Novak Djokovic shall be deported from Australia and won’t participate within the Australian Open after his legal professionals didn’t persuade three senior judges of his proper to remain in Melbourne.

Chief Justice James Allsop, Justice Anthony Besanko and Justice David O’Callaghan unanimously determined Djokovic didn’t have grounds to dispute Immigration Minister Alex Hawke’s deportation order. 

Mr Hawke wielded his discretionary energy on Friday afternoon to cancel the world primary’s visa and deport him, regardless of a courtroom ruling final week in his favour, after the federal government’s legal professionals argued he’d grow to be an ‘icon’ for anti-vaxxers. 

The 20-time Grand Slam champion stated he was ‘extraordinarily disillusioned’ within the end result of the case, however that he ‘revered’ the courtroom’s resolution and would co-operate with authorities.

Immigration Minister Alex Hawke in the meantime stated he ‘welcomed’ the courtroom’s resolution to ‘train my energy to cancel Mr Djokovic’s visa within the public curiosity’. 

Chief Justice James Allsop made clear Djokovic couldn’t launch an official attraction in opposition to Mr Hawke’s resolution. As a substitute, he had the chance to have the judges evaluate the order primarily based on its benefit and lawfulness.

Djokovic consequently is more likely to be compelled on to a aircraft and deported from Australia inside hours in will even need to cowl the prices of all authorized charges within the case. 

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison stated the cancellation of Djokovic’s visa was made ‘on well being, security and good order grounds. Australians have made many sacrifices throughout this pandemic and so they rightly anticipate the results of these sacrifices to be protected.’

Novak Djokovic will be deported from Australia and will not take part in the Australian Open after his lawyers failed to convince three senior judges of his right to stay in Melbourne (Djokovic pictured November 2021)

Novak Djokovic shall be deported from Australia and won’t participate within the Australian Open after his legal professionals didn’t persuade three senior judges of his proper to remain in Melbourne (Djokovic pictured November 2021)

Djokovic was briefly permitted to leave his detention hotel to view the court case from his lawyer's office, but will now be forced onto a plane and swiftly deported

Djokovic was briefly permitted to go away his detention lodge to view the courtroom case from his lawyer’s workplace, however will now be compelled onto a aircraft and swiftly deported

Supporters of tennis star Novak Djokovic wait outside Federal Court of Australia as Novak Djokovic loses chance to play at Australian Open as Australian court dismisses his appeal against deportation order in Melbourne, Australia on January 16, 2022

Supporters of tennis star Novak Djokovic wait exterior Federal Court docket of Australia as Novak Djokovic loses probability to play at Australian Open as Australian courtroom dismisses his attraction in opposition to deportation order in Melbourne, Australia on January 16, 2022

Novak Djokovic's high-powered legal team, led by Nick Wood in the centre, have lost in their attempt to have the tennis ace play in the Australian Open

Novak Djokovic’s high-powered authorized crew, led by Nick Wooden within the centre, have misplaced of their try to have the tennis ace play within the Australian Open

Djokovic released a statement minutes after the ruling was handed down this morning, acknowledging his disappointment with the outcome, which will prevent him from competing in his favourite Grand Slam where he has been victorious a stellar nine times (pictured Feb 2021)

Djokovic launched an announcement minutes after the ruling was handed down this morning, acknowledging his disappointment with the result, which is able to forestall him from competing in his favorite Grand Slam the place he has been victorious a stellar 9 occasions (pictured Feb 2021) 

The world No.1 was required to show to the courtroom that Mr Hawke acted irrationally or legally unreasonably in selecting to make use of his discretionary powers.

Full causes for the choice shall be launched within the coming days.   

Djokovic launched an announcement minutes after the ruling was handed down this morning, acknowledging his disappointment with the result, which is able to forestall him from competing in his favorite Grand Slam the place he has been victorious a stellar 9 occasions.

‘I’m extraordinarily disillusioned with the Court docket ruling to dismiss my software for judicial evaluate of the Minister’s resolution to cancel my visa, which implies I can’t keep in Australia and take part within the Australian Open.

