NOVAK DJOKOVIC has been DEPORTED from Australia after losing his case at the Federal Court.
The court confirmed that the decision immigration minister Alex Hawke made to cancel the Serb’s visa was legal.
And it added that it will publish its reasons in the coming days.
The nine-time Australian Open winner was pictured at Melbourne Airport as he departed the country.
Meanwhile Djokovic’s old foe Nick Kyrgios launched a surprising defence of the nine-time Aussie Open champ, laying into rival Rafael Nadal for failing to stick up for him.
He said: “It p***** me off how Tsitsipas and Nadal are like… everybody’s got their opinion and I understand that Nadal and Tsitsipas have to speak out about it when they get asked.
“But we’re only treating him like Novak Djokovic, not like a human now. “
“Imagine how he’s feeling. He probably just wants a bit of support from other players. He’s getting it from me, like, what the f***!”
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Sad day in tennis
Tennis ace Sergiy Stakhovsky has called today a very sad day in the sport following Djokovic’s deportation from Australia.
He also claimed politics beat common sense as Djokovic was targeted for his beliefs.
‘Where’s sports’ major figures?’
Welsh comedian Abi Roberts has called out sport’s major figures for not publicly showing support to Djokovic.
She also labelled Australia’s government as ‘fascists’
Lineker makes Djokovic dig
Gary Lineker couldn’t resist taking a cheeky dig at Djokovic after he was deported from Australia.
Lineker wrote on Twitter. “Game, set and despatch.”
Caruso speaks on replacing Djokovic
Djokovic’s ‘lucky loser’ replacement for the Australian Open Salvatore Caruso has spoken out about taking the world No.1’s spot.
The Italian revealed his pride at being given the opportunity to play in the competition.
And he also expressed his hopes that Djokovic will return to the sport soon.
Vasek Pospisil who founded the Professional Tennis Players’ Association with Djokovic has claimed the Serb was kicked out of Australia for political reasons.
The Australian elections are coming up and Posposil reckons Djokovic was used to win votes.
The Canadian said: “There was a political agenda at play here with the elections coming up which couldn’t be more obvious.
“This is not his fault. He did not force his way into the country and did not ‘make his own rules’; he was ready to stay home.”
Hawke releases statement
Alex Hawke has released a statement confirming that Djokovic has left Australia.
The Immigration Minister also reiterated his stance that he removed Djokovic in the public’s best interest.
‘Greatest shame in sporting history’
Several media outlets have labelled Djokovic’s deportation as the greatest shame in sport’s history.
According to sueddeutsche, one publication said: “”The court has decided: Deportation for Novak!
The greatest shame in the history of sport happened in Melbourne! Shame on you, Australia! The law has lost, politics has triumphed.”
While another fumed: “A shame like you’ve never seen before! Djokovic will be deported, he will not play at the Australian Open.”
And a third raged: “Shaken like never before! Disappointed ‘Nole’ spoke up in court after defeat. He makes no secret of his grief.”
‘They tried to kill him’
Djokovic’s father Srdjan has likened his son’s treatment by the Australian government to an ‘assassination attempt’.
He also claimed that the attempt to ‘murder’ Novak has come to an end with a volley of ‘bullets’ in the world No.1’s chest.
But Srdjan suggested that fans can expect to see his son at the French Open this summer.
He ranted: “The attempt to assassinate the best athlete in the world has ended. 50 bullets in Novak’s chest. See you in Paris.”
Djokovic’s deportation reportedly caused Google searches for ‘cancel Australian visa’ to sky-rocket by 1,145% globally.
According to www.immigrationlawyers-london.com, the whopping figure is 11 times higher than the average voulume in the week during the rulings.
And this showed an unprecedented spike in the amount of people Googling the term.
Djokovic flight ‘most tracked’
Djokovic’s finally set off from Australia and is headed to Dubai for a stop.
And it’s been revealed by Flight 24 that his flight number EK409 became the most tracked flight on their site just ONE MINUTE after turning on the transponder.
‘I felt like a criminal’
Czech doubles player Renata Voracova claims she was made to feel like a criminal after being deported from Australia just like Djokovic for the same reason.
Voracova was initially allowed to enter Australia on a medical exemption granted after she had an adverse reaction to a Covid infection and even played in a tournament in Melbourne.
However, just like they did with Djokovic, the Aussie government had a change of heart and decided to boot Voracova out on Saturday.
And she said about her experience to BBC Russia: “I felt a little bit like a criminal, but there was no reason why I should feel like that.
“I sent all the documents. They were approved. If I knew there would be even a 1% chance of something not being right, I wouldn’t go.”
Djokovic’s replacement for Open
Djokovic’s last-minute replacement for the Australian Open will be Italian Salvatore Caruso.
The world No.1’s omission from the tournament has opened the door for a ‘lucky loser’ from the qualifying stages to take his place, the Nigerian Guardian report.
And the opportunity’s fallen to 29-year-old Caruso whose ranked 150 in the world.
However, unlike Djokovic, Caruso won’t get to play on the main show court.
Djokovic pictured leaving Australia
Djokovic’s been pictured leaving Australia following his deportation from the country.
The Serbian tennis ace is said to stopping off in Dubai next, before heading to Europe.
Mats Wilander is shocked and suprised – but also exhausted by the decision to kick Djokovic out of Australia.
