Novak Djokovic will not be able to defend the Australian Open title. The tennis star, who won first place in the tournament, lost his appeal against the Australian Government’s decision to cancel his visa on Sunday morning. According to the Associated Press. He left the country after a unanimous decision by three judges to leave for Dubai. The Australian government could still give him a three-year ban from entering the country.
The three judges on Friday upheld the decision by the Immigration Minister to revoke the 34-year-old Serb visa for reasons of public interest, saying his presence could be a risk to the health and “good order” of the Australian public and “likely”. It’s against the efforts of other Australians to integrate. “
Djokovic will play his first match of the tournament on Monday against Miomir Kecmanovic from Serbia. However, Djokovic issued a statement expressing his disappointment with the decision and stating that he would not be able to attend.
The controversy over Djokovic’s visa and his presence in Australia stems from the non-vaccination of COVID-19. All players in the tournament must be vaccinated, but the organizers were allowed to grant exceptions to the players.
Djokovic was granted an exception and arrived in Australia earlier in January. Shortly afterwards, his team was arrested for a visa visa procedure. A border official revoked his visa after Djokovic ruled that there were no medical exemptions for vaccinated visitors from Australian rules.
If Djokovic is unable to play, he will remain tied with Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer with the top 20 men’s Grand Slam caps.