Transcript for Novak Djokovic to miss Australian Open
- In just a few hours, the Australian Open gets underway without the defending champ Novak Djokovic. The tennis great flew out overnight after a final ruling on his deportation. Here's ABC'S Britt Clennett.
BRITT CLENNETT: Tonight, Novak Djokovic deported after losing his last ditch effort to stay and defend his Australian Open title. The Serbian tennis star flying to Dubai just hours after a three judge panel ruled unanimously to uphold his second visa cancellation.
- The orders of the court are one, the amended application be dismissed with costs.
BRITT CLENNETT: The nine time Australian Open champion argued he entered the country on a medical exemption, because he had recovered from COVID-19 last month. His visa was canceled by Australian border officials upon his arrival at the airport. Djokovic later won an appeal allowing him to stay in the country and practice until the court decided his fate. Djokovic releasing a statement after the ruling saying he was extremely disappointed and adding, "I'm uncomfortable that the focus of the past few weeks has been on me and I hope that we can now all focus on the game and tournament I love."
Unable to play, the top-ranked player now facing potentially a three-year ban into Australia. Prime Minister Scott Morrison praising the decision, saying Australians expect the sacrifices they've made during the pandemic to be protected. Linsey.
LINSEY DAVIS: Britt, Thanks so much.
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