World No. 1 Novak Djokovic has been reportedly transported to a quarantine hotel in Carlton, where he will spend a couple of hours before departing Australia. Djokovic announced on Tuesday he was granted a medical exemption for the Australian Open.
Djokovic landed in Melbourne on January 5 but he was held at the Melbourne Airport for nine hours before being told his visa denied and to leave the country. Djokovic can re-apply for a visa but now that "appears increasingly unlikely."
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison reacted to the news by saying no one is above the rules, not even Djokovic.
Novak Djokovic has been transported to a quarantine hotel in Carlton where he arrived a short time ago.
It’s understood he’ll depart on a flight later tonight. Whilst he’s being deported, he can re-apply for a Visa - although that now appears increasingly unlikely #AusOpen — Clint Stanaway (@cstanaway) January 5, 2022
"Mr Djokovic’s visa has been cancelled. Rules are rules, especially when it comes to our borders. No one is above these rules. Our strong border policies have been critical to Australia having one of the lowest death rates in the world from COVID, we are continuing to be vigilant," Morrison tweeted.
Djokovic's father blasted Australian authorities
"It's a shameful decision. Deportation. All of us need to go out and welcome him [when he comes back]. I can’t talk to my son; they present him as a criminal. I'm lost for words for all what they have done to him," Srdjan told Blic.
Before Djokovic was told his visa was denied, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic warned Australian authorities to "stop harrasing Djokovic." "Just got off the phone with with Novak Djokovic. I told our Novak that the whole Serbia is with him, and that our authorities are taking all measures to stop the harassment of the best tennis player in the world in the shortest possible period.
In accordance with all the norms of international public law, Serbia will fight for Novak Djokovic, for justice and truth. Otherwise, Novak is strong, as we all know him," Vucic said in an Instagram post. Djokovic is a record nine-time Australian Open champion.