Novak Djokovic has certainly lost: The world’s first unvaccinated player against Kovit-19 left Australia on Sunday after his appeal against his dismissal by the Australian government was rejected by a court.
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At the end of an interim hearing, three judges of the Australian Federal Court dismissed the 34-year-old Serbian case, burying his hopes of winning the 21st Grand Slam title at the Australian Open, which starts on Monday.
“I’m very disappointed,” Djokovic responded in a statement.
“I take the time to relax and recover now,” the player said, adding that his life could be greatly affected by this setback.
“I’m embarrassed that there’s been so much focus on me over the last few weeks, and I hope we can all focus now on the sport and competition I love,” he added. Joko.
He left Melbourne on a flight to Dubai at 10:51 pm local time after Sunday, according to an AFP journalist on board.
This emergency departure is the epilogue to the long soap opera that began on January 4, the day he leaves for Australia, and has since plunged the entire world into tension.
He was allowed to leave the detention center where he was being held on Saturday, and after spending several nights in Melbourne since his arrival in Melbourne in early January, Djokovic continued the four-hour-long interrogation online from his lawyers’ offices in Melbourne.
In court, his lawyers described their client’s detention and deportation as “irrational”, “irrational” and “unreasonable.” The three judges of the federal court who unanimously dismissed the appeal were not convinced and had no opportunity to appeal.
In his decision, filed in the same court on Saturday, Immigration Minister Alex Hawk argued that Djokovic’s presence in the country was “likely to represent a health risk”.
He said it promotes “anti-vaccine sentiment” and could prevent Australians from getting their booster shots as the Omicron variant spreads rapidly across the country.
Novak Djokovic was detained when he arrived in Australia on January 5 and was remanded in administrative custody for the first time.
The soldier, who contracted COVID-19 in December, hoped to be exempt from entering the country without the vaccine, but officials did not accept this explanation.
The Australian government suffered a humiliating setback on January 10 when a judge stopped Djokovic’s deportation, restored his visa and ordered his immediate release.
But the immigration minister staged a protest on Friday, revoking his visa for a second time under his discretion, citing “health and public order reasons.”
The Australian government welcomed its legal victory on Sunday amid a nationwide election campaign in which its citizens bore some of the world’s toughest anti-Govt restrictions for nearly two years.
“Australia’s strong border security policy keeps us safe during epidemics,” Immigration Minister Alex Hawk said in a statement.
“Australians have made great sacrifices to get here and the Morrison government is committed to defending this position,” he added.
In Serbia, Djokovic is considered a national player, and Australia’s decision went down surprisingly badly.
“They have humiliated themselves and Djokovic can raise his head and come back to his country and see everyone straight,” President Alexander Vuிக்i said of Australia’s leaders.
The ATP, which manages professional rounds for men, has hailed the Australian judiciary ‘decision as “putting an end to deeply regrettable events”.
“Court decisions on public health issues should be respected,” he added, recalling that “I continue to recommend vaccinations to all players.”
Before Djokovic recalls that “one of the greatest champions of our game and his absence from the Australian Open is a loss to tennis”.
Among the soldiers, Djokovic’s close friend Vasek Bospisil defended him, recalling that “if Novak had not been exempted from the government from entering the country, he would never have gone to Australia.”
“I do not like him finding himself in this situation, I do not like the fact that he is in custody,” Andy Murray said.
Djokovic’s Australian defeat makes at least one happy, with Italian Salvador Caruso (150th in the world) using his “unlucky” status (disqualified, but thanks to this set) to replace him on the table. Will play in the Australian Open and Monday evening in his place.
“At this point I am in this special situation of the most famous lucky failure in history,” he noted.
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