After an investigation that rocked the world of sports over the past few days, World Number 1 tennis star Novac Djokovic was finally ushered out of Australia on Sunday for not being vaccinated against COVID-19.
Djokovic was deported from down under on Sunday after losing a bid to stay in the country to defend his Australian Open title despite not being vaccinated against COVID-19. He spent the past 10 days at the center of a dizzying drama over his vaccination status that has polarized opinion worldwide and struck a chord in Australia, where coronavirus cases are surging.
On Sunday, a masked Djokovic was seen in a Melbourne airport lounge with two government officials in black uniforms before he left for Dubai. It’s not clear where he will go from there. Among the possibilities are Spain, Monaco, or his native Serbia. Just when the court announced his deportation, a disappointed Djokovic told the media he was “extremely disappointed”, but that he respected the ruling and would cooperate with authorities.
Djokovic said he was “uncomfortable” that the focus had been on him since his visa was first canceled on Jan. 6. “I hope that we can all now focus on the game and tournament I love,” he said. “I will now be taking some time to rest and to recuperate, before making any further comments beyond this.”
What’s more is that a deportation order could also ban him from Australia for three years — keeping the player from the tournament he has won a record nine times in the coming years.