KEY POINTS

  • Novak Djokovic will officially miss the Australian Open after the federal court dismissed his bid to restore his visa
  • Djokovic's doctor makes a bold claim about the matter
  • Djokovic has released a statement after the decision was made

An important person in Novak Djokovic’s life and career is on his side in his battle against COVID-19 vaccination.

After weeks of drama, a verdict has finally been given and it is safe to say that Djokovic will officially miss this year’s Australian Open.

The men’s singles defending champion has been deported from Australia ahead of the competition after the country’s federal court dismissed his appeal to restore his visa.

Immigration minister Alex Hawke made the decision on Friday, January 14 out of fear that Djokovic could be a threat to the public health given his refusal to be vaccinated.

Sharing his bold take on the matter, Djokovic’s longtime dietitian Dr. Igor Cetojevic reckoned that Nole’s deportation is “absurd” as he has all the right to not get a shot.

According to Cetojevic, the Serb doctor who changed Djokovic’s diet and helped him cope with respiratory issues, “politics” have plagued the Australian Open and 20-time Grand Slam champion was the lone victim.

"It's absurd that somebody who has optimal health is a threat to the health of the public," Cetojevic told AFP. "How can a super healthy guy be a threat for the Australian Open. It's all politics, it starts with politics, not anything else."

Former world number one Andy Murray says he hopes the mess which has ended with nine-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic being deported from Australia will not be repeated Former world number one Andy Murray says he hopes the mess which has ended with nine-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic being deported from Australia will not be repeated Photo: AFP / ASANKA BRENDON RATNAYAKE

Cetojevic further upped the ante by claiming that such vaccines were not “clinically proven.”

Moreso, the doctor stressed that all bodies are “different,” suggesting that what happened to others may not be the same with Djokovic.

"These so-called vaccines are, in fact, experimental products that have not been clinically proven," he claimed. "I'm seeing patients these days, ordinary people who followed the recommendation to be injected, who are now facing major health issues. "The whole idea is to provoke the body's immune system, but...we are all different.”

"If you have the best car for Formula One and you put the wrong petrol inside, what will happen?"

In the end, Djokovic accepted the court ruling and has decided to just “rest and recuperate” while being sidelined.

“I will now be taking some time to rest and to recuperate, before making any further comments beyond this,” the 34-year-old said in a statement.

“I am extremely disappointed with the Court ruling to dismiss my application for judicial review of the Minister’s decision to cancel my visa, which means I cannot stay in Australia and participate in the Australian Open,” he added. “I respect the Court’s ruling and I will cooperate with the relevant authorities in relation to my departure from the country.”