Novak Djokovic deported after losing Australia visa battle - BBC News

  • Published on Jan 15, 2022
  • Novak Djokovic has been deported from Australia after losing a last-ditch court bid to stay in the country.
    Judges rejected a challenge by the unvaccinated tennis star after the government cancelled his visa on "health and good order" grounds.
    Djokovic said he was "extremely disappointed" but accepted the ruling. He has left on a flight to Dubai.
    It marks the end of a 10-day saga, in which the Serb fought to stay to defend his title in the Australian Open.
    Mishal Husain presents BBC News at Ten reporting by Shaimaa Khalil in Melbourne.
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Comments • 4 447


    He ended up “in the court” instead of “on the court”. Small difference that brings about huge implications.

  • -NENCY- Go To My ChanneI! L!VE NOW

    Djokovic is the first player to be knocked out of a grand slam tournament after missing only two shots.

  • MrHEC381991

    All the other players: Oh thank god, I might have a chance of winning now.

  • Stan Jr
    Stan Jr  +8

    People wake up they're making an example of him. If a world tennis player can "loose his job" so can you. So be scared and do what they say or else is the message!

  • PerceivedReality

    Not much attention on the authorities who granted Novak the visa. Only attention on Novak, who simply got granted a visa and subsequently thought that he could play.

  • slartibartfast

    If this was the UK it would have folded, apologised and then given him a knighthood.

  • Peter 7
    Peter 7  +222

    The blame for this mess is on Tennis Australia. They knew the governments requirements for the tournament and gave him a medical exemption anyway. Then to top it off, he lied on his visa application, anyone in any country would be deported for that. The F1 drivers and team couldn't get one, nor could the British cricket team. What make him so special!

  • Robert Nicolae

    Someone holding a Serbian flag and speaking with an Australian accent is objectively funny

  • Jeannette Wilke

    Rules apply to everyone.

  • Arash
    Arash  +25

    Djokovic must be most upset with his lawyers/advisors who didn't act on his best interests. The law gives the Minister the power to deport anyone and It was obvious that the court wouldn't be able to change the law neither to say if the Minister's judgement was wrong.

  • rolqvist
    rolqvist  +67

    Expected.. Aussie gov is one of d most strict in law execution in d world.. it would b a crazily surprise if Aussie totally allow no vaccine visitors coming in, cause they don’t even allow certain vege n plantation, or pets or animals to come in 😂

  • Be Still
    Be Still  +72

    Naive…. No one is indispensable…

  • Dennis Marfo

    "When a true genius appears in this world, you may know him by this sign: that dunces are all in confedracy against him".

  • Rainstorm

    Still I could vividly remember the former Australian Immigration Officer's analysis of the situation which repeatedly indicate favor for Novak's side according to the law. Now Boom! Things fall apart! The Judges used common sense instead to make the ruling.

  • B 747
    B 747  +2

    Seems many people don't know their right. And..they want others to be treated same as them to make them feel fair. They fight/argue to make others same as them but not think about their own right.

  • Miguel
    Miguel  +8

    Without him it’s boring ..great Novak!! Keep

  • Claudius Moi

    Glad to see this news

  • helixworld

    Disappointed to hear the reasons given by the AUS gov't, because we are capable of making up our own minds. However it is the correct decision based on health grounds and entry requirements. Djokovic did not qualify for an exemption and should never have been granted one. It was a foot-fault by Tennis Australia, and a own-goal by immigration department, but it nothing out of the ordinary for them.

  • Zarz Kilk

    Did I disappoint you or let you down?

  • PerceivedReality

    Novak just applied for a visa via medical exemption rule, and subsequently he was granted visa entry into Australia. Obviously had he known that the original decision was going to be overturned upon his arrival he never would have flown there in the first place.