Australian authorities denied entry to the world’s number one tennis player Novak Djokovic of Serbia for failing to provide appropriate evidence to meet entry requirements on Thursday.
“Mr. Djokovic’s visa has been canceled. Rules are rules… No one is above these rules,” Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said.
“We will continue to make the right decisions when it comes to securing Australian borders in relation to this pandemic,” Morrison added.
Morrison also said that Djokovic would be put “on the next plane home” if he could not provide “sufficient evidence” to warrant a medical exemption to play in this month’s Australian Open without a Covid-19 vaccination.
Meanwhile, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said he had reassured Djokovic “that the whole of Serbia is with him,” and that their government agencies are working hard to ensure that “the harassment of the world’s best tennis player is brought to an end immediately.”
Morrison denied claims of harassment and said it was an individual case.
Djokovic’s lawyers have launched a Federal Circuit Court challenge to the Australian government’s decision to deport him from the country.
The court has reserved a full hearing date for Monday, but government lawyers have reserved the right to seek a ruling to remove Djokovic from the country before that hearing.
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