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To some, it seemed a cloud had been lifted from the Australian Open. To others, Novak Djokovic still was almost palpably present, even as he flew to Serbia, his name on everyone's lips on the opening day of the first major tennis tournament of the year.

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To some, it seemed a cloud had been lifted from the Australian Open . To others, Novak Djokovic still was almost palpably present, even as he flew to Serbia, his name on everyone's lips on the opening day of the first major tennis tournament of the year.

MELBOURNE , Australia (AP) — To some, it seemed a cloud had been lifted from the Australian Open . To others, Novak Djokovic still was almost palpably present, the name on everyone's lips on the opening day of the first major tennis tournament of the year.

Lajovic said denying Djokovic the opportunity to defend his Australian Open title would only make him more determined to become the best ever tennis player.The former coach of world No. 1s Andre Agassi, Lleyton Hewitt and Simona Halep told the Nine Network “there has been a cloud hanging over the players.”

Australian federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg rejected the assertion of Serbia President Alexander Vucic that Djokovic was mentally and physically mistreated in Australia.One of the pro-choice activists held a hand-painted banner saying that Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison should be ashamed of the decision. Another proudly displayed another banner that read: Deport the Australian (government) for inciting international scorn and ridicule on this nation.

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The debate still exists as some, like those in the photo are too stoopid to wear masks. The Federal Court judges refused to create an Apartheid-like system whereby celebs & billionaires are treated more favourably than the 'lower caste': that's YOU, folks. Wise up & grow a brain. Story about a privileged rich guy not allowed to play tennis. Zzzzzzzzz

Everyone? You mean his three fanboys. His name isn't on their; his gluteous maximus is. Them's the rules. 🤷‍♂️ By losing his vaccination battle, he lost the Australian open. Move on, there are other tennis players worthy of winning that respect societies rules. There's no greater joy than having financial freedom and a life free debts 😊, that's why I keep posting a comment about Mrs Michael90078

He wanted to wipe his ass with the rules, he lost, if serbians living in Australia feel these rules are wrong, then it is their democratic right to leave the country, go back to Serbia or they may join Novak in Monte Carlo. He flew to Monte Carlo, where he lives, 🙄 Serbia rules! 🇷🇸 I never thought of meeting a legit bitcoin trader after been scammed many times at my age but the heavens sent Michael90078 guided me and help me make a living through bitcoin with my cash app, I recommend you to meet her now and also be a beneficiary of good work

Djokovic leaves Australia but debate goes on in vaccine saga | AP NewsAustralia made its decision, but opinion remains divided worldwide on Novak Djokovic and whether he should have been allowed to compete in the Australian Open despite not being vaccinated against COVID-19. In some alt universe? No debate no vaccine can’t play period! freedomofchoice reportonfailures safeeffectivenot

Is anyone else proud to live in a country that DEPORTS anti-vaxxers, regardless of their wealth or the size of their legal team? 🇦🇺 👏 I am so fucking sick of hearing about this person.

Djokovic on Australian Open's Day 1 program, pending appeal | AP News MELBOURNE , Australia (AP) — Novak Djokovic was scheduled to play his first-round Australian Open match on Monday night on a Day 1 program announced while he was still in legal limbo. A court hearing for the defending and nine-time Australian Open champion’s appeal against deportation ended Sunday afternoon. He is gone, for sure. Revelations about his multiple shenanigans in December, do not show him in a good light. He is obviously up his own where the sun don’t shine in some respect. Hopefully Novak will use this time to reflect and take the vaccine so he can play the rest of 2022 without problems.

Novak Djokovic leaves Australia after losing his deportation appeal. The defending Australian Open champ won’t defend his title. Novak Djokovic was deported from Australia on Sunday after losing a bid to stay in the country to defend his Australian Open title despite not being vaccinated against COVID-19. Great! What a shame. I am boycotting watching the Australian Open. It should be his right to determine what he does and does not want in his body. Who's joining me? AusOpen doesn't deserve to have DjokerNole BoycottAusOpen

Players to watch at the Australian Open beyond Novak DjokovicBeyond Novak Djokovic , there are plenty of players to watch during the Australian Open .

