World tennis ace Novak Djokovic has arrived home in Serbia after being deported from Australia because he was not vaccinated against COVID-19
Novak Djokovic lands in Serbia and stops for selfies after deportation from Australia because he was not vaccinated against #COVID19
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Djokovic was booted from The Australian Open over his anti-vaccine views in a controversial decision by Australia’s immigration minister.
It comes as the international tennis event commences at Melbourne Park… where he had hoped this year to win his 21st Grand Slam singles trophy
Every January for over a decade Novak has been greeted by fans at Melbourne Park for the Australian open, signing autographs and taking selfies, but this time its a change of scenery.
Djokovic was deported on Sunday after losing a ten-day battle over his right to remain.
Instead of defending his Australian Open title as the grand slam began here in Melbourne, he posed for selfies with fans at Dubai airport as he made the long journey back to Europe.
— Dan Murphy (@dan_murphy) January 17, 2022
He may have been all smiles, but he refused any questions about his visa debacle after his plan landed just after 5.30 am local time.
Where to next for the world number one?
This whole saga has ended hopes of defending his Australian Open title and the chance to win a historic twenty first grand slam.
It doesn’t appear he will be back down under any time soon… authorities earlier confirmed that the unvaccinated tennis star will ban him from Australia for up to three years.
However, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison later provided a glimmer of hope for Novak
He said to Australian radio station 2GB: “(The ban) does go over a three-year period, but there is the opportunity for them to return in the right circumstances and that would be considered at the time”
The French Open will commence in late may, is he likely to play at that grand slam?
As he flew home from Australia, doubts rise over whether Novak would be able to play in the French Open.
A member of the French Parliament said a new law that will exclude unvaccinated people from sports venues, restaurants and other public places will apply anyone who wants to play in the tournament.
So essentially, no vaccine, no play.
The next tournament on his calendar is likely to be in Dubai at the end of next month, where he will need to provide negative PCR tests before being allowed in the country.
For now, a warm welcome awaits the world number one in his home city, where he continues to receive overwhelming support.
In pictures: Serbians rally outside Belgrade's international airport for Tennis world number one Novak Djokovic's arrival after his deportation from Australia over his coronavirus vaccination status pic.twitter.com/5o8mzq8koD
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Spain PM’s firm warning
Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has firmly confirmed the world number one must comply with rules if he wishes to compete in Spain.
“Any sportsperson who wishes to compete in our country must comply with the health rules of Spain,” the country’s leader said.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz supported Sanchez’s comments, standing beside him during the press conference.
“We all have to abide by them, no matter who we are,” he said.
Djokovic travels regularly to Spain where he owns a house in the southern resort of Marbella.
Spanish rules currently require people to have either a vaccine certificate, a PCR negative test or a certificate of having recovered from COVID.
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Australian pop star Cody Simpson closing in on spot at Commonwealth Games
Cody Simpson was most well known for being a pop singer, and he’s on the verge is turning into a professional swimmer.
The 25-year old beat three-time Olympian Kyle Chalmers in the 100 metre butterfly heat at the Australian Swimming Championships.
If he places in the top three spots in the final he will book a place in the team for the Commonwealth Games.
He’s on track to achieve the feat given only dual-Olympic bronze medallist Matthew Temple recorded a faster time in the heats.
Simpson shaved nearly one second off his personal best time, and if he finishes in the top two in the final he’ll also be eligible to swim at the world titles in Budapest next month.
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The 22- year old cyclist became the first Black African rider to win a grand tour stage
However, the celebration turned rather bitter as champagne cork struck his eye on the winner’s podium.
Grimay was treated in the Ambulance after the celebrations.
He later missed the post-race interviews and was taken to the hospital for further care.
Grimay is now out of the Giro d’italia because of the eye injury.
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Police probe assault on Sheffield United captain Billy Sharp
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Police are investigating an assault on Sheffield United captain Billy Sharp.
Authorities say he was assaulted by a fan at the end of the Championship play-off final second leg at Nottingham Forest.
Television footage showed a member of the crowd charge at Sharp during a pitch invasion while the player stood on the sidelines.
According to his manager the sports star required stitches for his injuries.
Police say they are conducting enquiries as they continue their investigation.
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