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Djokovic arrives in Dubai after exile from Australia Nation World News

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates ( Associated Press) – Novak Djokovic arrived in Dubai early on Monday after he was deported from Australia because of a required COVID-19 vaccination, leaving the No. 1-ranked men’s tennis player on the verge of defending his Australian Open title. Hopes are gone.

The Emirates plane carrying Djokovic took off after a 13 1/2-hour flight from Melbourne, where he argued in court that he should be allowed to stay in the country and was granted medical exemption due to the coronavirus infection last month. Must participate in the tournament under ,

Dubai International Airport was quiet on Monday morning as flights started arriving from Australia and Asia. Passengers wearing mandatory face masks collected their bags and left the cavernous terminal. The first Muslim call for prayer before sunrise is echoed at the terminal.

It was not immediately clear whether Djokovic planned to travel further. The Dubai Duty Free Tennis Tournament, which Djokovic won in 2020, will not start until February 14.

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Dubai, the commercial capital of the United Arab Emirates, does not require passengers to be vaccinated, although they must show a negative PCR test to board a flight.

Djokovic He had won nine Australian Open titles, including three in a row, and a total of 20 Grand Slam singles trophies, tied with most rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the history of men’s tennis. Federer is not playing while recovering from injury, and Nadal is the only former Australian Open men’s champion in the tournament which started on Monday.

Djokovic’s visa was initially revoked On 6 January a border official decided it did not qualify for a medical exemption from Australia’s rules for unvaccinated visitors. He was exempted from the tournament’s vaccine rules because he had been infected with the virus within the past six months.

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He won an appeal to remain for the tournament, but Australia’s immigration minister later revoked his visa. Three federal court judges on Sunday unanimously decided to uphold the immigration minister’s authority to revoke Djokovic’s visa.

Vaccinations amid the pandemic were a requirement for anyone attending the Australian Open, whether the players, their coaches or anyone at the tournament venue. More than 95% of all the top 100 men and women in their respective rankings of visits are vaccinated. At least two men – American tennis Sandgren and Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert – pulled out of the first major tournament of the year due to the need for vaccines.

Djokovic’s attempt to obtain medical exemptions for vaccinations sparked anger in Australia, where strict lockdowns in cities and restrictions on international travel have been employed to try to control the spread of the coronavirus since the pandemic began .

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