Jan 16, 2022
By Jeremy Logan
Novak Djokovic faces deportation rather than playing his first-round Australian Open match on Monday.
The nine-time and defending champion was scheduled to play a night match on Day 1 in a program announced on Sunday while Djokovic was still in legal limbo.
Three judges in the Federal Court later upheld the immigration minister’s decision to cancel Djokovic’s visa.
The Australian government revoked Djokovic’s visa on Friday due to issues surrounding his stance against COVID-19 vaccination.
He was drawn to play fellow Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic in the first round.
Under Grand Slam regulations Djokovic will be replaced by a so-called “lucky loser” because he withdrew after the order of play was released.