NOVAK DJOKOVIC faces a three-year ban from playing at the Australian Open after being kicked out of the country.
The world No. 1 tennis player has had his visa canceled by the Australian Government and then lost the case in court in Melbourne yesterday.
If he breaks the country’s strict Immigration Act, Djokovic will not be granted a visa for three years ‘except under certain circumstances’.
The Serbs yesterday flew from Australia to ‘rest and recuperate’ with their family.
Unvaccinated Djokovic, 34, said: “I am extremely disappointed with the court’s decision to dismiss my petition for reconsideration of the minister’s decision to cancel his visa.
“I respect the court’s decision and I will cooperate with the relevant authorities regarding my departure from the country.
“I am not comfortable with the focus of the past weeks on me. I hope that we can all now focus on the game and tournament that I love. ”
The nine-time Aussie Open champion has been ordered to pay expenses and may never compete in the tournament again.
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The visa cancellation was unanimously accepted by a three-judge panel of the federal court 12 days after he arrived in the country.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison welcomed the ruling, saying it would help “keep our borders strong and keep Australians safe”.
Aussie Open officials will increase security to avoid any possible anti-dumping protests in Melbourne Park.
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