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Djokovic faces deportation after Australia revokes visa

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No surprise at all and totally self-inflicted.

Like Rafa said, all he had to do was get a vaccine, instead he tried to game the system.

1.Applied for the wrong visa (excuse he was given wrong information by TA)

2.False information on travel card (his assistants mistake)

3.Attended public events knowing he was positive (didn’t want to disappoint the organizer)

4.His PCR test results do not match up (still no explanation as to why)

This is more than enough to justify him getting kicked out.

Better luck next year.

35 ( +47 / -12 )

He's gone and I'm glad. He lied on his immigration papers. He recklessly and selfishly exposed people to Covid after he knew he was infected and didn't even wear a mask. He refuses to get a vaccine to stop the spread of the virus. He only cares about himself.

He's a great tennis player. As a human? Not so much...

34 ( +44 / -10 )

Covid fascism.

-32 ( +13 / -45 )

Yes! Cop that, Djokovic! All he had to do was get vaxxed. Instead, he was sneaky, lied on his immigration forms about previous travel, refused to follow health orders when infected and appeared around children. Wjo knows how many people his harmful activities have infected the past 2 years.

Djokevic is a disgrace. Good riddance to bad rubbish. You wont be missed.

27 ( +38 / -11 )

Joke of a country, lead by incompetent, disgraceful, corrupt politicians. I hope all athletes boycott events held in Australia going forward.

-38 ( +14 / -52 )

Just go home. Why bother? Come back next year.

13 ( +17 / -4 )

3.Attended public events knowing he was positive (didn’t want to disappoint the organizer)

This is probably fine since he wasn't really positive it turns out.

-25 ( +1 / -26 )

Getting tired of the fool. Deport him, and let's move on.

20 ( +29 / -9 )

Rob Nads

I hope all athletes boycott events held in Australia going forward.

In sports mad Australia? Not going to happen. In contrast to Novak, most other athletes have ethics.

22 ( +30 / -8 )

@Zoroto

Make that 3 years.

16 ( +20 / -4 )

Especially that they sent home the doubles player and the ump for the same offense. Just on those grounds alone he couldn't be allowed to play.

19 ( +21 / -2 )

Good. Return Serb. Lying NEVER a good look.

14 ( +21 / -7 )

Make that 3 years.

That's not a given. I believe that's discretionary, but he insists, they will likely throw the book at him.

8 ( +9 / -1 )

Exactly as expected but it is not over yet. Next game is likely in the judicial court to see if he can still get back to the tennis court. I read they already have it lined up so he can get to that court on the weekend to be able to still be clear by Monday for the tennis if he wins again. I wonder if Mr or Ms average Joe in the same position would be able to get to a special court over the weekend if they were in the same position!

1 ( +6 / -5 )

True. True. I wonder if he's going to appeal again, the Aussie Open begins on Monday.

-1 ( +2 / -3 )

Send him to prison!

3 ( +11 / -8 )

Something's not right about the guy:

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/tennis-how-science-sceptic-novak-djokovic-became-a-pin-up-for-the-anti-vaxx-movement/QA2ECU4SDDDF4Z5EEVV54WVLKE/

11 ( +14 / -3 )

Immigration Minister Alex Hawke said Friday he used his ministerial discretion to revoke the 34-year-old Serb’s visa on public interest grounds three days before the Australian Open is to begin.

Snap!

6 ( +11 / -5 )

https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/cancelling-a-visa

”If we refuse or cancel your visa, you might be able to request a review of our decision. You cannot appeal a decision if it was made by the minister personally.”

Oh dear.

16 ( +18 / -2 )

demazin

True. True. I wonder if he's going to appeal again, the Aussie Open begins on Monday.

On what grounds? This is ministerial discretion to revoke the visa on public interest grounds. Last time he got off on a technicality. Not much you can do against ministerial discretion.

14 ( +18 / -4 )

Tennis star Novak Djokovic could have avoided insulting the Australian Government and People.

Tennis star Novak Djokovic could have completed a full vaccination program in accordance with Australian governments boarder requirements.

No, Novak Djokovic chose to believe in his own misguided anti-vaxxer ideology above his genuinely skills as a tennis icon, professional to support the efforts or ordinary Australian people to combat Covid.

