NOVAK DJOKOVIC has LOST his case at the Federal Court and will be deported from Australia.

The court confirmed that the decision immigration minister Alex Hawke made to cancel the Serb's visa was legal.

And it added that it will publish its reasons in the coming days.

Djokovic is now expected to leave his lawyers' office imminently.

The Australian Immigration Minister stated in his filing that he was "willing to accept" Djokovic did have a valid medical exemption from vaccination, and this therefore had no impact on his decision.

Rather, Hawke decided to cancel Djokovic's visa as he might be a threat to public health and good order.


Read our Novak Djokovic live blog below for ALL the latest updates…

  • Justin Lawrence

    'They've humiliated themselves'

    Serbia’s president Aleksandar Vucic claims the Australian government has humiliated themselves while trying to do the same to Djokovic.

    He also accused them of 'bullying' his country's star sports hero.

    Vucic said: "To harass the best tennis player for 11 days, and to give him the decision you made on the first day for 11 days … They think that this harassment humiliated Djokovic, but they actually humiliated themselves.

    "If you said that the one who has not been vaccinated has no right to enter. Novak would not come or get vaccinated. And not this bullying and harassment that lasted 11 days."

  • Justin Lawrence

    Djokovic praises Kokkinakis

    Djokovic found the time to congratulate Thanis Kokkinakis ATP Tour title win despite going through his immigration issues.

    The Serb messaged the Greek winner on Instagram with his praise.

  • Justin Lawrence

    'Always welcome'

    Serbia's president Aleksandar Vucic let Djokovic know he's 'always welcome' in his home country following his deportation from Australia.

    He revealed that he's already spoke to the 34-year-old and told him that his fellow countrymen can't wait to see him.

    Vucic said: "I spoke to Djokovic and told him we cannot wait to see him.

    “I told him he is always welcome in Serbia.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    Piers goads Djokovic

    Piers Morgan has branded Djokovic a 'Covid cheat' who deserved to get booted out of Australia.

    Piers took to Twitter to gloat over Djokovic's imminent deportation.

    He wrote: "BREAKING: Covid rule cheat, immigration form liar, & anti-vaxxer icon Novak Djokovic loses final appeal against deportation & will be thrown out of Australia without being able to compete in Aus Open. Good."

  • Justin Lawrence

    Morrison welcomes decision

    Australia's PM Scott Morrison has praised the news of Djokovic's deportation from his counttry.

    He now wants the Australian public to focus on the upcoming Open.

    He said: “I welcome the decision to keep our borders strong and keep Australians safe.

    "As I said on Friday, Australians have made many sacrifices during this pandemic, and they rightly expect the result of those sacrifices to be protected.

    “Strong borders are fundamental to the Australian way of life, as is the rule of law. Our government has always understood this and has been prepared to take the decisions and actions necessary to protect the integrity of our borders.

    “I thank the court for their prompt attention to these issues and the patience of all involved as we have worked to resolve this issue. It’s now time to get on with the Australian Open and get back to enjoying tennis over the summer.”

  • sstreet

    Showing some Lov

    Former Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren has tweeted his support to Novak Djokovic and fury at the Australian Government.

    The Croat posted a graphic with the hashtag 'Australia Has Fallen' with Djokovic taking on the whole country.

  • sstreet

    Every cloud has a silver lining

    The main beneficiary of Novak Djokovic's absence is likely to be Matteo Berrettini.

    The Wimbledon finalist and 7th seed is now the highest ranked player in what was the Serb's quarter of the draw.

    He now has a much easier run to a potential semi-final with Alexander Zverev or Rafael Nadal.

  • sstreet

    Order of play

    Here's what fans at the Rod Laver Arena have to look forward to on Monday, with Novak Djokovic NOT participating.

    The tennis starts at midnight UK time (11am Melbourne).

    Women's: Maria vs Sakkari (6)

    Women's: Osoria vs Osaka (13)

    Men's: Giron vs Nadal (6)

    Women's: Barty (1) vs Tsurenko (Q)

    Men's: Zverev (3) vs Altmaier

  • sstreet

    'Political circus'

    Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has condemned incumbent PM Scott Morrison for turning the Novak Djokovic situation into a "week-long political circus".

    He said: "The end of a week-long, political circus – all avoidable had Morrison not issued #Djokovic a visa in the first place.

    "He then tries to look like a hairy chested [former PM John] Howard: ‘we decide who comes here, nobody else’. Meanwhile hospital crisis off the front page."

  • sstreet

    'To be respected'

    Former Australian Open director Paul McNamee has called on everybody to respect the Federal Court's decision.

    McNamee had been a vocal supporter of Djokovic in the build-up to the case.

    He stated: "I have no more to add… our courts have made a final decision which is to be respected.

    "I wish Novak some peace on his way back home to his loving family, and trust the tournament can proceed seamlessly now."