‘I respect the Court docket’s ruling and I’ll cooperate with the related authorities in relation to my departure from the nation.

The Serb additionally thanked his household, associates, followers and fellow countrymen for his or her unwavering assist all through his authorized proceedings. 

Justice Allsop earlier stated he accepted Djokovic may very well be seen as ‘an iconic sports activities star that’s setting an instance that isn’t perfect to be adopted’.

‘If Mr Djokovic gained the Open, as he has previously, there’s an instance embedded within the Minister’s reasoning that that is an instance for younger and never so younger followers of tennis.’  

The federal government didn’t point out whether or not they would take up the choice to forestall Djokovic from making use of for a visa to enter Australia for the following three years.

Immigration Minister Alex Hawke stated: ‘I welcome at present’s unanimous resolution by the Full Federal Court docket of Australia, upholding my resolution to train my energy below the Migration Act to cancel Mr Novak Djokovic’s visa within the public curiosity.’  

Djokovic will be deported after failing to overturn Minister Hawke's decision to cancel his visa (the tennis star is pictured with his wife Jelena)

Djokovic shall be deported after failing to overturn Minister Hawke’s resolution to cancel his visa (the tennis star is pictured along with his spouse Jelena)

Goran Ivanisevic, the coach for Serbia's Novak Djokovic, sitting in a van, leaves the lawyer's office after the disappointing court outcome for his team

Goran Ivanisevic, the coach for Serbia’s Novak Djokovic, sitting in a van, leaves the lawyer’s workplace after the disappointing courtroom end result for his crew

Novak Djokovic’s assertion in full after Federal Court docket loss 

I wish to make a quick assertion to deal with the outcomes of at present’s Court docket listening to. I’ll now be taking a while to relaxation and to recuperate, earlier than making any additional feedback past this.

I’m extraordinarily disillusioned with the Court docket ruling to dismiss my software for judicial evaluate of the Minister’s resolution to cancel my visa, which implies I can’t keep in Australia and take part within the Australian Open.

I respect the Court docket’s ruling and I’ll cooperate with the related authorities in relation to my departure from the nation.

I’m uncomfortable that the main focus of the previous weeks has been on me and I hope that we are able to all now give attention to the sport and event I like. I wish to want the gamers, event officers, workers, volunteers and followers all the most effective for the event.

Lastly, I wish to thank my household, associates, crew, supporters, followers and my fellow Serbians on your continued assist. You’ve all been an incredible supply of power to me.

Greater than 83,000 individuals had been tuned in to the Federal Court docket livestream of the proceedings by 11am to look at the showdown. 

Responding to Djokovic’s argument deporting him would trigger havoc – with riots and protests anticipated within the streets of Melbourne – legal professionals for the federal government stated they’d not be deterred primarily based on the worry of public backlash.

They insist he poses an ‘overwhelming danger’ to the Australian public – demonstrated by his resolution to disregard security measures in his house nation and attend work obligations whereas knowingly contaminated with Covid-19. 

‘The Commonwealth shouldn’t be sure to undergo the presence of an alien for worry of what would possibly occur in the event that they had been eliminated,’ Stephen Lloyd, for the Minister, stated on Sunday afternoon. 

‘Rightly or wrongly, he’s perceived to endorse an anti-vaccination view.’

He famous vaccination charges in Djokovic’s house nation of Serbia had been considerably decrease than in Australia, indicating the tennis star was a ‘talisman’ of anti-vax sentiment.

Whereas Australia has a vaccination fee of 92.5 per cent, lower than half of all eligible Serbians are double-jabbed. 

Mr Lloyd argued this demonstrated the Minister’s perception that Djokovic may very well be seen to affect his followers primarily based on his personal perceived stance on vaccines and ‘might foster anti-vaccination sentiment in Australia’. 

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews provided a reducing comment in the direction of Djokovic within the aftermath of the choice.

‘This event, this Grand Slam event – one of many huge 4 – is far larger than anyone particular person,’ he stated.  

