Novak Djokovic loses legal battle to avoid deportation from Australia
New Delhi : Tennis star Novak Djokovic lost his bid to avoid deportation from Australia, ending his 11-day sensational battle over covid vaccine status. Chief justice of Federal court, James Allsop, dismissed the tennis star's plea to reinstate his cancelled visa.
"The orders of the court are that the amended application be dismissed with costs", Allsop said announcing the unanimous decision, on the eve of the first matches at the Australian Open.
Novak Djokovic was scheduled to play on the evening of first day of Australian Open. If he had retained the title he would become the first men's tennis player in history to win 21 Grand Slams.
Now, he will have to spend more time at the detention center.
Three Federal Court justices had listened to a half-day of feisty legal back-and-forth about Djokovic's alleged risk to public order in Australia.
The Australian ministers have alleged that allowing Djokovic entry will give rise to anti-vaccine sentiment in the nation.
Despite the fact, Djokovic is unvaccinated, his lawyer said that he is not associated with any anti-vaxer movement and does not support it. The government "doesn't know what Mr Djokovic's current views are", Wood insisted.
Mr Djokovic has spent his last week in the detention center.