Embattled tennis star Novak Djokovic has left Australia after a court ruling to deport him
Refusing to get vaccinated has resulted in the Serbian star not being able to defend his Australian Open title and possibly not being allowed to return to the country for three years.
A court on Sunday unanimously dismissed the No. 1-ranked tennis player’s challenge of a government minister’s decision to cancel his visa.
“I am extremely disappointed with the Court ruling to dismiss my application for judicial review of the Minister’s decision to cancel my visa, which means I cannot stay in Australia and participate in the Australian Open,” Djokovic said in a statement. “I respect the Court’s ruling and I will cooperate with the relevant authorities in relation to my departure from the country.”
A masked Djokovic was photographed in a Melbourne airport lounge with two government officials in black uniforms. He left at approximately 11 p.m. local time on an Emirates flight to Dubai, the same United Arab Emirates city he flew to Australia from.
If either Daniil Medvedev or Alexander Zverev win the tournament, Djokovic will also lose the number one ranking in men’s tennis.