play on Monday, with his first-round match against fellow Serb Miomir Kecmanovic for the evening session, not before 7 p.m. local time. Mike Frey/AFP via Getty Images Novak Djokovic of Serbia takes part in a practice session ahead of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne, Jan. 13, 2022. The world's No. 1 tennis player asked the court to reinstate his visa, which was canceled for the second time on Friday. Both sides made their submissions and replies during Sunday's hearing. The debate focused on Djokovic's view on vaccination and whether it constitutes a public health threat. The Djokovic legal team argued that Immigration Minister Alex Hawke, who cancelled the visa, misinterpreted media reports about the tennis star's stance on vaccination. Djokovic’s lawyer Nick Wood said there’s a lack of evidence to support the claim that Djokovic’s presence in Australia could stoke anti-vaccination sentiment. Mike Frey/AFP via Getty Images Novak Djokovic of Serbia takes part in a practice session ahead of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne, Jan. 13, 2022. "Not a single line of evidence in the material before the minister provided any ... foundation whatsoever for the proposition of the mere presence of Mr. Djokovic in Australia ... may somehow, to use the minister's expression, foster anti-vaccination sentiment,” said Wood. MORE: Djokovic in limbo amid Australian political tussle over COVID vaccination status The immigration minister's lawyer, Stephen Lloyd, said there is clear evidence of Djokovic’s views on vaccination and that by staying in Australia it will encourage opposition to inoculation. Lloyd said Djokovic has become"an icon for anti-vaccination groups." "That he's still unvaccinated reflects a choice on his part or remain unvaccinated when he could be vaccinated,” Lloyd said.