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Djokovic out of Australian Open after losing expulsion appeal

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MELBOURNE, Australia — Novak Djokovic’s hopes of playing at the Australian Open were dashed on Sunday after a court dismissed the top-ranked tennis star’s appeal against an eviction order.

Three Federal Court judges upheld the immigration minister’s decision on Friday to revoke the 34-year-old Serb’s visa on grounds of public interest.

The move likely means that Djokovic, who is not vaccinated against COVID-19, will remain in detention in Melbourne until his deportation.

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Defending men’s champion Novak Djokovic of Serbia gestures during a practice session at the Margaret Court Arena ahead of the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday January 13, 2022.
(Associated Press)

A deportation order usually also includes a three-year ban on re-entering Australia.

The minister canceled the visa on the grounds that Djokovic’s presence in Australia could pose a risk to the health and ‘good order’ of the Australian public and ‘may be counterproductive to vaccination efforts by others in Australia’ .

Djokovic’s visa was initially canceled on January 6 at Melbourne Airport hours after arriving to compete in the first Grand Slam of 2022.

Novak Djokovic sits in the back of a car arriving at a migrant detention hotel in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday January 15, 2022.

Novak Djokovic sits in the back of a car arriving at a migrant detention hotel in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday January 15, 2022.
(Associated Press)

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A border official canceled his visa after deciding Djokovic did not qualify for a medical exemption from Australian rules for unvaccinated visitors.

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