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Sport: Djokovic has left Australia - Serbia's president exercises sharp criticism

Novak Djokovic thanks fans for their support as he spends second night in detention while legal teams prepare for court fight ahead of Australian Open

  Novak Djokovic thanks fans for their support as he spends second night in detention while legal teams prepare for court fight ahead of Australian Open The world number one tennis player would normally spend Orthodox Christmas at a Serbian church in Melbourne. Instead he's in immigration detention waiting to see whether he will be deported from Australia."Thank you to people around the world for your continuous support. I can feel it and it is greatly appreciated," the Serbian wrote on Instagram.

Worldling Listenerster on the way to Dubai?

Novak Djokovic (2.v.li.) kurz vor dem Abflug aus Melbourne. © AFP Via Getty Images Novak Djokovic (2.v.li.) Just before the departure from Melbourne.

Novak Djokovic has left Australia. Immigration Minister Alex Hawke confirmed the departure of the 34-year-old at Twitter, which had failed on Sunday with his objection against the cancellation of his visa before the Australian Federal Court. According to media reports, Djokovic is first traveling to Dubai.

The Serb is not vaccinated against the coronavirus and wanted to participate in the Australian Open with a medical exception to the Australian Open, where only vaccinated players and players are allowed to be there.

Djokovic met minister and junior tennis players maskless day after infection

  Djokovic met minister and junior tennis players maskless day after infection The tennis champion may have picked up the virus at a basketball match where he met with a player who later tested positive to COVID-19.Court documents revealed on Saturday that the World No. 1, who remains in detention in Melbourne, claims to have learnt of his infection on December 16.

Djokovic must pay procedural costs

The decision of the court fell unanimously, it was said in the announcement of the three judges James AllSop, Anthony Besarkeo and David O'Callaghan. The justification should take place at the earliest on Monday, the first tournament day of the Australian Open. Djokovic must pay the costs of the procedure.

"I'm extremely disappointed about the decision," Djokovic shared shortly thereafter in an opinion, from which several media cited. The verdict is the final phrase in the entry history, which has moved far two weeks far beyond the tennis scene in addition to international interest. "I feel uncomfortable that I have been the focus of the past few weeks, and I hope we all focus on the game and the tournament I love," says Djokovic.

Novac Djokovic prepares to defend Australian Open legacy in Melbourne courtroom

  Novac Djokovic prepares to defend Australian Open legacy in Melbourne courtroom The eyes of the world will not descend not on Rod Laver Arena's Centre Court today but instead on the Federal Circuit and Family Court as Novak Djokovic fights to play in the Australian Open. The Serb, who has won the Australian Open a record nine times, was a strong favourite to add another title to his resume before having his visa cancelled upon arrival in Melbourne.Djokovic's campaign to solidify himself as the greatest to ever play the game has now been sidetracked by hotel detention, an impending court battle and the possibility he may never get the chance to win his 10th Australian Open.


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Outraged Reactions from Serbia

The reactions from Djokovics home Serbia to the decision failed outraged. "In Melbourne, the biggest shame happened in the story of the sport! Schäm, Australia!", Wrote the portal "Kurir.rs". "The right has lost the policy has sailed." The portal "Informer.rs" title: "Shakes like never!"

The Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic criticized the handling of Australian authorities with Djokovic. Since his arrival in Australia, this was "harassed and tormented", said Vucic on Sunday to British BBC. It was "treated like a mass murderer".

The authorities had denied Djokovic in the week in the week. A first court decision on Monday was in his favor, Djokovic then continued the preparation for the Australian Open.

The first Grand Slam tournament of the season has already won the 20-fold Grand Slam tournament winner nine times and triumphed last three years successively. He is record champion of the event. On Monday evening, the top determined should deny his first round part against his compatriot MIOMIR KECMANOVIC. For him, the Italian Salvatore Caruso now moved as Lucky Loser.

over 85,000 looking session on Youtube at

The goal of Djokovic was to become with the tenth Australian open and a total of 21st titles with a Grand Slam tournament sole record holder from Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. At the moment Djokovic shares this record with its rivals from Switzerland and Spain. All three have received 20 titles at the four most important tournaments.

The hearing in front of the Federal Supreme Court had started on Sunday morning local time at 9.30 clock. Around five hours later, the three judges had withdrawn for the verdict before they announced the decision in the early evening. More than 85,000 people, in the meantime, watched the crucial meeting on the Youtube channel of the Federal Court.

Australia finds unlikely ally in Djokovic stoush .
The lesson from the Djokovic fiasco to all sports governing bodies is that, when it comes to preserving the social licence of your sport, even the biggest name athlete is only as good as their last jab. Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt believes the lesson for other national governments is equally clear."The world saw Australia hold firm," he told The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald. "Whilst there was a lot of commentary, the vast majority of people in Australia, the vast majority of people around the world and I believe, the vast majority of countries, have and will support the position we have taken.

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