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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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.
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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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