Djokovic out of the Australian Open after court rejects visa challenge

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1/16/2022 12:35:00 PM

Tennis star Novak Djokovic has lost a legal challenge against a decision revoking his visa for the second time and will leave Australia without contesting the Australian Open.

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👋👋👋👋👋👋 The bad telenovela just reached an end. 👍 He won't come back, ever ! Yuk belanja di tokoku banyak produk baru dan promo potongan harga. klik di sini A sportsman should know: If you break the rules of the game, you are out. I am a great fan but he knew the rules. Enquanto isso a imprensa continua caladinha 🤫 sobre essa Pandemia de mal súbito, infartos, mortes subbtas, 🤔 vacinaexperimental sim

Great! I love you Australia! Aussie Aussie Aussie! allenorresq Strictly on the rule

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.. 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 ?

His choice Good. Guy could learn humility from Roger and Rafa. He isn't a good role model for young people. Good!! If only there was some kind of similar legal system in the US that would stop AaronRodgers12 from playing!! AntiVaxxer VaccinesSaveLives I’m sure he will swan around the world another time super spreading and hitting little green balls.

So, are you Americans going to allow him, an unvaccinated player, into your country for the next tournament? I am leaving on a jet plane, don't know when I'll be back again...... Hurray! Nole please leave Pyongyang

Am not comfortable with this judgement, I think couple of unseen string are being pulled for a particular reason NovakDjokovic deported in few minutes time. Final picture revealed. Today a loser athlete got what was coming to him. Good Too bad, he isn’t above the mandate or policies I thought the greatest danger of war lay in the Ukraine conflict. Is it Serbia again and a tennis throne?

idiot! Decisions have consequences unless of course you a criminal in NYC. Good. You don't have one set of laws for the masses and another set for elites. He's going to miss a chance at tennis history, not to mention $2 million US in prize money. All because of stupidity and arrogance.

Thank you Australia’ Visa challenge? Is that like a TikTok thing? Djokovic career is DONE-ski. He wont be allowed in other countries especially USA when they will ask you, 'have you ever been deported from another country?..' And now he has, and lets be real that 'covid positive' test he had 2 get into austrailia was FRAUD = BIG TROUBLE!

Big up to Immigration Minister Hawke! Soar higher than Djokovic & his Serbian president!He promotes dirty behavior which I doubt he'll stomach during his tenure. They undermine Australian authority & president because she's a female! I wish foreigners can invade Serbia & destroy! No one is above the Law. Arrogance and selfishness for Stars/priviledged folks, occassionally loses. And in the case of Djokovic, he beat himself..

Bye bye Djokovic.. this famous dj KYGO likes to 'do it' now with innocent child girls He doesn’t have to play in Australia and if I am him, I will never go to that one again. He must now work hard to win all the rest of grand slams and tell Australia to keep their country to themselves through his victory

No person is above the law or above the health of other human beings. Even if he is a millionaire athlete. Australia has done very well to enforce its laws.

Come on... it's just tennis, not a real sport. Do not nake him a victim of repression. He is just the victim of his own lies and breaching the rules. That’s all. Bravo! The law applies to all or none at all. That should sink in your brain Novax. Idiot THE FUTURE depends on what you do today, start doing what's necessary, then what's possible and suddenly you are doing the impossible.. We may also help by getting you join in our Forex trading investment platform..!! DM to get started📩

Vagabundo tem que volta pra casa agora And rightly so! Somebody, please check on Djokovic's rackets🎾 It's either vaccinate or play virtually!

And Could be barred for 3 years. About time....and where are the sanctions from the tennis association?! Remember what happened to Naomi for missing the rounds with the press in Paris?!!! sexism DjokovicOut not a frogging peep!!!!! As so many say, rules are rules...below, the illegal invasion of Iraq - without a doubt, not in anyone’s best interests, public or otherwise...

...who cares He thought he was above the law..... their are other players there besides him... Right decision! Many “ordinary” people were not allowed in to visit very sick relatives in Australia. So why should he be treated differently Hit the road Jack and dontcha come back no more, no more, no more!!

Novak Djokovic was deported because he might be seen as 'an icon of free choice.' This world is crazy I tell you! Grt decesion by Australian federal court. It's safety first and not a person Well, Djokovic cannot win everything - You win many, you lose a few. C'est la vie. The best thing is that he has his own country to go home to.

Good… law shud be same for every one… no privileges.. Good for Australia. If only idiots in America would protect their fellow citizens from contaminating each other. Novax no play GOOD 👍 Oh well. 😹😹😹😹😹😹😹😹😹😹😹😹😹😹😹😹 Get vaccinated, dummie. Well done australia And stay out, No-Vax! What a political circus. What a terrible day for tennis

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These lawyers will do anything for money, even if it's pointless. Good lawyers would have advised their clients better. But you know where the athlete comes from, that says it all, lots of theater and tragedy, playing victims. Justice did prevail eventually then? A final 'up yours' from down under クール DjokerNole - you are free not to want to be vaccinated. It’s your choice. But you are not free from the consequences. You have also shown yourself to be someone who does not care about the health of others by going out whilst you were positive. YOU ARE A VERY BAD ROLE MODEL!

