Game, set and expulsion! Novak Djokovic has to leave Australia. As the federal court in Australia ruled on Sunday, the Serbian tennis star’s appeal against his denied entry and the annulment of the visa was rejected. The three judges said the decision was unanimous. The reason should be given on Monday at the earliest. No appeal can be lodged against the judgment. According to the AAP news agency, an appeal to the High Court is possible. However, the chances of success are low.
The Serb himself accepts the decision, but is no longer considering legal action. This means that the “Djoker” cannot take part in the Australian Open and thus win a 21st Grand Slam title. Djokovic has won the Australian Open nine times. The number one in the world rankings was “bitterly disappointed” in a first statement about the decision. “I’m uncomfortable that I’ve been the focus for the past few weeks and I hope we can all focus on the game and tournament I love now,” Djokovic continued.
Novak Djokovic has to leave Australia eleven days after entering Australia. The visa was withdrawn from the Serb. Now he wants to gather strength before making any further comments. In any case, the verdict triggered mixed reactions. While the verdict was received mostly positively in Australia, the Serbian press criticized the decision. The “Telegraph” speaks of a “scandalous decision.” The sheet “Objective” also follows the choice of words. “Novosti” headlined it with the words “Shame and disgrace.” The expulsion decision was welcomed by Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
“Now is the time to get on with the Australian Open and enjoy the summer of tennis again,” the Prime Minister wrote on Facebook. The decision was made for reasons of “health, safety and order,” Morrison wrote. It is “in the public interest”.
Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic struck a different tone: “I think the court decision is scandalous. I’m disappointed. I think it shows how the rule of law works, or rather doesn’t work, in some other countries.” Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic recently criticized Australia harshly. He’s with me too Djokovic spoken. “I told him we can’t wait to see him. I said that he is always welcome in Serbia.”
After entry to Australia was finally refused, world number one Novak Djokovic was replaced by Italian Salvatore at the Australian Open Caruso replaced. The number 150 in the tennis world moves up as a so-called “lucky loser” and plays in the first round against the Serb Miomir Kecmanovic.
In any case, the starting position at the Australian Open is more open than ever before. Because in addition to Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka are also injured. Rafael Nadal is the only player in the tableau who has already won in Melbourne. There are quite a few contenders for a title. Above all, Alexander Zverev and Daniil Medvedev are now considered the big favorites.