Djokovic deported from Australia arrives in Dubai

As previously reported, Novak Djokovic landed in Dubai on Monday after being deported from Australia for failing to comply with the country’s coronavirus vaccination requirements. The men’s reigning champion deplaned from an Emirates flight with two luggage and a mask, with his eventual destination still up in the air.

The stunning ejection occurred after a protracted legal battle between Djokovic and the Australian authorities that divided opinion and damaged the reputations of both sides. When his visa was denied on the grounds of public disturbance, Djokovic expressed his disappointment, saying he was “very sad.”

He might now face a three-year ban from Australia, where he won nine of his 20 Grand Slam titles, matching him with Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer for the most in the sport’s history.

Djokovic deported from Australia arrives in Dubai

Australia’s prime minister, Scott Morrison, said that “a very clear message was communicated.”However, he said that Djokovic may return in three years “under the appropriate conditions.”A radio interview with the president followed up with the statement: “It’s a three-year restriction, but there is a possibility for them to return under the proper conditions.”

After a humiliating loss in the Australian Open final, Djokovic boarded a plane from Melbourne’s Tullamarine airport to Dubai late on Sunday. Emirates flight EK409 took off at 10:51 p.m. local time (1:151 a.m. GMT) and landed in Dubai before sunrise the next morning.

Due to a wave of Omicron incidents in the preceding 11 days, Australia had to cancel Djokovic’s visa twice in as many days. On two occasions, the Serbian star appeared in court, winning one round but losing the critical one on Sunday in Australia’s Federal Court, before Judge James Allsop.

Djokovic expressed his disappointment by saying, “I hope we can all now focus on the game and event that I like.”While Djokovic’s reputation is being harmed, Australia’s anti-foreigner sentiment is increasing. Despite the drama, Morrison, who faces a challenging reelection campaign this year, is unlikely to get a negative response from the general public.

Djokovic is widely seen as having abused the system in order to circumvent vaccine admission requirements, and many Australians are happy to see him leave the country. “I think they requested him to go in the proper manner. If Djokovic were present, it would be a Djokovic show. AFP reported that at Melbourne Park, tennis enthusiast Simon Overton said that the Australian Open is about “far more than myself.”

Others, including as Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, were outraged by Djokovic’s expulsion from Australia. In a statement to state media, Vucic said, “They feel they have humiliated Djokovic by mistreating him over a ten-day period, but they have disgraced themselves.”

During the stormy days leading up to the Australian Open — and Djokovic’s expulsion — it was discovered that the tennis star had contracted Covid-19 in mid-December and had failed to isolate despite testing positive.

According to publicly available papers, a media interview was conducted immediately after he was tested and his present sickness was determined to be true. Rather than testify in order to dispel the impression that he is anti-vaccine, Djokovic chose not to. He has become something of an anti-vaccine symbol,” said Stephen Lloyd, a government lawyer. “It is believed that his presence here contributes to an anti-vaccination viewpoint.”

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