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Novak Djokovic: Deported After Losing Australia Visa Battle

Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic leaves Australia after court-ordered deportation.

Tennis player Novak Djokovic left Australia for Dubai after an Australian court ruled, he could not remain in the country, on an Emirates plane from Melbourne Airport, upholding the government's decision to cancel his visa.

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Why is the government under fire?

Djokovic had arrived on the fifth of January in Australia, thanks to a special exemption, as he contracted Covid-19 on the 16th of last month, but the authorities refused to allow him to enter, considering that the reasons for exempting the unvaccinated player do not meet the strict conditions imposed to enter its territory within the framework of To combat COVID-19, his visa will be refused and he will be transferred to the Melbourne Passenger Detention Center, before being deported. 

The court's decision was issued unanimously by its panel of three federal judges, who rejected the Serbian player's request.

Thus, the world's number one ranked did not have the opportunity to defend his title in the Australian Open and win the "Grand Slam" tournament for the twenty-first time.

Djokovic said he was "very disappointed" but respected the court's decision.

"I will cooperate with the relevant authorities regarding my deportation from the country," he said in a statement.

The battle lasted 11 days

In an 11-day battle that attracted global attention, due to his failure to vaccinate against Covid-19 and his behavior in the process of entering Australia, Djokovic's visa was canceled at Melbourne Airport, he recovered it after a procedural issue before it was canceled a second time by the Minister of Immigration.

A silence fell on his supporters outside the courtroom as the decision was made on the eve of Djokovic's opening match in the tournament. In an interview with the BBC, a fan said this summer would be 'empty' without Djokovic, 34, playing in the first match.

The judiciary of the three courts heard the position of the Australian government, which considers the presence of the Serb (34 years) in the country a 'health risk'.

Djokovic brought the case after Immigration Minister Alex Hawke used his ministerial powers to cancel the Serbian player's visa, saying his presence in the country was fueling anti-vaccine sentiment.

The world tennis star, Novak Djokovic, thanked everyone who supported him around the world, while he awaits a decision on the decision to deport him from Australia.

And if Djokovic insists on his “stubbornness” by refusing to receive the Corona vaccine, he will be at risk of losing the opportunity to participate in several tournaments in different countries, whose laws now prevent unvaccinated people from entering the country.

Djokovic Early and personal life

A Serbian professional tennis player, Novak Djokovic was born on May 22, 1987. The Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) currently ranks him as world No. 1. With his ATP Year-End No. 1 finish on seven occasions, Djokovic has been No. 1 for a record number of weeks.

A combined total of 20 Grand Slam men's singles titles have been won by him, including a record nine titles at the Australian Open. In total, he has won 86 ATP singles titles, including a record 37 Masters events.

Throughout the Open Era, Djokovic is the only man to complete a non-calendar year Grand Slam and a double career Grand Slam. 

A double Golden Master on the ATP Tour makes him the only player to have accomplished this achievement.

Since 2003, Djokovic has been a professional tennis player. In 2008, he won his first Grand Slam title by taking down Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, who had won 11 consecutive majors.

Djokovic broke into the Big Three that dominated men's tennis for more than a decade in 2010, joining Federer and Nadal in the group. [b] In 2011, the Serbian player was ranked No. 1 for the first time, winning three of four majors and five master’s events.

After 2012, he won four of five titles consecutively at the ATP Finals, remaining the best player in men's tennis for the rest of the decade. From 2010 through 2013, Djokovic finished year-end third four times, finishing first six times and second three times respectively.

The Serbian reached fifteen consecutive finals in 2015, including all four major finals and eight master’s finals. He won three majors and a season-record six master’s tournaments as well as the ATP Finals. 

He won the 2016 French Open to complete the first and only non-calendar year Grand Slam in the Open Era. It was also his first career Grand Slam. Having all four major titles at once was a first for any man since Rod Laver in 1969, and he is the only person in history to accomplish it on three different surfaces.

Tell me the next step?

And according to what the newspaper “Marca” reported, the only “Grand Slam” tennis tournament that he will be able to participate in, in this case, will be the Roland Garros tournament, where the competition protocols allow unvaccinated players to participate.

Due to the necessity of receiving a full vaccination to enter the United Kingdom and the United States, Djokovic will miss both Wimbledon and the US Open.

Three of the nine master’s tournaments are also held in the United States, where the Serbian holds the record with 37 titles, one behind the Spaniard Rafael Nadal, For the Serbian player, whose stadium career is over, that means more painful and certain losses. In the years after turning thirty-four, people strive to achieve records and titles of 'best'.

It seems that there are 'big decisions to be made in the world number one camp in the coming period if Djokovic is to fulfill his remaining ambitions before his retirement.

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