Melbourne (CNN)Tennis star Novak Djokovic has lost a legal challenge against a decision revoking his visa for the second time and will leave Australia without contesting the Australian Open. In a virtual hearing on Sunday, three Federal Court judges unanimously dismissed Djokovic's application to overturn the immigration minister's decision to cancel his visa, but did not publish reasons for the ruling. Novak Djokovic is 'the best player in the history of men's tennis' but he is leaving a 'complicated' legacy off the courtThe world No. 1 was scheduled to play Monday night in the Australian Open, where he had hoped to win a record-breaking 21st men's grand slam title. The high-profile, off-the-court saga pitting one of tennis's biggest stars against Australia's government and public health officials has overshadowed the lead-up to the year's first tennis grand slam.In a statement, Djokovic said he was"extremely disappointed" by the decision and would co-operate with authorities in relation to his departure from the country.Read More"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," the statement added."I would like to wish the players, tournament officials, staff, volunteers and fans all the best for the tournament."Immigration Minister Alex Hawke welcomed the court's decision and emphasized the government's commitment to maintaining strong border policies.Australia has previously had some of the toughest border policies in the world to keep out Covid-19. Hawke said those rules had kept Australians"safe" during the pandemic and were"fundamental" in"safe-guarding Australia's social cohesion.""Australians have made great sacrifices to get to this point," the statement said.Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison echoed his message in a statement to the media."This cancellation decision was made on health, safety and good order grounds, on the basis that it was in the public interest to do so. I welcome the decision to keep our borders strong and keep Australians safe," he said."I thank the Court for their prompt attention to these issues and the patience of all involved as we have worked to resolve this issue. It's now time to get on with the Australian Open and get back to enjoying tennis over the summer."Although Covid-19 cases are rising in Australia, the country has a high rate of vaccination and its death toll from Covid-19 remains relatively low compared to other countries. Last week the country surpassed 1 million Covid cases over the entire pandemic -- but more than half of those were in the last two weeks.What happened in courtSunday's hastily convened Federal Court hearing considered whether Hawke's decision to cancel Djokovic's visa was"unreasonable."The 34-year-old Serbian tennis star challenged the immigration minister's decision on three grounds, including that the minister failed to properly consider the consequences of canceling his visa..m-infographic_1642182916747{background:url( no-repeat 0 0 transparent;margin-bottom:30px;width:100%;-moz-background-size:cover;-o-background-size:cover;-webkit-background-size:cover;background-size:cover;font-size:0;}.m-infographic_1642182916747:before{content:"";display:block;padding-top:266.31%;}@media (min-width:640px) {.m-infographic_1642182916747 {background-image:url(;}.m-infographic_1642182916747:before{padding-top:54.49%;}}@media (min-width:1120px) {.m-infographic_1642182916747 {background-image:url(;}.m-infographic_1642182916747:before{padding-top:54.49%;}}Djokovic's barrister Nick Wood said Hawke's decision was"irrational" as the minister had failed to consider that the act itself could galvanize anti-vaxxers -- the very thing the government wanted to prevent.But Stephen Lloyd, the lawyer for Hawke, said under Australia's Migration Law the minister didn't need to prove Djokovic was a risk to public health, just that he"might" be.He said Djokovic's anti-vax attitudes were apparent by his failure to be vaccinated, despite having an opportunity to do so before arriving in Australia. He added that the perception that Djokovic opposed vaccination was enough to risk inciting anti-vaxxers in the country, and that the tennis star's apparent disregard for Covid-19 rules meant there was a risk others would emulate his actions and ignore public health orders.A long-running sagaThe saga began nearly two weeks ago, when Djokovic's visa was first revoked shortly after his arrival on January 5. Under current Australian laws, all international arrivals are required to be vaccinated against Covid-19 -- which Djokovic is not -- unless they have a medical exemption.Djokovic said he was under the impression he could enter because two independent panels associated with Tennis Australia and the Victorian state government had granted him an exemption on the grounds that he had been infected with Covid-19 in December.What we know: Novak Djokovic and Australian Open timeline The federal government argued that, under its rules, previous infection with Covid-19 is not a valid reason for an exemption.On his arrival in Australia, Djokovic was taken to the Park Hotel in Melbourne, which is also used as a detention center for refugees, while lawyers prepared a case to overturn the decision.On Monday, Judge Anthony Kelly ruled that border officers had been"unreasonable" when they canceled his initial visa to enter Australia and ordered Djokovic to be freed from immigration detention.Djokovic's visa was revoked for the second time on Friday by Hawke, but the government agreed not to deport the tennis star over the weekend before his case had concluded.Helen Regan, David Tunnicliffe and Ray Sanchez contributed to this report