Eventually, Novak Djokovic loses the trial and returns to Serbia
Novak Djokovic will be deported from Australia. The court decided to reject his request for a visa refund.
The decision was made this Sunday. The reason for the disapproval was taken with the claim that Djokovic's presence in Australia could cause civil unrest. The costs of the trial were also borne by him.
This decision deprives him of the opportunity to play in the Australian Open.
In a statement, Djokovic said he was extremely disappointed with the decision.
"I respect the court's decision and will co-operate with the relevant authorities regarding my departure from the country," he said.
"I am embarrassed that the focus of recent weeks has been on me and I hope that now we can all focus on the game and the tournament that I have in mind. "I want to wish the players, the tournament officials, the staff, the volunteers and the fans all the best for the tournament."
Djokovic said he intended to take some time to rest and recover before making any further comments.
Djokovic's lawyers argued that the decision was illogical, irrational and unreasonable.
Djokovic arrived in Australia on the evening of 5 January. He believed a visa issued on November 18 and a medical exemption approved by Tennis Australia and a panel of independent Victorian government experts would suffice to enter Australia.
Djokovic's visa was initially revoked by the Australian Border Forces a few hours after he arrived at Melbourne Airport and he was taken to a detention hotel. The reason was the lack of vaccine against Covid.