‘It is quite simple, simply get vaccinated. After which everybody’s time would not need to be wasted with this.’ 

Djokovic’s high-powered authorized crew, led by Nick Wooden SC, took challenge with Mr Hawke’s reasoning for cancelling the visa, which was primarily a results of his resolution to not get vaccinated in opposition to Covid.

They rebuffed statements Djokovic has ‘a well known stance on vaccination’. 

Mr Wooden argued feedback the tennis star made about vaccines in April 2020 which have been used to justify the Minister’s resolution should not essentially related.

They are saying Djokovic insisted he was ‘not an professional’ and would do what was finest for his physique, after indicating he would not need to be ‘compelled’ to take a Covid vaccine effectively earlier than a jab to guard in opposition to the virus had even been developed. 

The Minister, the courtroom heard, by no means requested Djokovic to verify his current stance on vaccination and has not publicly aligned himself with both aspect of the argument.

‘The minister just isn’t permitted to cancel a visa primarily based on an evidence-free figment of his creativeness,’ Mr Wooden stated.

Victoria Premier Dan Andrews (pictured) said he hoped the ongoing visa saga wouldn't take away from Melbourne's 2022 Australian Open, before declaring: 'This tournament, this Grand Slam tournament – one of the big four – is much bigger than any one person. It's very simple, just get vaccinated. And then everyone's time wouldn't have to be wasted with this.'

Victoria Premier Dan Andrews (pictured) stated he hoped the continued visa saga would not take away from Melbourne’s 2022 Australian Open, earlier than declaring: ‘This event, this Grand Slam event – one of many huge 4 – is far larger than anyone particular person. It is quite simple, simply get vaccinated. After which everybody’s time would not need to be wasted with this.’

Novak Djokovic has left his immigration detention hotel and is heading to his lawyer's office as he launches a last-ditch attempt to stay in Melbourne and compete in the Australian Open

Novak Djokovic has left his immigration detention lodge and is heading to his lawyer’s workplace as he launches a last-ditch try to remain in Melbourne and compete within the Australian Open

Mr Wood, during his lengthy submissions this morning, failed to build his argument that Mr Hawke acted irrationally in cancelling his client's visa

Mr Wooden, throughout his prolonged submissions this morning, didn’t construct his argument that Mr Hawke acted irrationally in cancelling his consumer’s visa

Responding to Djokovic's argument deporting him would cause havoc - with riots and protests expected in the streets of Melbourne - lawyers for the government said they would not be deterred based on the fear of public backlash

Responding to Djokovic’s argument deporting him would trigger havoc – with riots and protests anticipated within the streets of Melbourne – legal professionals for the federal government stated they’d not be deterred primarily based on the worry of public backlash

This black car, which many fans were convinced was taking Djokovic away from his lawyer's office on Monday night, was quickly surrounded as police tried to keep them back

This black automotive, which many followers had been satisfied was taking Djokovic away from his lawyer’s workplace on Monday evening, was rapidly surrounded as police tried to maintain them again

There were jubilant scenes on the streets on Melbourne on Monday night after Novak Djokovic was freed from immigration detention

There have been jubilant scenes on the streets on Melbourne on Monday evening after Novak Djokovic was free of immigration detention

However Mr Lloyd argued Djokovic’s private or personal ideas imply little or no given the way in which he’s perceived by the Australian public.

‘Individuals use excessive stage athletes to advertise concepts and causes on a regular basis,’ he stated. ‘I am not saying that is promoting however his connection to a trigger – whether or not he needs it or not – remains to be current.

‘His presence in Australia was seen to pose an amazing danger and that’s what has motivated the Minister.’ 

He additionally cited Djokovic’s historical past of breaching public well being orders.

By his personal admission, Djokovic didn’t heed the recommendation of his personal authorities after testing constructive to Covid, assembly with a journalist and posing for a photograph with out his masks simply days after returning a constructive take a look at.

‘The applicant has a historical past of ignoring security measures,’ Mr Lloyd stated.

