The Serbian has won 9 of 20 Australian Open grand slam titles and is set to headline the center court evening show as the tournament’s curtain lifter.
However, world No. 1 was expelled from the country after three Federal Court magistrates unanimously rejected the 34-year-old’s request to appeal the Australian government’s decision to revoke her visa on public health grounds. The decision was made less than 18 hours before the start of the first Australian Open main draw games.
Said it was Djokovic
extremely disappointed however, he added that he respected the decision of the mandate.
leave the country. He also admitted that he intended.
rest and recuperate.
Joker He was seeking a medical exemption approved by a committee of two independent doctors and Tennis Australia to exceed the Australian Open’s COVID-19 vaccine requirements.
Djokovic is not vaccinated, and the government has stated that his presence could stimulate the anti-vaccine movement.
The legend began on January 5, when Djokovic’s plane landed at Melbourne Airport.
” I’ve been uncomfortable being the center of attention for the past few weeks. I hope now we can all focus on the sport and tournament we love. »
The Australian federation has issued a statement in which it states:
To respect the decision of the Federal Courtbefore adding this
We look forward to the action starting at the 2022 Australian Open and wish all players good luck..
Djokovic’s absence means there is only one champion in the men’s draw: Rafael Nadal, the winner of the 2009 tournament. The Spaniard is also the only person to defend their 21st title and break the tie that remains in the league. big tree With Djokovic and Roger Federer. Secondly, he still stays off the field after undergoing a series of knee surgeries.
Djokovic’s dominance at grand slam tournaments was particularly impressive. He has won four of the last seven games and finished second in the other two. He was only sent off from the final at the 2020 US Open, where he was disqualified in the fourth round after a ball hit a lineman’s throat after one game.
Last season, Djokovic took a 27-1 win in the majors with just one win at Flushing Meadows, becoming the first player to complete a grand slam in a single year since Rod Laver in 1969.
On Monday, he would face his 78th-ranked compatriot Miomir Kecmanovic on the Rod-Laver Arena court. Kecmanovic will instead play against Italian Salvatore Caruso, who lost his first match in the playoffs but was drafted.
Third seed Alexander Zverev will start his race against Daniel Altmaier in midfield.
Pospisil defended Djokovic
After the decision was announced, Canadian Vasek Pospisil, who was the doubles champion at Wimbledon in 2014 and worked with Djokovic to develop a player rights association, posted a message on Twitter.
.. talk about this mess. There was a political agenda that could not have been clearer with the upcoming elections. This is not his fault. He did not forcibly enter the country and did not “make his own rules”; was ready to stay at home. [2/2]
— Vasek Pospisil (@VasekPospisil) January 16, 2022
There were obviously political motives [dans cette décision] With the Australian elections fast approaching.
This is not his fault. He did not enter this country by force, nor did he write his own rules.
Pospisil says Djokovic will not travel to Australia and
stays at home with his family if he had not received the medical exemption, which turned out to be very problematic.
ATP described Djokovic’s absence from Melbourne Park as follows:
a loss for the sportHe added that it was the decision of the court.
marks the end of the sad chain of events.
He also claimed
continues to strongly recommend that all its players be vaccinated.
More than 95% of the world’s top 100 players have been vaccinated against COVID-19.
Patrick Mouratoglou, a trainer who has worked with Serena Williams and other headlines, said:
The biggest loser in this debate is undoubtedly the tournament..
In Serbia, President Aleksandar Vucic called these legal actions
fill it with a lot of lies.
” They believe they have humiliated Djokovic after 10 days of harassment, but the humiliation is for them. Had they stated that an unvaccinated person was not allowed to enter the country, Novak would either not have gone or have been vaccinated. »
Mr. Vucic said he had spoken to the actor and told him that he would always be welcome in his country. However, he did not say whether he wanted to go to Serbia after Djokovic’s deportation from Australia.
Australian Immigration Minister Alex Hawke welcomed the court’s decision.
Australia’s border control and security policies have protected us during the pandemic, which has reflected one of the lowest death rates and strongest economic recovery in the world. Our vaccination rates are among the highest on the planet“Minister Hawke,” he said.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison also welcomed the Federal Court’s decision.
This decision will help maintain a strong border policy to keep Australians safe.