Why Novak Djokovic's visa was cancelled as family complain he's 'prisoner' in Australia

Tennis star Novak Djokovic is currently being deported from Australia until an appeal is filed. The country has strict vaccination laws and the Serbian was denied his visa on arrival

The 34-year-old will currently not be able to compete at this year’s Australian Open (

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Controversy erupted at the Australian Open after one of the biggest tennis stars was brought home.

Serb Novak Djokovic is waiting for his deportation from Australia due to complications related to his vaccination status and state laws regarding Covid-19.

Novak’s father pounded the situation into an extraordinary curse and said: “Tonight you can throw him in a dungeon, tomorrow you can put him in chains.

“The truth is that it is like water and water paves its own way. Novak is the Spartacus of the new world who does not tolerate injustice, colonialism and hypocrisy.

“This is not a fight for the libertarian world, this is not just a fight for Novak, but a fight for the whole world!”

Novak Djokovic, pictured with the Border Force in Melbourne after landing on Wednesday, will have to remain in isolation in a refugee detention center until next Monday after a court adjourned his appeal to remain in the country



The 34-year-old will currently not be able to compete at this year’s Australian Open.

Why is Djokovic being ordered to leave Australia?

Why was Novak Djokovic’s visa canceled?

A van believed to be carrying Djokovic arrives at a quarantine hotel in Melbourne on January 6


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Upon his arrival Down Under, Djokovic was stopped at customs and his visa refused.

Djokovic is known to be critical of vaccines and the tennis star claimed to have a medical exemption from Tennis Australia but his visa application was denied upon arrival in the country.

His legal department appealed the decision, the outcome of which is expected Monday, and he is being held at a hotel until then.

Australian laws on Covid-19 are extremely strict and there was a backlash when it was first announced that Djokovic would not need to be quarantined upon arrival in Australia, despite an exception procedure.

Meanwhile, leaked letters from Australian Health Secretary Greg Hunt could suggest the Open organizers are responsible for failing to inform that only fully vaccinated people can enter the country quarantine-free.

Who is Novak Djokovic?

Djokovic said he was given a medical exemption and was then banned from entering Australia



The number 1 in the world, Novak Djokovic, has a joint record of 20 Grand Slam titles together with his competitors Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. He has won the Australian Open nine times.

The Serbian tennis champion has been embroiled in an antivax scandal in the past few months after the star spoke out against vaccinations, saying he refuses to allow members of the public to be forced to be vaccinated against the Covid-19 virus.

He is considered one of the greatest players in the game, known for his athleticism, but also a polarizing figure within the sport because of his views on vaccinations.

The Australian Open starts on January 17th.

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