Novak Djokovic latest news as men’s tennis No1 loses court hearing before Australian Open
Novak Djokovic har lost his appeal over his Australian visa being cancelled after a court dismissed the men’s world No 1’s appeal, meaning he now faces deportation.
Three Federal Court judges upheld a decision made on Friday by the immigration minister and likely means that Djokovic, who is not vaccinated against COVID-19, will remain in detention in Melbourne before being deported.In a separate blow for Djokovic and his hopes of solidifying his position as the greatest men’s player of all time in terms of most Grand Slams won, his deportation order usually also includes a three-year ban on returning to Australia, hvilken, på 34 års alder, could spell an end to realistic hopes of winning in Melbourne again.
The minister cancelled the visa on the grounds that Djokovic’s presence in Australia may be a risk to the health and “good order” of the Australian public and “may be counterproductive to efforts at vaccination by others in Australia.”
Djokovic’s visa was initially cancelled on Jan. 6 at Melbourne’s airport hours after he arrived to compete in the first Grand Slam of 2022. A border official cancelled his visa after deciding Djokovic didn’t qualify for a medical exemption from Australia’s rules for unvaccinated visitors.
Følg de siste nyhetene, reaction and analysis below as Djokovic’s hopes of defending his Australian Open title appear to be over
Novak Djokovic confirms Australian Open withdrawal after losing appeal over Australian visa
A statement from the Serbian read: “I would like to make a brief statement to address the outcomes of today’s Court hearing.
“I will now be taking some time to rest and to recuperate, before making any further comments beyond this.
“I am extremely disappointed with the Court ruling to dismiss my application for judicial review of the Minister’s decision to cancel my visa, which means I cannot stay in Australia and participate in the Australian Open.
“I respect the Court’s ruling and I will cooperate with the relevant authorities in relation to my departure from the country.
“I am uncomfortable that the focus of the past weeks has been on me and I hope that we can all now focus on the game and tournament I love.
“I would like to wish the players, tournament officials, personale, volunteers and fans all the best for the tournament.
“Finally, I would like to thank my family, venner, team, støttespillere, fans and my fellow Serbians for your continued support. You have all been a great source of strength to me.”
Piers Morgan celebrates as ‘cheat’ and ‘liar’ Novak Djokovic loses appeal
Piers Morgan has branded Novak Djokovic a “cheat” and a “liar” while celebrating his defeat over an appeal against cancelling his Australian visa.
The Serbian now faces deportation from Australia with his hopes of defending his Australian Open title now in tatters.
The 34-year-old was due to play his first-round match on Monday evening, but will now remain in detention ahead of deportation.
And Morgan was quick to relish the decision by the Federal Court, with Chief Justice Allsop confirming the decision was reached “unanimously”.
The Serbian’s hopes of defending his title in Melbourne now appear to be over with his first-round match scheduled for Monday evening
Novak Djokovic to be deported from Australia after judges uphold decision to cancel visa
The men’s world number one had been waiting since Monday when the original decision to cancel his visa to enter the country was quashed. Immigration minister Alex Hawke on Friday exercised his personal powers to cancel it for a second time “on health and good order grounds” before a Federal Court hearing on Sunday decided his fate.
Chief Justice Allsop spoke to initially confirm the unusual decision had been take to allow court proceedings to be recorded. He then revealed a “unanimous decision” had been reached. “The orders of the court are, en: the amended application to be dismissed,” Judge Allsop said. “Two: reasons to be published at a later date.”
Djokovic now faces a potential three-year ban from Australia after his fate was confirmed 24 hours before he was due to begin his Australian Open title defence
Novak Djokovic case: What next for tennis star and his team?
If Djokovic pursues a High Court special leave application (or hearing), it will still likely ultimately see him removed from the Australian Open 2022 tegne.
There is likely not enough time for it to be heard before his scheduled first-round Djokovic tomorrow.
Djokovic and his lawyers will now meet to consider their next move and any further action they wish to take.
They will return in half an hour to confirm their intention, though there was not an immediate vow to continue fighting deportation.
Djokovic will be ordered to pay legal costs to the government too.
Chief Justice Allsop spoke to initially confirm the unusual decision had been take to allow court proceedings to be recorded. He then revealed a “unanimous decision” had been reached.
“The orders of the court are, en: the amended application to be dismissed,” Judge Allsop said. “Two: reasons to be published at a later date.”
There will be a new Australian Open men’s champion as Djokovic will now be unable to defend his title due to facing deportation.
That means Miomir Kecmanovic will instead face a ‘lucky loser’ in the first round tomorrow evening.
We do not know which player that will be at this stage.
That match will be at around 10am GMT tomorrow following home favourite Ash Barty in the Rod Laver Arena in the evening session, though it could now be moved to another court given Djokovic will not be involved anymore.
Djokovic waits on visa verdict
Djokovic was freed from detention six days ago after an initial decision to cancel his visa his last week was quashed, but Hawke used his personal power to reimpose the sanction.
The nine-time Australian Open champion immediately mounted another legal challenge and the parties were back in court on Sunday morning.
Hawke’s decision on Friday was unexpectedly based not on the validity or otherwise of Djokovic’s exemption from Covid-19 vaccination but on the notion his presence in the country could stoke anti-vaccination sentiment, making him a danger to public health, as well as civil unrest.
To succeed in an appeal, Djokovic’s legal team had to prove that Hawke had either acted outside his powers or that his decision was irrational.
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Novak Djokovic has lost his Federal Court Case. The decision was unanimous.
The Serbian will now face deportation and be required to leave Australia.
Djokovic will receive the written reasons for the decision in the coming days.
We’re waiting on the decision potentially in the next few minutes…
Either the decision of the minister is upheld and Djokovic is able to be deported or the decision of the minister is quashed and Djokovic will be released.
Djokovic’s lawyers make case demands
Novak Djokovic’s lawyers have announced that should they be successful with their appeal, they want the order to resemble Judge Kelly’s in the Federal Circuit Court.
That is to say that Djokovic would be released within 30 minutter. They also want costs.