‘When he was contaminated he undertook an interview and a photograph shoot [with L’Equipe] which included taking his masks off and the minister took the view his presence in Australia would encourage individuals to emulate his obvious disregard for these sorts of security measures.’

The Immigration Minister cited potential unrest, rallies and protests as part of his reasoning for cancelling Djokovic's visa again. On Sunday, fans slowly began arriving outside his lawyer's office and the Federal Court awaiting the outcome of his court case

The Immigration Minister cited potential unrest, rallies and protests as a part of his reasoning for cancelling Djokovic’s visa once more. On Sunday, followers slowly started arriving exterior his lawyer’s workplace and the Federal Court docket awaiting the result of his courtroom case

Serbian fans of Djokovic are slowly building outside the Federal Court of Australia as his lawyers argue his right to stay in Melbourne and compete in the Australian Open

Serbian followers of Djokovic are slowly constructing exterior the Federal Court docket of Australia as his legal professionals argue his proper to remain in Melbourne and compete within the Australian Open

Australian PM’s assertion on Djokovic deportation in full 

The Full Federal Court docket of Australia unanimously determined to dismiss Mr Novak Djokovic’s software for judicial evaluate which sought to problem the Minister for Immigration’s resolution to cancel his visa.

This cancellation resolution was made on well being, security and good order grounds, on the idea that it was within the public curiosity to take action. I welcome the choice to maintain our borders sturdy and hold Australians protected.

As I stated on Friday, Australians have made many sacrifices throughout this pandemic, and so they rightly anticipate the results of these sacrifices to be protected.

Over the pandemic, collectively we’ve achieved one of many lowest demise charges, strongest economies and highest vaccination charges, on this planet. Sturdy borders are basic to the Australian lifestyle as is the rule of regulation.

Our Authorities has at all times understood this and has been ready to take the selections and actions crucial to guard the integrity of our borders.

I thank the Court docket for his or her immediate consideration to those points and the endurance of all concerned as we’ve labored to resolve this challenge. It’s now time to get on with the Australian Open and get again to having fun with tennis over the summer season.

 

Chief Justice Allsop appeared to swing towards the federal government’s argument, telling Mr Wooden the Minister has the facility to attract on ‘rational and cheap use of notion and customary sense’ in figuring out Djokovic’s views. 

In courtroom paperwork filed late on Saturday, the Minister argued his resolution to cancel Djokovic’s visa had little to do with concern about him infecting others with Covid.  

As a substitute, he stated Djokovic’s conduct and ‘place on vaccination… might encourage others to emulate him by purpose of his excessive profile and standing’.

‘If others had been inspired to take up or preserve resistance to vaccination or to COVID-19 restrictions, then that will current an issue for the well being of people and the operation of Australia’s hospital system,’ courtroom paperwork state.  

The federal government’s authorized crew states the above causes fall ‘comfortably’ throughout the Minister’s jurisdiction to train his energy to cancel a visa. 

The onus was on Djokovic’s authorized crew to show the choice was not rational, logical or authorized. They can’t merely argue that the ‘higher’ resolution can be to permit him to remain.  

Mr Wooden, throughout his prolonged submissions this morning, didn’t construct his argument that Mr Hawke acted irrationally in cancelling his consumer’s visa.

He tried to argue Mr Hawke didn’t contemplate the ramifications of deportation.   

‘It was irrational, your honours, for the Minister to solely ponder the prospect of the fostering of anti vax sentiment which may accrue from Mr Djokovic enjoying tennis, in different phrases being current, and but not contemplate the binary various, which was the prospect of anti vax sentiment being fostered by… coercive state motion,’ Mr Wooden stated.

‘It’s considerably perverse to undertake such a slim focus or lens.’ 

Mr Wooden stated the one proof tying Djokovic to anti-vax activists took place after the preliminary resolution to cancel his visa and when he was detained within the immigration lodge.

‘If he hadn’t have been cancelled, these individuals who had been galvanised by coercive state motion… there is no logical connection that those self same individuals would flip up and chant simply because he performs tennis.

