The will-he-wont-he play obsession around Novak Djokovic is over after the Serbian tennis star was told he would be deported after failing to meet Australia’s strict border security measures.
The world number one’s appearance at this month’s Australian Open has been in doubt for months after he refused to disclose his vaccination status, but earlier this week he revealed he was on his way Down Under having received an exemption from Tennis Australia and the Victorian government.
The revelation caused a stream of outrage on social media with calls to boycott the Australian Open, and criticism of both the Victorian and federal governments for allowing him to enter, despite his unclear vaccination status and the grounds under which he was granted an exemption.
The saga continued until Thursday morning, when Djokovic’s plane landed in Australia and he was hastily bustled into an interview with Border Security to deal with the visa issues. Just before 9am it was revealed his visa had not been granted and he would be sent home.
Djokovic’s legal team has indicated they will challenge the rejection.
Today on Please Explain, The Age’s Paul Sakkal joins Nathanael Cooper to look at what brought Djokovic to this point.
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