The unvaccinated tennis star Novak Djokovic is considering serving the Australian government with a lawsuit after he was deported for public health reasons ahead of the Australian Open.
Djokovic, 34, consulted with his legal team to sue the country for $ 4.4 million, a fee that includes the $ 2.75 million prize that the world's best tennis player was expected to win, according to The Sun.
State and tennis officials had granted Djokovic a medical dispensation for Australia's strict COVID-19 vaccination policy because he had recently been infected with the virus, but immigration authorities canceled the exemption and revoked his visa when he arrived in Melbourne on January 6, citing to the public. health risks and fear of arousing aussiere contrary to the mandate.
On Sunday, a federal court stood behind the border officials and deported the 20-time Grand Slam winner back to his home country, Serbia, before the tournament began on Monday, following an 11-day saga in which he was detained in an immigration prison hotel for five days.
"It is well known that Novak and his family feel he was treated badly at the quarantine hotel in Melbourne," a source close to his agent Edoardo Artladi told the British tabloid. “His mother revealed how it was full of fleas and maggots. He was being held as a virtual prisoner. "
“He was subjected to humiliating treatment. He should sue, "Serbian lawyer and politician Toma Fila added, referring to the alleged double fault.
The tennis ace could now miss another chance to reach a record-breaking 21st Grand Slam title at the French Open corn, when officials announced there would be no exceptions to policies requiring all people in public places must be vaccinated.
"I respect the decision of the court and I will cooperate with the relevant authorities in connection with my departure from the country," Djokovic said on Sunday, adding that he was "extremely disappointed" that he would not be able to defend his title in Melbourne Park.
The federal court in Australia was expected to release information about its decision on Thursday, the court said.
"We recognize [sic] that recent events have been a significant distraction for everyone and we deeply regret the impact this has had on all players, ”the Board of Tennis Australia said in a statement on Tuesday, without mentioning the controversial star.
With Post wires