The saga of Novak Djokovic has finally come to an end in Australia. An Australian court struck down his appeal to have his visa reinstated for a second time, meaning he’ll be kicked out of the tennis tournament in Melbourne and deported out of the country.

The world No. 1 men’s tennis player and defending champion confirmed in a statement that the fight is over and he will not compete in the Australian Open.

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He would have been attempting to win his 21st career grand slam event, which would be an all-time men’s record. At 20 titles, he’s tied with Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.

While every country employs its own Covid-19 policies, it’s not clear what Djokovic’s status will be for major competitions going forward. He won the Australian Open nine times and three times in a row since 2019.

Italy’s Salvatore Caruso was handed a ‘lucky loser’ spot in the main draw in Melbourne after Djokovic lost his last-ditch legal appeal against the cancellation of his visa on Sunday.

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The unseeded Italian was pitted against Serbian world number 77 Kecmanovic, who had already made clear his dissatisfaction with the treatment dished out to Djokovic, calling his absence “a huge loss” for tennis.

Caruso was handed a straight-sets drubbing in the Australian Open first round after stepping in for the deported Novak Djokovic, as opponent Miomir Kecmanovic pledged to dedicate victory to his countryman.

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On Monday, Kecmanovic took advantage of his meeting with a much less decorated opponent, sweeping past Caruso 6-4 6-2 6-1 at Melbourne Park’s 1573 Arena, although the Italian will still pick up $36,000 in prize money.

Serbian star Kecmanovic, 22, will now meet Tommy Paul in the second round after the American eased past Kazakh qualifier Mikhail Kukushkin in straight sets in their meeting.

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Prior to his match on Monday, Kecmanovic had reportedly vowed to dedicate any victory to the deported Djokovic. Ridiculous pharma policies can not be a sportsmanship breaker in the end.

It is clear that I am disappointed with the decision of the authorities in Australia. I think that tennis lost a lot with this event in Australia, because not having the best tennis player in the world is a loss for the sport, the spectators, all of us.

RT. com / ABC Flash Point News 2022.

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Vulgar Association
Vulgar Association
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17-01-22 11:51

The Anglo Zionist Nazi Swamp declared war in sportsmanship. Melbourne is not the place to be anymore if some one is straight to the point and fight for freedom?

Jeffrey Sale
Jeffrey Sale
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Reply to  Vulgar Association
17-01-22 12:02

In Australia, if you are not vaccinated you are a second-class citizen stripped of your rights.

AO22
AO22
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Reply to  Vulgar Association
17-01-22 14:52

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AO22
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Reply to  AO22
17-01-22 14:53

Australia excepted Sputnik vaccination over the weekend?

Freedom Basic Rights
Freedom Basic Rights
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17-01-22 11:52

A prominent Belgrade skyscraper was illuminated with a message of support for Djokovic on Sunday, while fans were expected to gather at the airport to greet the 20-time Grand Slam champion.

Kunta Kinte
Kunta Kinte
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17-01-22 11:55

The Australian government thinks they humiliated Djokovic with this, the best player in the world, by the ten-day harassment, but instead they humiliated themselves and Djokovic can return to his country with his head high up and look everyone in the eye.

Krishna E Bera
Krishna E Bera
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17-01-22 11:57

If they want to avenge Novak, they should boycott and denounce the country. But not the event, since the event officials did allow them in.

Willem Engel
Willem Engel
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Reply to  baronmaya
21-01-22 01:47

Novak Djokovic: 1. He gave 1.000.000 euros to Italian hospitals for C19 2. He gave 1.000.000 euros to Serbian hospitals for C19 3. He gave money to spain for c19 4 Donated money to Australia to fight forest fires 5. Donated funds to underprivileged kids programs Melbourne city mission 6 Bought CT scanner for Belgrade hospital “Dragisa Mišović” 7. Rented a private plane to transport a girl with a rare disease for treatment in the US 8. Gave $1,000,000 to Australian Open for Junior 9. He gave 500,000 euros to fight the floods in Serbia Ten. He donated 110,000 euros… Read more »

Guillermo Calvo Mahe
Guillermo Calvo Mahe
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17-01-22 11:58

Australian tennis is now officially bush league rather than Grand Slam, at least in the eyes of anyone who values personal liberty and integrity over autocratic statism.

Dr_Caravaggio
Dr_Caravaggio
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17-01-22 12:00

Djokovic is a class act. The Australian Zionist government has once again shown itself to be the tyrannical enemy of its people. Boycott the AO and any other venue that demands players be “vaccinated.”

The experimental gene drug is a greater threat to the players than any virus. Hundreds of footballers have already died from this clot shot.

We must wake up and call it what it is. I pray for the safety of the other players, who in their ignorance, fear, or need to belong are putting themselves at great risk.

Multi Craft Men
Multi Craft Men
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18-01-22 13:12

That would mean that Djokovic would effectively be banned from competing at the Australian Open in 2023 and 2024, as well as any other tournaments within Australian borders.

Multi Craft Men
Multi Craft Men
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18-01-22 14:19

Career is over, No French, British, nor US Open anymore.