Tennis champion Novak Djokovic is banned from entering Australia after authorities discovered there was a problem with his visa application.
On Tuesday, Djokovic said that he had received an “exemption” to the Australian vaccination regulations and would play at the Australian Open this month.
But the Serbian star, who has won the Grand Slam tournament nine times, was detained at Melbourne Airport for more than eight hours and said he had confiscated his phone, a claim that has been refuted by Australian officials.
Djokovic, who previously advocated anti-Vax views, had sparked outrage Down Under after revealing that he had received an exemption from the country’s coronavirus rules. Tournament organizer Confirmed the exemption was granted on medical grounds.
Scott Morrison, the Australian Prime Minister, heralded Wednesday to say Djokovic would be on “the first plane home” if he could not provide evidence of his request for a vaccination exemption.
After Djokovic was expelled, Morrison became added: “Rules are rules, especially when it comes to our limits. Nobody stands above these rules. “
Greg Hunt, Australia’s Minister of Health, later said Djokovic failed to provide “adequate evidence” of entering Australia and was sent home.
Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić also weighed in on Wednesday evening after a conversation with Djokovic: “I told our Novak that all of Serbia is with him and that our body is doing everything to ensure that the harassment of the world’s best tennis player ends immediately.”
Srdjan Djokovic, the tennis star’s father, had complained that his son was “caught” and beaten by Australian border guards, “if they don’t let him go in half an hour, we will gather on the street, this is a fight for everyone.”
The Australian border police confirmed on Wednesday evening that Djokovic is not allowed to stay in the country.
“The ABF will continue to ensure that those who arrive at our border comply with our laws and entry requirements,” it said in a statement.
“The ABF can confirm that Mr. Djokovic did not provide adequate evidence to fulfill the entry requirements to Australia and that his visa was subsequently canceled.
“Non-citizens who do not have a valid visa upon entry or whose visa has been canceled will be arrested and deported from Australia. The ABF can confirm that Mr Djokovic had access to his phone. “