Djokovic loses appeal, exits Australia

(AP Photo/Mark Baker, File)

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Novak Djokovic was heading home to Serbia on Monday after his deportation from Australia over its required COVID-19 vaccination ended the No. 1-ranked men's tennis player's hopes of defending his Australian Open title.

An Emirates plane carrying him from Australia landed in Dubai early Monday, and Djokovic was later seen on board a plane due to land in the Serbian capital of Belgrade at 12:10 CET. His lawyers had argued in an Australian court on Sunday that he should be allowed to stay in the country and compete in the tournament under a medical exemption due to a coronavirus infection last month.

Djokovic has won nine Australian Open titles, including three in a row, and a total of 20 Grand Slam singles trophies, tied with rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal for the most in the history of men's tennis. Federer is not playing while recovering from injury, and Nadal is the only former Australian Open men's champion in the tournament that began Monday.

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2022 ATP Rankings
Rank Player Points
1 N. Djokovic 11,015
2 D. Medvedev 8,935
3 A. Zverev 7,970
4 S. Tsitsipas 6,540
5 R. Nadal 4,875
6 A. Rublev 4,785
7 M. Berrettini 4,568
8 C. Ruud 4,155
9 F. Auger-Aliassime 3,608
10 J. Sinner 3,390
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Rank Player Points
1 A. Barty 7,111
2 A. Sabalenka 5,698
3 G. Muguruza 5,425
4 B. Krejcikova 5,213
5 K. Pliskova 4,582
6 P. Badosa 4,264
7 A. Kontaveit 4,231
8 M. Sakkari 4,071
9 I. Swiatek 3,916
10 O. Jabeur 3,500
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