‘The anti-vax protests have been directed to motion by the state… motion by the state perceived to have some coercive impact… Proof means that was the one set off.’ 

However Mr Lloyd swiftly rebutted, arguing the Minister did contemplate all choices and knew there can be dissatisfaction with whichever resolution he made.  

Djokovic shall be launched from immigration detention solely to board a flight again to his house nation of Serbia, the place followers have already taken to the streets in protest over his remedy in Australia.

Many are of the impression he was ‘lured’ right here solely to be humiliated.

Followers additionally stormed the streets of Melbourne after the preliminary courtroom case, and it’s anticipated they’ll do the identical at present.

The end result of the listening to can be dangerous information for Tennis Australia, who must swiftly rejig the competitors draw inside hours to accommodate for one much less participant.  

The key reasons behind Novak Djokovic's (pictured with wife Jelena) visa cancellation have been revealed with Immigration Minister Alex Hawke saying his presence in Australia may 'foster anti-vaccination sentiment'

The important thing causes behind Novak Djokovic’s (pictured with spouse Jelena) visa cancellation have been revealed with Immigration Minister Alex Hawke saying his presence in Australia might ‘foster anti-vaccination sentiment’

NOVAK DJOKOVIC’S AUSTRALIAN OPEN EPIC VISA SAGA 

Novak Djokovic’s defence of his Australian Open title stays doubtful after Australian immigration officers cancelled his visa for the second time. 

Here is how the saga has unfolded:

Jan 4: Djokovic tweets that he’s on his approach to the Australian Open below a medical exemption. He writes on Instagram: ‘I’ve spent improbable high quality time with my family members over the break and at present I am heading Down Underneath with an exemption permission. Let’s go 2022!!’

Jan 5: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison warns Djokovic he shall be on the ‘subsequent aircraft house’ if his medical exemption is deemed inadequate, and is adamant Djokovic is not going to obtain preferential remedy.

Jan 5: Djokovic’s visa is cancelled upon his arrival in Melbourne. The Australian Border Power declares that the participant ‘failed to offer applicable proof to satisfy the entry necessities for Australia’.

Jan 6: Djokovic is distributed to the Park Resort in Melbourne after being refused a visa. He launches an attraction, which is adjourned till 10am on January 10. Serbian president Aleksandar Vucic says Djokovic is the sufferer of ‘persecution’.

Jan 9: Djokovic’s legal professionals declare he was granted a vaccine exemption to enter Australia as a result of he recorded a constructive Covid-19 take a look at in Serbia on December 16. Nonetheless, social media posts recommend he attended quite a lot of social occasions within the days following his obvious analysis.

Jan 10: Djokovic’s visa cancellation is quashed by Choose Anthony Kelly, who orders the Australian Authorities to pay authorized prices and launch Djokovic from detention inside half-an-hour. Djokovic says he’s ‘happy and grateful’ and desires to ‘keep and attempt to compete’.

Jan 11: Djokovic’s title defence stays doubtful because the Australian Immigration Minister ponders whether or not to over-ride the courtroom’s ruling, reportedly attributable to an alleged deceptive declare made by Djokovic on his entry kind referring to his actions within the 14 days previous to arrival in Australia.

Jan 12: Djokovic admits making an ‘error of judgement’ by attending an interview with a French journalist whereas Covid constructive. He provides that, though he attended a kids’s tennis occasion the day after being examined, he didn’t obtain notification of the constructive take a look at till after the occasion.

Jan 13: Djokovic is drawn to face fellow Serb Miomir Kecmanovic within the first spherical.

Jan 14: Immigration minister Minister Alex Hawke cancels Djokovic’s visa for a second time, saying in an announcement it was ‘on well being and good order grounds’.

Jan 15: Djokovic’s legal professionals have a minor win in courtroom, with the choose agreeing to have the matter heard by a panel of three judges on Sunday – a call fiercely opposed by the federal government 

Jan 16: Djokovic LOSES his attraction and is instructed he shall be deported 

Reporting by PA