Novak Djokovic Has Been Deported, He’s On An Emirates Flight To Dubai

by Staff | January 16th, 2022, 12:31 pm

Following the decision by the Federal Court which did not rule to re-instate Novak Djokovic’s visa, the world No. 1 has already boarded a 14-hour Emirates flight from Melbourne to Dubai and is headed perhaps back to Belgrade. He left Melbourne at 10:39pm, almost five hours after the Court ruled.

After losing his appeal, the Serb will now await the Court’s decision on whether he will be banned from Australia for up to three years, as law mandates.

Djokovic said after the decision, “I am extremely disappointed with the Court ruling to dismiss my application for judicial review of the Minister’s decision to cancel my visa.”

Djokovic’s next event could be in either Doha in mid February or in Dubai at the end of February. Otherwise, it’s unclear if he’ll be allowed into the U.S. for either Indian Wells or Miami due to his vaccination status.

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9 Comments for Novak Djokovic Has Been Deported, He’s On An Emirates Flight To Dubai

Tennis Vagabond Says:

Really too bad not to have THE giant of the sport for the first slam.

I don’t know if Novak was honest or not. Either way, I wonder what his plan was BEFORE getting COVID in December.

Lots of questions that will impact his legacy. For now, I just think its too bad for tennis fans.

skeezer Says:

“ATP continues to strongly recommend vaccination to all players”

tennismonger Says:

^ That was terse…

(Mostly) radio silence from the ATP has been deafening. Probably for the best.

Let the games begin.

Ron Taylor Says:

No-vacc. Could you do some good and work to rid the southern border of your country from landmines?

chrisford1 Says:

So you know, there was more the ATP put out than what Skeezer summarized. It was not “terse”.

“Today’s decision to uphold Novak Djokovic’s Australian visa cancellation marks the end of a deeply regrettable series of events. Ultimately, decisions of legal authorities regarding matters of public health must be respected. More time is required to take stock of the facts and to take the learnings from this situation.

Irrespective of how this point has been reached, Novak is one of our sport’s greatest champions and his absence from the Australian Open is a loss for the game. We know how turbulent the recent days have been for Novak and how much he wanted to defend his title in Melbourne. We wish him well and look forward to seeing him back on court soon.

ATP continues to strongly recommend vaccination to all players.”

tennismonger Says:

^Check. I clicked the link & read the thing.

It struck me a bit as “damning with faint praise.” But maybe that’s just me.

Still, props to the composer of said statement – it said what needed to be said, no more, no less.

skeezer Says:

I did post the link to the entire statement.

chrisford1 Says:

Skeezer – you are right. I was commenting on how tennismonger characterized your post and summary as “terse” when the whole ATP statement was not.
I should have said “read the whole statement Skeezer linked to”.

There will be more written. And unless Djokovic gets vaccinated like almost all the other pros and officials are, there will be more Djokovic anti-vaxxer controversies. But I don’t want to take away from the well deserving efforts of other players during the AO. I have rooted for other deserving men before when Novak is not playing, Andy, Monfils, Ferrer, and Rafa at times – and a whole bunch of woman players not named Serena.
I’ve added Daniil Medvedev to my men’s list and I also like 3 other up and comers on the men’s side.

skeezer Says:


“,,There will be more written. And unless Djokovic gets vaccinated like almost all the other pros and officials are..”

Yep, and this is not all about AU:

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