Novak Djokovic has been forced to leave Australia following a federal court decision. The federal court rejected his appeal against the cancellation of the visa. The Serb traveled to the Australian Open and initially wanted an exception. But the authorities initially refused him entry. An appeals court on Sunday rejected his objection to the renewed withdrawal of the visa. Djokovic then had to leave Australia, according to his own statements, “extremely disappointed”. The Serb (34) is now threatened with a three-year entry ban.
This ended Djokovic’s hopes for his 21st Grand Slam title one day before the start of the Australian Open. Today, Monday, Djokovic was welcomed by 30 camera teams and some fans in Belgrade. The Serb made no comment and immediately went to his home in Belgade. But his vaccination status could have even more far-reaching consequences for Djokovic.
If the Serb remains unvaccinated, participation in the Grand Slam tournament in Roland Garros in May could become impossible. According to the French Sports Minister Roxana Maracineanu, due to new legal provisions, domestic and foreign athletes will only be able to take part in competitions if they are vaccinated or have recovered.
With the arrival of Djokovic, politics in Serbia was rather cautious. Top politicians did not initially pose with him on Monday. Goran Vezic, the Deputy Mayor of Belgrade, at least announced that Djokovic will receive the City of Belgrade Prize. The illumination of an office tower on the banks of the Sava, which can be seen from afar, also went to the account of the capital’s administration. Primed with the Serbian national colors of red, blue and white, the lettering “Nole, you are the pride of Serbia” ran across the building. Nole is a pet form of the given name Novak.
Reactions in Australia to Australia’s expulsion have been overwhelmingly positive. While the Serbian press spoke of a scandal, the media in Australia spoke positively. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who is under pressure because of the high number of infections and upcoming elections, said in a radio interview on Monday after Djokovic’s departure that “a very clear message” had been sent. However, he hinted that Djokovic “under the right circumstances” could also return to Australia before the three-year period expired. Thus, a comeback of the Serbs at the Australian Open might be possible as early as 2023.