Transcript for Novak Djokovic will not play Australian open
- Latest on Novak Djokovic, the tennis star will not be playing in this year's Australian Open. Overnight, judges in Australia upholding the decision to cancel his visa and deport Djokovic. Now, he was hoping to defend his title in Australia. ABC'S Britt Clennett has been covering the story from Hong Kong. Good morning to you.
- Good morning, Eva. That's right. After all the twists and turns in this, Djokovic is now being sent packing. A court in Australia upholding a decision to cancel his visa again.
This morning, Novak Djokovic losing his fight to stay in Australia for a second time. The world number one tennis player releasing a statement, saying he's disappointed with the ruling which means he cannot stay in Australia and participate in the Australian Open. "I will cooperate with the relevant authorities in relation to my departure from the country."
Sunday's three-judge panel at the Australian federal court unanimously agreeing to uphold his second visa cancelation. The court finding that Djokovic's lawyers failed to demonstrate how the earlier decision was unlawful, irrational, or unreasonable.
And he may not be able to return to Australia for three years, costing him a chance to defend his title. The Australian government's lawyer said during Sunday's hearing that Djokovic had become an icon for anti-vaccination groups. Djokovic's legal team arguing there isn't enough evidence to prove that his presence in Australia would stoke anti-vaccine sentiment.
Djokovic's fans and anti-vaccine protesters gathering to support the tennis champion.
- Novak Djokovic is not an anti-vaxxer. He's a voice for human rights and human choice. He's never stated that he's anti-vax. He has always just stated that he wants to control what enters his body.
BRIT CLENNETT: Before the ruling are the professional tennis players weighing in on the situation.
GARBINE MUGURUZA: I think that all this could have been avoided, like we've all done, by getting vaccinated and doing all the things we have to do to come here in Australia because everybody knew very clearly the rules. And we just have to follow them.
- As expected, there's plenty of reaction to this online, with Serena Williams' Coach Patrick Mouratoglou saying the biggest loser of this mess is the tournament, saying he hopes we can just get on with it and start talking about the tennis. Janai?
JANAI NORMAN: So many developments leading up to the tournament that starts this week. Britt, thank you so much.
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