Of course Novak Djokovic skills will be missed. But not his po-faced arrogance.

9 ( +20 / -11 )

Game, set & match - Australia !

15 ( +23 / -8 )

Can he stay and play if he gets vaxed over the weekend?

-15 ( +2 / -17 )

At this point, and with everything that became public about how he travelled to Australia and got his COVID infection certificate it seems more like he was trying to prove he could get away with openly lying.

11 ( +18 / -7 )

Rob Nads - Joke of a country, lead by incompetent, disgraceful, corrupt politicians. I hope all athletes boycott events held in Australia going forward.

Is this a serious comment? He broke immigration law and has been deported for it. I fail to see how his deportation merits such a ridiculous, naive and berating tirade.

11 ( +19 / -8 )

The Open will go on with or without Djokovic. No one player is bigger than a Grand Slam tournament, and someone else will get their chance to shine. That’s the way it goes, even though it may be a hard lesson to learn for some.

4 ( +10 / -6 )

What a circus.

Need a replacement GS event. What is it worth if Nadal wins this for example? (I don’t think he will mind you)

-10 ( +7 / -17 )

Need a replacement GS event. What is it worth if Nadal wins this for example? (I don’t think he will mind you)

Spoken by a non sportsman.

Whoever wins this Major will be a fully deserved champion.

7 ( +14 / -7 )

All of his problems were caused by his self important and hubris. He had choices to do the right things: 1) get vaxxed, or 2) arrived early and quarantine for 14 days. But no, because he is a guy who plays tennis well, so rules should be applied to other plebs and not him. He should save the last of his dignity and get out.

11 ( +17 / -6 )

Need a replacement GS event. What is it worth if Nadal wins this for example? (I don’t think he will mind you)

There were plenty of GS events where neither Federer nor Nadal played. Were those events worth anything?

10 ( +12 / -2 )

No matter who is right or wrong, this saga has shown a disturbingly vindictive and intolerant face of Australia which severely harms us as we try and seek to open up again to the world.

The mentality demonstrated by the vast majority is "we backed down to government medical intervention, so so should he", plain and simple.

It's shameful and downright un-Australian. This is no longer the country that I knew and love(d).

-10 ( +9 / -19 )

Jay

No matter who is right or wrong, this saga has shown a disturbingly vindictive and intolerant face of Australia which severely harms us as we try and seek to open up again to the world.

Not at all. If the lies and behaviour weren't addressed, nobody would have respect for an Australia that panders to tennis stars who have a sense of entitlement and a disdain for the common man.

Novaks had plenty of opportunities to play in Australia, but he thought he was above all that.

5 ( +12 / -7 )

How about the other participants who were kicked out, how political was it?

One world number 84 scapegoat who had already been let in and played a match before being kicked out? That was to try and present it as not politics which was typical of the power-hungary tyrants of the Australian government.

-8 ( +3 / -11 )

If novak didn't confess maybe he could have gotten away with it. But he confessed probably thought he'll get points for being a good boy.

He should have said he has no recollection of traveling around or interviewing.

-8 ( +3 / -11 )

Anybody saying "all he had to do was get a vaccine" is ignoring the very real risks these medical interventions are having that have ended athletes' careers already. This one-sized-fits-all approach isn't doing anyone any good.

-9 ( +6 / -15 )

During the press conference, Djokovic's mom claimed that he had been subjected to "torture" in Australia. Of course, his father compared it to the persecution of Jesus Christ.

When the family was asked if Novak knowingly attended an award show with COVID, they ended the conference then put their arms around each other shoulders and burst into song.

Deport him and the rest of his lying family. He lied, broke the law, and knowingly infected others by withholding important information.

This is why we need quarantines because selfish people ruin it for everyone!

9 ( +13 / -4 )

You can’t complain about the ‘elites’ getting special treatment and now complain about them being treated the same as anyone else. Make your mind up.

He broke the law, he’s facing the consequences. Simple.

7 ( +11 / -4 )

One world number 84 scapegoat who had already been let in and played a match before being kicked out? That was to try and present it as not politics which was typical of the power-hungary tyrants of the Australian government.

Ah so there's no basis for that person and Novak to be kicked out then

What was the official reason/s again?

