Government Tries To Sabotage Career Of Tennis Star Because He’s Unvaccinated

( Tennis star Novak Djokovic was deported back to his home country of Serbia on Monday putting an end to his hope of defending his title in this week’s Australian Open.

His lawyers were in an Australian court on Sunday arguing that Djokovic should be allowed to stay and compete under a medical exemption due to a COVID infection last month.

Djokovic tested positive for COVID-19 on December 16, which he used as his argument for being allowed to enter Australia, but his visa was initially canceled on January 6 by a border official who concluded Djokovic did not qualify for a medical exemption.

Djokovic won his appeal to stay for the Open, but Australia’s immigration minister revoked his visa. In Sunday’s hearing, three Federal Court judges ruled unanimously to uphold the immigration minister’s decision to cancel Djokovic’s visa.

So Monday morning, Djokovic was aboard an Emirates flight to Dubai where he then boarded a plane to Belgrade.

Anyone at the Australian Open, players, coaches, spectators, anyone at the tournament, are required to be vaccinated. Djokovic, however, was not vaccinated. His attempt to get the medical exemption from the required vaccination did not sit well with Aussies who have endured strict lockdowns and restricted travel since the COVID pandemic began.

Over 95 percent of the Top 100-ranked men and women are vaccinated. Two tennis stars, American Tennys Sandgren and Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert chose to skip the Australian Open due to the vaccination requirement.

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic called Sunday’s hearing in Australia “a farce with a lot of lies.” He told reporters on Monday that Australia had tried to humiliate Djokovic with this harassment but “they actually humiliated themselves.”

Djokovic has won the Australian Open nine times, including three titles in a row. He has a total of 20 Grand Slam singles trophies and ties Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer as the most in the history of men’s tennis. Of the three, only Rafael Nadal will be at this week’s Australian Open.