Novak Djokovic has been deported from Australia, after the full Federal Court upheld his visa cancellation.
The world number one boarded a flight to Dubai, just hours after the full bench of the federal court handed down the decision.
In a statement, the tennis star said he is “extremely disappointed” with the Court’s ruling.
Immigration Minister, Alex Hawke, argued Novak Djokovic posed a risk to the health of the community – stating that the decision to cancel his visa was “in the public interest”.
Castan Centre for Human Rights Law, Deputy Director Maria O’Sullivan says, the rules around ‘public interest’ are too vague.
“I think there has to be a set criteria, I don’t think that the Minister for Immigration should be able to act according to their opinion about what’s in the public interest,” said Ms O’Sullivan.
The cancellation of Djokovic’s visa means he is automatically banned from entering Australia for three years, however, this ban can be overturned at a later date.
Salvatore Caruso has been called up as the “lucky loser” to replace him at the Australian Open.
Daniil Medvedev now moves into the tournament’s first seed position.
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