In all the drama surrounding Novak Djokovic’s attempts to participate in the Australian Open, which ultimately lead to him being deported on the eve of this year’s first Grand Slam tournament, the returns of heavyweights like Naomi Osaka and Rafael Nadal have been overshadowed. However, that did not phase the tennis star at all, as Osaka advanced on Day 1 of the Australian Open.
The ongoing saga over whether Novak Djokovic will be able to compete in the Australia Open just got a new development. Djokovic now faces deportation again as the Australian government revoked his visa for a second time. The No. 1-ranked tennis player has been unsuccessfully trying to compete in the Australian Open despite being unvaccinated for COVID-19.
Novak Djokovic’s hopes of competing for his 21st grand slam singles title at the Australian Open this month is in danger of being crushed as he was held at an airport amid outcry over his controversial “medical exemption” from getting vaccinated agreed by the tournament’s organizers. The world No. 1 and reigning Australian Open champion was held up at passport control at Tullamarine airport in Melbourne, the host city of the tournament, for several hours late at night as he was questioned.