Novak Djokovic deported, will miss Australian Open Novak Djokovic was being deported rather than playing his first-round Australian Open match on Monday. Bully for Australia -- not two standards of justice there -- the privileged and the rest of us. U.S. Take note. Good for him. Leave that dump while you can.

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.

COVID program delivers 1 billion doses to poorer countries Djokovic received an exemption from to vaccination rules to play in the Australian Open, based on a coronavirus infection in mid-December. But upon arrival, border officials said the exemption was not valid and moved to deport him — sparking an 11-day legal battle and an ongoing political drama. After his win at Melbourne Park, Lajovic displayed a Serbian flag emblazoned with Djokovic’s image and the words “like it or not, The Greatest of All Time.” Lajovic said denying Djokovic the opportunity to defend his Australian Open title would only make him more determined to become the best ever tennis player. “I think the way they treated him was terribly wrong,. I think the decision itself was terribly wrong, and also the reason why they did it is also for me terribly wrong,” Lajovic sid. “I hope that in the future he will be the best tennis player in history, and that this will be only looked at as a setback on his path.” Coach and analyst Darren Cahill told Australian television “the players are relieved” that Djokovic’s departure focused attention on tennis. The former coach of world No. 1s Andre Agassi, Lleyton Hewitt and Simona Halep told the Nine Network “there has been a cloud hanging over the players.” ADVERTISEMENT “I hated the exemption that he had because I think that exemption is really for people who want to get vaccinated and can’t get vaccinated because they have contracted COVID in the last three or six months, and Novak never wanted to get vaccinated.” Australian federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg rejected the assertion of Serbia President Alexander Vucic that Djokovic was mentally and physically mistreated in Australia. “I make no apologies for the application of the rules here in Australia around our border protection policies that have helped keep us safe,” Frydenberg said. “It doesn’t matter whether you’re the No. 1 tennis player in the world or Betty from Utah, If you’re unvaccinated, the same rules apply.” Around 50 people gathered for a peaceful rally outside the Melbourne Park complex late Monday in the shadows of Rod Laver Arena, protesting Djokovic’s deportation. One of the pro-choice activists held a hand-painted banner saying that Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison should be ashamed of the decision. Another proudly displayed another banner that read: Deport the Australian (government) for inciting international scorn and ridicule on this nation. Opinion remained divided worldwide on whether Djokovic should have been allowed to compete in the Australian Open despite not being vaccinated against COVID-19. Djokovic has overwhelming support from his home country of Serbia, whose president said Australia embarrassed itself. He has also been held up as a hero by some in the anti-vaccine movement. Others were quick to criticize. One of Italy’s greatest tennis players, Adriano Panatta, called Djokovic’s expulsion from Australia “the most natural epilogue of this affair.” French tennis player Alize Cornet, meanwhile, expressed sympathy while reserving judgment. “I know too little to judge the situation,” she posted on Twitter. “What I know is that Novak is always the first one to stand up for the players. But none of us stood for him. Be strong.” It’s not clear where Djokovic will play next, and he is the defending champion at the next scheduled major, the French Open in May-June. A member of the French Parliament said a new law that will exclude unvaccinated people from sports venues, restaurants and other public places will apply to anyone who wants to play in the French Open. The comments Monday from Christophe Castaner, a former member of President Emmanuel Macron’s government, and a tweet from the sports minister late Sunday marked a reversal from prior plans to create a “bubble” around the French Open, scheduled for late May into June. “Mr. Djokovic has no business playing if he doesn’t respect a rule that applies to spectators, ball collectors, to the professional who will work in boutiques at Roland-Garros,” Castaner told BFM television. Sports minister Roxana Maracineanu said in a tweet the law will apply to French and foreigners alike. But she said sports officials “will work together to preserve the competitions and make ourselves the ambassadors of these measures at the international level.” Djokovic is also the defending champion at Wimbledon. England has allowed exemptions from various coronavirus regulations for visiting athletes, if they remain at their accommodation when not competing or training. The U.S. Tennis Association, which runs the U.S. Open, has said it will follow government rules on vaccination status. Perhaps there is only one thing everyone can agree on. As three-time major winner Andy Murray put it: “The situation has not been good all round for anyone.” ___ McMorran reported from Wellington, New Zealand. Associated Press writer Lori Hinnant in Paris contributed to this report. AP NEWS