After a never-ending match of luxury, the decision was finally made in the Djokovic case, which left Australia and the tennis world in turmoil for eleven days. Djokovic arrived in Melbourne on January 5 and was initially refused his visa. He then spent several days in a hotel quarantine, after which a judge ordered his immediate release on January 10. Australia’s immigration minister was able to “overturn” that decision and did so on Friday “on the basis of the public interest”.
During Sunday morning’s court hearing, the three Melbourne court judges heard several hours of petitions from the Australian government, which believes the 34-year-old Serb poses a “health hazard”. The tennis player’s lawyers called the expulsion “unreasonable” and “unreasonable”.
The defense argued that the decision to revoke Djokovic’s visa was unreasonable because the government had not taken into account the impact of the tennis player’s expulsion on anti-extremist sentiment. And they responded to Immigration Minister Alex Hook, who defended the cancellation of the visa that the presence of Djovic, who speaks clearly against corona vaccination, will give impetus to the anti-vaccination movement against the Corona virus.
Several of Djokovic’s supporters gathered in court on Sunday, with Serbian flags at the ready. It is almost impossible to challenge the decision of the three federal judges, either by the government or by Djokovic himself.
Djokovic: “I am very disappointed”
Immediately after that, Djokovic responded briefly on his social media. “I am extremely disappointed with the court’s decision. I respect their decision and will cooperate with the Australian government to leave the country. I am very sorry that the focus has been on me in recent weeks and I hope we can now focus again on tennis and the tournament I love. I would like to wish all the players, officials and staff The volunteers and the fans all the best for the tournament. Finally, I would also like to thank my family, friends, my team, my supporters and my compatriots for their continued support. You have all been a great strength to me. Now I will take some time to relax before I interact more.”
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The Australian government is satisfied with the ruling
The Australian Government is pleased with the Federal Court’s decision. “The closure and security of our national borders has kept us safe during this pandemic,” said Alex Hawke, Australia’s minister for immigration. “Our citizens have made many sacrifices and the Morrison administration has no intention of deviating from that path.”
Lucky Salvatore Caruso
Djokovic will play his first match in the Australian Open tomorrow / Monday. The world number one seed was hoping to win his 21st Grand Slam title. This is only the second time in 18 years that the Serb has missed a major tournament. In 2017, he had to lose the US Open due to an elbow injury.
In the main draw for the first Grand Slam tournament of the season, he was replaced by Italian Salvatore Caruso, ranked 150th in the world. As a lucky loser, Caruso will face Serbian Miomir Kekmanovic (ATP 78) in the first round.
Tennis Australia, the organizers of the Australian Open, “respects” the court’s decision, according to a short statement. “We are looking forward to a beautiful and exciting Australian Open and we wish everyone involved the best of luck.”