Jan 16, 2022, 02:52am
A federal court in Melbourne upheld the Australian government's decision to cancel Novak Djokovic's visa on public health and safety grounds, opening the door for his deportation from the country.
Novak Djokovic of Serbia serves during a practice session.
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A panel of judges made a unanimous decision and ordered the tennis player to pay the legal costs of the government.
The Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Australia, James Allsop, said that the court's role was not to judge the wisdom of the government's decision.
Allsop said the ruling only looked at if the decision was irrational or legally unreasonable.
The unvaccinated tennis star could be deported if Australian officials decide to ban him from entering the country for three years.
The spot for the Australian Open will be filled by the 150th ranked Salvatore Caruso.
The court ruling means that I cannot stay in Australia and play in the Australian Open. The focus of the past weeks has been on me and I hope that we can all now focus on the game and tournament I love.
Australian Immigration Minister Alex Hawke canceled the visa of tennis player Novak Djokovic because he would encourage anti-vaxxer sentiment. The decision was challenged in court by the lawyers for the man who argued that he posed no risk to the public. Travelers are only allowed to enter Australia if they have been exposed to coronaviruses. The Serbian tennis star was granted a medical exemption to play in the Australian Open because he claimed to have tested positive for a banned substance. He was deported from Australia after border authorities revoked his visa because he failed to provide enough proof for a medical exemption. The Australian government was ordered by the Federal Circuit Court to restore the visa of Novak Djokovic.
The positive covid test, in-person events, and travel documents of Novak Djokovic are included in his biography.
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