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Djokovic is out of the Australian Open after losing in court

Djokovic is out of the Australian Open after losing in court

Novak Djokovic outside the Australian Open. The Serbian tennis player was tried on Sunday (15) and saw the Australian judiciary reject his appeal and maintain the visa suspension to enter the country. The decision came at an extraordinary session in Melbourne.

Now, the current champion will be deported from Australia. In addition, Djokovic will have to bear the costs of the lawsuit, according to Judge James Olsop. The decision was announced earlier this evening in Australia, after nearly nine hours of trial.

Djokovic will enter the court on Monday to meet his compatriot Miomir Kekmanovic in the first round of the Australian Open. The schedule for the first Grand Slam of the 2022 season was confirmed shortly before the Australian court’s decision. The current world number one will be chasing his 21st Grand Slam title.

Last Friday (14), Australia’s Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Relations Alex Hawke used his personal power to revoke the tennis player’s visa. Then Djokovic’s defense filed an appeal so that he could remain in the country and play in the tournament.

Djokovic entered Australia on January 5th without a vaccination, claiming to have tested positive for Covid-19 virus on December 16th. When landing at the airport, The customs police stopped him Failure to provide all documents necessary to justify entry into Australian territory.

In this way, the tennis player spent the night separated from his team in a room at Melbourne Airport, and was later transferred to a hotel where he was booked. His visa was initially revoked for Djokovic because it posed a public health risk, but he went to court and Gained the right to enter the country. This Saturday, hours before the last hearing, he was arrested again and taken to his hotel.

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Djokovic will be replaced by a lucky loser (something like “lucky loser”, in English), a tennis player who is defeated in the tournament qualifiers, but will win a place in the main draw due to the absence of the world leader. The organization of the tournament has not yet been publicly demonstrated after the recent court decision.