Novak Djokovic arrives again in Belgrade after deportation from Australia


Djokovic traveled to Belgrade from Melbourne through Dubai after shedding a court docket problem on Sunday in opposition to the Australian authorities’s choice to cancel his visa on public well being and order grounds.

Crowds gathered on the airport to welcome the 34-year-old Serbian again residence — chanting his title and holding banners and flags in help — on Monday. The night earlier than, a constructing in Belgrade was illuminated with the phrases “Nole [Djokovic’s nickname], you’re the pleasure of Serbia.”

The Serbian Olympic Committee mentioned it was “very dissatisfied” over Australia’s “scandalous choice” to deport Djokovic, including {that a} “big injustice” had been dedicated, whereas Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic mentioned the visa cancellation was “scandalous.”

“I’m dissatisfied and I believe it has proven how the rule of regulation features in another international locations, i.e. the way it would not operate,” Brnabic mentioned in an interview with Beta Information Company in Belgrade.

“I sit up for seeing Djokovic in his personal nation, in Serbia, and to undergo this along with him and provides him our help on this tough time for him,” she added.

Beneath Australian regulation, Djokovic could be banned from the nation for 3 years, although Dwelling Affairs Minister Karen Andrews hasn’t dominated out an exemption. “Any utility will probably be reviewed on its deserves,” she mentioned.

The Australian Open is the primary grand slam of the tennis season. The second is the French Open at Roland Garros, which is being staged between Could 22 and June 5.

However all skilled athletes who want to compete in France should be vaccinated in opposition to Covid-19, France’s Sports activities Ministry informed CNN on Monday.

Djokovic, last year's Australian Open champion, is displayed on a banner in Melbourne during this year's tournament.

France’s vaccine move regulation, permitted by parliament on Sunday, would require folks to have a vaccine certificates to enter public locations equivalent to eating places, cafes, cinemas and sports activities arenas, amongst others.

“The rule is easy. The vaccine move will probably be required as soon as the regulation comes into power in establishments that have been already topic to the well being move (sporting or cultural). It will apply to everybody (spectators, skilled sportspeople),” a French Sports activities Ministry spokeswoman informed CNN.

That new laws places the possibilities of Djokovic, who has not been vaccinated in opposition to Covid-19, competing on the French Open in jeopardy.

The French Open beforehand allowed for unvaccinated gamers to compete as they operated in a bubble across the event.

Fans wave a Serbian flag as Djokovic arrives in Belgrade.

Djokovic is the reigning males’s singles champion on the clay courts of Roland Garros. Together with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, he has gained 20 grand slam titles.

“As for Roland Garros, it is in Could. The scenario might change by then and it’s hoped that it is going to be extra favorable. So we’ll see however now clearly it isn’t besides [from the rules],” the spokeswoman added.

Joseph Ataman, Aleks Klosok, Sharon Braithewaite, Biljana Brise and Stephanie Halasz contributed to this report

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