After receiving a visa rejection from Australia, Novak Djokovic has ‘arrangements underway’ to return to Europe.
NOVAK DJOKOVIC’s travel visa has been rejected by Australian Border Force officials, and he will not be allowed to enter the country.
Novak Djokovic’s deportation from Australia is already in the works, and is expected to take place within the next 24 hours.
The Serbian arrived in Melbourne in the early hours of Thursday morning local time, but was told he would not be allowed to enter the country after a long wait at the airport.
Djokovic’s participation in the Australian Open later this month has been in doubt due to Covid restrictions in Melbourne, where the tournament is held, for some time.
To enter the Australian state of Victoria, all visitors must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
Those who have not received the vaccine must obtain a medical exemption, or they will be turned away at the border.
Djokovic has repeatedly refused to say whether he has been vaccinated, citing medical confidentiality as an excuse.
On Tuesday, the tennis legend informed fans that he had been granted “exemption permission” and would be arriving in Australia in time for the tournament.
However, reports began to emerge while he was in the air, claiming that officials had discovered some discrepancies with the visa application his team had submitted before taking off.
He was detained and questioned by Border Force agents at Melbourne Airport for several hours after landing, while coach Goran Ivanisevic and other members of his entourage awaited news.
Djokovic’s father went on a rant to Serbian media, claiming that his son was being held in a room under police guard.
In an Instagram post, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic addressed the situation, accusing Australian officials of “harrassment.”
“Serbia will fight for Novak Djokovic, justice, and truth in accordance with all international public law norms.”
By the way, as we all know, Novak is a formidable opponent,” Vucic added.
But eventually, he received word that his visa had been denied and that he would have to leave.
Djokovic had not met “appropriate standards of proof” to be allowed into Australia, according to Australian health minister Greg Hunt.
While the world number one’s lawyers are said to be preparing to appeal the decision, deportation preparations are said to be well underway.
“Brinkwire News Summary.”