Novak Djokovic was forced to leave the country and missed the opening day of the Australian Open

2022-04-27 0 By

The Federal Court of Australia on Wednesday rejected Novak Djokovic’s application for a visa to stay in Melbourne.A “bitterly disappointed” Novak Djokovic has accepted his fate at the Australian Open by jetting off to Dubai.Not only will he not be able to defend his ninth title, but he will also face the possibility of losing his position as the world’s no. 1 tennis player.Novak Djokovic’s appeal against the cancellation of his visa by Immigration Minister Alex Hawke was heard on Sunday by three federal court judges, SBS reported.Chief Justice James Allsop said the three judges unanimously ruled in favor of the government’s decision to cancel Mr. Djokovic’s visa.Mr Alsopp noted that “Hawke’s decision on Djokovic’s visa” was not “part of the functioning of the court”.The court was “unable to give reason today”, but further reasoning on the court’s decision would be released “at a later date”.The court’s decision means Djokovic will not be able to play in the Australian Open.Salvatore Caruso of Italy, ranked 150th in the world, has replaced Djokovic in the Australian open draw.A few hours after the court ruling, Djokovic left for Melbourne airport.Federal officials escorted Djokovic and his team from the business lounge to the gate and then boarded an Emirates flight to Dubai.The court ruling also means Djokovic automatically faces a three-year ban on applying for a new visa to come to Australia.However, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison left the door open for Djokovic to return to Australia within the three-year period.Morrison said he would not make any demands for Djokovic to return to Australia earlier amid the intense international interest in the turbulent saga.”Under the right circumstances [everyone] will have the opportunity to return to Australia and it will be judged on the circumstances at the time.”Morrison told 2GB Radio.Morrison also said it was in the public interest to cancel Djokovic’s visa.”Hard borders are fundamental to the Australian way of life, as is the rule of law.Our government has always understood this and is prepared to take the necessary decisions and actions to protect the integrity of our borders.”Following his expulsion from Australia, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said Novak Djokovic had been “harassed” but could return to Serbia “with my head held high”.Vucic accused The Australian authorities of “harassing” Djokovic and called the court’s decision “a farce”.Despite the absence of Novak Djokovic, the Australian Open officially began in Melbourne on Sunday and will last for two weeks.On the court, rather than in the courtroom, fans can enjoy the exciting matches of Rafael Nadal, Ash Barty and defending champion Osaka on The 17th.Two-time Grand Slam champion and current world No. 1, Barty scored her first victory at the Adelaide International on Sunday, THE Australian Broadcasting Network reported.Nadal, a 20-time Grand Slam champion, has also been quietly preparing for the start of the Australian Open in a bid for a 21st grand Slam title.Since returning from injury, Nadal has won the Melbourne Summer Tournament trophy.It was his first Australian win in 13 years and gave him his 89th tour title.Pulling out of last year’s French Open and later revealing she was suffering from mental health issues made Osaka the biggest draw in tennis.Fans are hoping Melbourne will lead the return of one of its most talked-about stars.It is worth mentioning that China’s Zheng Qinwen (Wang Qiang) opened with the first win on The 17th, and Chinese tennis players Wang Qiang, Wang Xiyu and Zheng Saisai will also play on the 17th.(Translated by Noe)