He said: “I’m surprised and I’m shocked. I’m a little bit exhausted as well because we have been hearing about this for a week.
“I give Novak a lot of credit for trying but at the same time he knew there might be the possibility that with the rules you have to be vaccinated.
“But you also have to think about the other players – they have been asked about this for the whole time they have in Australia.
“But the big thing for me, the best tennis players in the world, they are globally famous people and this has really been one of the biggest story this year so far. It is sad news, but we will have a new winner.”
Andy Murray doesn’t think Djokovic’s absence from the Australian Open will do the tournament any favours because he feels all top players should be involved.
The Brit also isn’t happy that Djokovic was held in an immigration centre whilst awaiting the verdict of his case.
Murray told BBC Sport: “It is not great for the tournament because it is better when all of the top players are playing in the event.
“Novak is someone I have known since we were 12 years old, he is someone who I respect and have competed against. I don’t like he is in this situation and I don’t like he has been in detention.
“The situation has not been good all round for anyone. It feels everything here happened extremely last minute and that’s why it became such a mess.”
Tennis ace Cameron Norrie reckons Djokovic’s Covid spat with Australia is good publicity for the tournament.
However, he would’ve liked to see the world No.1 take part in the Open.
Norrie said on the Tennis Talk podcast: “It’s obviously good publicity for the tournament.
“[The news] has been followed by everyone here and around the world.
“It is not up to me but I would like to see Novak Djokovic play. I want the best players in the world to be playing in the draw.
I also wouldn’t mind seeing the reception he receives if he does play.”
‘No plans to speak’
Djokovic will remain quiet on the subject of his deportation from Australia until after the Open has finished, it’s been reported.
The 34-year-old expressed his frustration at the decision to boot him out of Oz, but he won’t take any more spotlight from the upcoming tournament, according to journalist Sasa Ozmo.
ATP sympathise with Djokovic
ATP – the men’s governing body of tennis have released a statement saying Djokovic’s absence from the Australian Open would be a huge blow for the sport.
They also sympathised with Djokovic and wished him well in the future.
However, ATP also urged all tennis players to get vaccinated.
Their statement read: “Irrespective of how this point has been reached, Novak is one of our sport’s greatest champions and his absence from the Australian Open is a loss for the game.
“We know how turbulent the recent days have been for Novak and how much he wanted to defend his title in Melbourne.
“We wish him well and look forward to seeing him back on court soon.
They then added: “ATP continues to strongly recommend vaccination to all players”
Djokovic to Dubai
Djokovic’s next stop from Australia will reportedly be to Dubai via an Emirates flight.
According to reporter Paul Sakka, the Serb will get on the flight at 10.30pm Australian time.
‘Safeguarding social cohesion’
Alex Hawke has claimed that Djokovic’s removal from Australia will protect the country’s social cohesion.
The Immigration Minister said: “Australia’s strong border protection policies have kept us safe during the pandemic, resulting in one of the lowest death rates, strongest economic recoveries, and highest vaccination rates in the world.
“Strong border protection policies are also fundamental to safeguarding Australia’s social cohesion, which continues to strengthen despite the pandemic.”
‘They’ve humiliated themselves’
Serbia’s president Aleksandar Vucic claims the Australian government has humiliated themselves while trying to do the same to Djokovic.
He also accused them of ‘bullying’ his country’s star sports hero.
Vucic said: “To harass the best tennis player for 11 days, and to give him the decision you made on the first day for 11 days … They think that this harassment humiliated Djokovic, but they actually humiliated themselves.
“If you said that the one who has not been vaccinated has no right to enter. Novak would not come or get vaccinated. And not this bullying and harassment that lasted 11 days.”
Djokovic praises Kokkinakis
Djokovic found the time to congratulate Thanis Kokkinakis ATP Tour title win despite going through his immigration issues.
The Serb messaged the Greek winner on Instagram with his praise.
Serbia’s president Aleksandar Vucic let Djokovic know he’s ‘always welcome’ in his home country following his deportation from Australia.
He revealed that he’s already spoke to the 34-year-old and told him that his fellow countrymen can’t wait to see him.
Vucic said: “I spoke to Djokovic and told him we cannot wait to see him.
“I told him he is always welcome in Serbia.”
Piers goads Djokovic
Piers Morgan has branded Djokovic a ‘Covid cheat’ who deserved to get booted out of Australia.
Piers took to Twitter to gloat over Djokovic’s imminent deportation.
He wrote: “BREAKING: Covid rule cheat, immigration form liar, & anti-vaxxer icon Novak Djokovic loses final appeal against deportation & will be thrown out of Australia without being able to compete in Aus Open. Good.”
Morrison welcomes decision
Australia’s PM Scott Morrison has praised the news of Djokovic’s deportation from his counttry.
He now wants the Australian public to focus on the upcoming Open.
He said: “I welcome the decision to keep our borders strong and keep Australians safe.
“As I said on Friday, Australians have made many sacrifices during this pandemic, and they rightly expect the result of those sacrifices to be protected.
“Strong borders are fundamental to the Australian way of life, as is the rule of law. Our government has always understood this and has been prepared to take the decisions and actions necessary to protect the integrity of our borders.
“I thank the court for their prompt attention to these issues and the patience of all involved as we have worked to resolve this issue. It’s now time to get on with the Australian Open and get back to enjoying tennis over the summer.”
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