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Serbian Novak Djokovic was finally deported from Australia after three Federal Court judges unanimously confirmed the decision made on Friday by Immigration Minister Alex Hawke to cancel his visa for reasons of public interest because he is not vaccinated against the virus. Covid-19. Djokovic said he was “extremely disappointed” by the ruling but respected it.

It would have been better if he respected the Australian laws that prohibit entry to the country to anyone who does not prove to be vaccinated against the disease that, according to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation of the University of Washington (IHME), until yesterday On January 17, it had caused the death of 12 million 795,665 people around the world.

The number one tennis player in the world arrived in Australia on January 5 covered by a medical waiver that he received on December 30 from the medical director of Tennis Australia who considered that he did not have to be vaccinated because he had recently recovered from COVID.

The problem is that said exemption did not follow the guidelines that the Australian Minister of Health, Greg Hunt, sent in November to the director of the open tennis tournament, where he emphasized that having become ill with Covid in the past six months prior to the event did not exempt of being vaccinated to any player.

The deported athlete openly spoke out against the vaccine last April when he declared: “Personally, I am opposed to vaccination, and I would not like someone to force me to get vaccinated in order to travel. But if it becomes mandatory, what will happen? I will have to make a decision. I have my own thoughts on the matter, and if those thoughts will ever change, I don’t know.”

His ill-informed decision has already cost him dearly. For starters, he won’t receive the $2.75 million he most likely would have pocketed by winning the tournament. He was also left with the desire to win his 21st Grand Slam and now he will have to wait until the 2025 Open because he will not be able to enter Australia for the next three years due to having been deported.

People like Djokovic are admired by millions of people. They are athletes who, due to their discipline and dedication, manage to succeed and earn millions of dollars each year. But without their fans who watch them in stadiums and on television, they wouldn’t earn that income or be the beneficiaries of multimillion-dollar advertising contracts, for example. That is why the Serbian and many other athletes who refuse to be vaccinated and, even worse, are openly against vaccines, should think about the great damage they cause to their fans who imitate their behavior.

How many people were not vaccinated because of the bad example these athletes have set? How many died? Surely enough.

The Serb’s problems did not end with his deportation.

Yesterday, January 17, the French government said that neither he nor any other athlete will be able to participate in a public event, which will exclude him from the Roland Garros tournament. Also yesterday, January 17, his sponsor Lacoste announced that he wants to review the events in Australia with him, a review that if this company is not satisfied could mean the end of the sponsorship that left him 9.4 million dollars last year.

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