The world will surely see through it and rise up in defense of poor Novak

-6 ( +2 / -8 )

japantrojan

Anybody saying "all he had to do was get a vaccine" is ignoring the very real risks these medical interventions are having that have ended athletes' careers already. This one-sized-fits-all approach isn't doing anyone any good.

Which athlete's career has been ended by a covid vaccine?

8 ( +13 / -5 )

In short, this decision, like so many being made in the name of defeating CV19, is political in nature, it's not about health.

-10 ( +5 / -15 )

Anybody saying "all he had to do was get a vaccine" is ignoring the very real risks these medical interventions are having that have ended athletes' careers already. This one-sized-fits-all approach isn't doing anyone any good.

What can you say about Novak ignoring the very real risk to people of an infectious disease that already killed 5.5 million?

9 ( +12 / -3 )

"What good skill if you don't make it to the dance" B.R

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

 political in nature, it's not about health.

It's not one or the other actually, could be both.

But health is definitely a reason unless Novak is vaccinated. Is he?

5 ( +7 / -2 )

Now we have to wait and see if the Serbian government will bring him up on criminal charges for exposing others to infectious disease after a positive test (which even their prime minister confirmed, is a criminal offense).

If I were a betting person, I'd throw some money down on this as I think the odds are long.

10 ( +12 / -2 )

During the press conference, Djokovic's mom claimed that he had been subjected to "torture" in Australia. Of course, his father compared it to the persecution of Jesus Christ.

When the family was asked if Novak knowingly attended an award show with COVID, they ended the conference then put their arms around each other shoulders and burst into song."

Indeed, a bunch of clowns playing the nationalistic card..also claimed Australian govt hates Serbian people ( how many Serb immigrants in Aus again? ) and that he was forced to ensure " inhumane conditions" staring at a wall in the hotel and might have had bed bugs in his room...lol...anything that's not 5 star hotel won't do apparently..Serbian Embassy itself confirmed he was provided gluten free meals and a laptop. His family's drama performance is embarrassment off the charts.

11 ( +12 / -1 )

The correct decision that is being applauded around Australia. He needs to show some humility and moral fiber and leave now before being deported. He should never have come in the first place. Novak has shown himself to be a terrible individual who expects laws to be suspended for him while being applied to his peers. He will be banned for three years if this is upheld and it should be for life.

He is no longer welcome in Australia.

6 ( +11 / -5 )

Oh well, it's always better to get kicked out of Australia than to suffer vaccine injury.

-13 ( +4 / -17 )

At 34, he is on the cusp of diminished skills and fortunate in that Nadal and Federer are well beyond their peak(s). The young tunas are sharpening up their skills and will soon send Novak into retirement. This year will be his final year with any level of dominance.

Send him home with a three year ban.

5 ( +8 / -3 )

Amusing and simply quaint commentary. Novak lives in Monte Carlo, besides, he can acquire any vaccine he desires, due to wealth and privilege and his standing as a top professional athlete. He no more lives in Serbia than on the moon - the very peculiar reference to NATO as hindering Novak's entry into Australia, is not only queer, but stupefying. His failure to adhere to stated law and regulation, falsifying documents and refusing vaccination are the cause, not politics:

@Rob: If this guy were not from a country friendly with Russia and China which forbids NATO using any part of its territory or airspace, there wouldn't be any issue. This is 100% politics.

@Numan: Is Novak an anti-vaxxer because his pseudo-science and conspiracy theory beliefs come from the lack of confidence in the effectiveness of the Russian and Chinese made COVID-19 vaccines?

I probably would not take them, either.

2 ( +4 / -2 )

The mentality demonstrated by the vast majority is "we backed down to government medical intervention, so so should he", plain and simple.

It's shameful and downright un-Australian. This is no longer the country that I knew and love(d).

This, exactly. The Australian public is vindictive and has tall-poppy syndrome.

-6 ( +6 / -12 )

Well, if Australians are so afraid of infecting him with covid it's fine, I guess. But now, cancel Australia Open, it has no meaning anymore.

-9 ( +3 / -12 )

2020hindsights

Which athlete's career has been ended by a covid vaccine?

Pretty sure it will be a very long time before these athletes ever grace a pitch, court or field:

https://youtu.be/KDHwhrOh0Eo

Get out of your head out of the bubble for a moment and take a look around.

-9 ( +2 / -11 )

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