Novak Djokovic‘s final bid to avoid deportation and play in the Australian Open despite being unvaccinated against COVID-19 ended Sunday when a court unanimously dismissed the No. 1-ranked tennis player’s challenge of a government minister’s decision to cancel his visa.
Djokovic said he was “extremely disappointed” by the ruling but respected it. He released a statement shortly after three Federal Court judges unanimously upheld a decision made Friday by Immigration Minister Alex Hawke to cancel Djokovic’s visa on public interest grounds because he is not vaccinated.
Djokovic, 34, has won a record nine Australian Open titles — including three in a row — but he won’t get the chance to try for a 10th this year. Hawke confirmed Sunday that Djokovic “has now departed Australia.”