Novak Djokovic US Open 2021

‘Rules are rules!’ – Australian Prime Minister backs decision to deport Novak Djokovic

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has backed the decision to deny Novak Djokovic entry into the country.

Djokovic travelled to Melbourne on Wednesday under the impression he had a medical exemption to compete in the Australian Open without vaccination.

However, upon arriving at the airport he was sensationally detailed by Australian Border Force before they deemed him unable to present the proof to validate the exemption.

The world number one will now have to leave the country, although he does plan on appealing the decision.

Hopes of that appeal appear to be slim, though, with the Prime Minister himself publicly endorsing the decision to cancel his visa.

“Mr Djokovic’s visa has been cancelled,” Morrison tweeted. “Rules are rules, especially when it comes to our borders.

“No one is above these rules. Our strong border policies have been critical to Australia having one of the lowest death rates in the world from COVID, we are continuing to be vigilant.”

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Michael Graham, Editor, has been a professional sports journalist for his whole career and is especially passionate about tennis. He's been the Editor of for over 5 years and loves watching live tennis by visiting as many tournaments as possible. Michael specialises in writing in-depth features about the ATP & WTA tours.