Novak Djokovic lost his final bid to avoid deportation from Australia on Sunday, ending his sensational 11-day battle over Covid-19 vaccination status and ending his 21st record-breaking Grand Slam. I smashed my slam dream.
In some dry words, Australian Federal Court Supreme Court Justice James Allsop exempted unvaccinated tennis superstars from an attempt to revive a canceled visa on Sunday.
On the eve of the first match at the Australian Open, Allsop announced a unanimous decision, stating that “the court’s order is to costly dismiss the amended application.”
The 34-year-old defending champion and first seed were scheduled to play on the first night. If he holds the title, he will be the first men’s tennis player to win 21 Grand Slams.
Instead, openly anti-covid vaccine tennis superstars are set to remain in custody while waiting for a swift flight from Australia.
Three federal judges listened to half-day fierce court talks about the risk of Djokovic’s allegations of public order and morals in Australia.
Immigration Minister Alex Hawke said Jokovic’s position could stimulate anti-vaccine sentiment, confront some people with a pandemic without vaccination, and encourage anti-vaccine activists to gather in protests and rallies. rice field.
The player’s strong legal team portrayed Australia’s efforts to deport him as “irrational” and “irrational,” but was sometimes pointed out by a committee of three judges. I faced a question.
His lawyer Nick Wood sought to systematically dismantle the central government debate.
Despite the Serbian star not being vaccinated, Wood claimed that his client did not seek anti-vaccer support and had nothing to do with the movement.
The government “doesn’t know what Mr. Djokovic’s current view is,” Wood claimed.
Djokovic spent most of last week in an immigration camp. His visa was revoked twice by the government because he refused to get the Covid-19 vaccine before his arrival. This is a requirement for most visitors.
Government lawyer Stephen Lloyd said the fact that Jokovic had not been vaccinated for two years in a pandemic and repeatedly ignored safety measures, including the fact that Covid-19 was positive but could not be quarantined. Said that it was sufficient evidence of his view of the vaccine.
“He is now an icon for vaccination groups,” Lloyd said. “He is perceived to support the opposition to vaccination, whether right or wrong, and his presence here is believed to contribute to it.”
In a written submission, the government also noted that Djokovic chose not to submit evidence at the hearing.
“If corrections were needed, he could set the record straight. He wasn’t-it has important consequences.”
Due to the form of the court, the judge’s decision will be very difficult to appeal from either side.
In addition to immediate deportation, Serbian stars also face a three-year ban from Australia.
Scott Morrison’s government has previously failed to remove Djokovic once. He has not been vaccinated and recent Covid infections are not sufficient for medical exemption.
A judge in the lower circuit court ruled that Melbourne Airport officials made a procedural error in canceling their visa.
For several days, Djokovic was free to train before revoking his second visa and returning to the infamous Melbourne immigration detention center.
Many Australians suffering from long-term blockades and border restrictions believe that players have gamed the system to fend off vaccine entry requirements.
The incident has been captured by cultural warriors in a fierce debate over how to deal with vaccines and pandemics.
The Australian Immigration Minister acknowledges that the risk of Jokovic infecting Australians is “negligible”, but his past “ignore” of the Covid-19 regulation poses a risk to public health and pandemic rules. He argued that it could encourage people to ignore.
Tennis Ace was infected with Covid-19 in mid-December and, according to his own explanation, could not be isolated, even though he knew he was positive.
According to public records, he attended a stamp unveiling ceremony, a youth tennis event, and allowed media interviews when he was tested and confirmed to have the latest infection.
Djokovic is associated with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal with 20 Grand Slam titles each.
Spain’s great Nadal swiped his rivals on Saturday, and players complained that the scandal had cast a shadow over this year’s opening Grand Slam.
“The Australian Open is far more important than any other player,” Nadal told reporters at Melbourne Park.
“The Australian Open will be a great Australian Open with or without him.”
Last updated: January 16, 2022 10:30 am
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