  • sstreet

    'None of us stood for him'

    French star Alize Cornet has slammed her fellow players for failing to support Djokovic.

    She tweeted: "I know too little to judge the situation.

    "What I know is that Novak is always the first one to stand for the players. But none of us stood for him.

    "Be strong @DjokerNole."

  • sstreet

    'He would never have gone'

    Canadian tennis star Vasek Pospisil has spoken up for Novak Djokovic, stating that he would never have gone to Australia if he had not been given a medical exemption.

    Pospisil tweeted: "Novak would never have gone to Australia if he had not been given an exemption to enter the country by the government (which he did receive; hence Judge Kelly’s initial ruling).

    "He would have skipped the Australian Open and been home with his family and no one would be talking about this mess.

    "There was a political agenda at play here with the elections coming up which couldn’t be more obvious. This is not his fault.

    "He did not force his way into the country and did not 'make his own rules'; he was ready to stay home."

  • sstreet

    Lucky loser confirmed

    Novak Djokovic will be replaced in the Australian Open draw by a lucky loser.

    That man will be Italy's Salvatore Caruso, who will face Djokovic's fellow Serb Miomir Kecmanovic in the opening round.

    A fantastic opportunity for both players as the main event on Monday evening at the Rod Laver Arena!

  • sstreet

    Kyrgios tweets

    Nick Kyrgios has made his view clear on Novak Djokovic's imminent deportation with a single emoji.

    The Aussie, who previously said he "can't stand" Djokovic, has been a surprise backer of the Serb through this saga.

  • sstreet

    Djokovic statement

    "I'd like to make a brief statement to address the outcomes of today’s Court hearing.

    "I will now be taking some time to rest and to recuperate, before making any further comments beyond this.

    "I am extremely disappointed with the ruling to dismiss my application for judicial review of the decision to cancel my visa, which means I cannot stay in Australia and participate in the Australian Open.

    "I respect the Court’s ruling and I'll cooperate with the relevant authorities in relation to my departure from Australia.

    "I am uncomfortable that the focus of the past weeks has been on me and I hope that we can all now focus on the game and tournament I love.

    "I would like to wish the players, tournament officials, staff, volunteers and fans all the best for the tournament.

    "Finally, I would like to thank my family, friends, team, supporters, fans and my fellow Serbians for your continued support.

    "You have all been a great source of strength to me."

  • sstreet

    Three-year ban

    Novak Djokovic WILL be subject to a three-year ban on entering Australia, throwing any participation in future Australian Opens into doubt.

    There are some exceptions to the ban, including "compelling circumstances" which affect the interests of an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealander.

  • sstreet

    Deportation confirmed

    The Federal Court has confirmed that no further orders will be made, meaning Novak Djokovic will be deported from Australia.

  • sstreet

    'Huge implications'

    Australian TV host Patricia Karvelas says the Djokovic decision could have "huge implications" for the Australian Open.

    She did not state whether she meant this on Australian Open or future events.

    Australia is contracted to host the event until 2039 but tournament director Craig Tilley has stated that other countries would be able to put in strong bids to take it off them.

  • sstreet

    The reason Djokovic lost

    Immigration Minister Alex Hawke judged that Djokovic might be a threat to public health and good order if he was allowed to remain in Australia.

    It was for Djokovic's lawyers to disprove this beyond any doubt.

    Some of the reasons Hawke listed for his view were the Serb's previous stance on vaccinations and his failure to isolate after testing positive for Covid in his own country.

    Hawke did not mention either the error on Djokovic's form in his original application or his medical exemption to vaccination, which he said he was "willing to accept" was valid.

  • sstreet

    That's that for Novak

    Djokovic was supposed to play fellow Serb Miomir Kecmanovic in the first round of the Australian Open on Monday night (Melbourne time).

    However, it is almost inconceivable that any further submissions could be heard before then.

    It seems like this is the end of the line.

  • sstreet

    Process explained

    Chief Justice Allsop explained to international viewers that Novak Djokovic was not appealing the decision which the Immigration Minister had made.

    He was applying to the Federal Court to review the lawfulness or legality of the decision.

    The court decision was unanimous and it will file its reasons for dismissing Djokovic's case in due course.

  • sstreet

    Novak Djokovic has LOST his case!

  • sstreet

    We're underway again at the Federal Court

  • sstreet

    Decision at 6.45am

    Novak Djokovic will learn whether he can stay in Australia in just minutes.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Lawyer: Novak is low risk

    Novak Djokovic's lawyer's say the Government's OWN submissions show he offers almost no risk of passing Covid to others.

    The Serb's team also claim the government's arguments for his deportation are based on falsehoods.

    In particular, lawyer Nick Wood denies Djokovic is a powerful force in the anti-vaccination movement.

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