Djokovic to be deported after losing visa appeal hearing, won't play Australian Open

Novak Djokovic is set to be deported from Australia after the Federal Court rejected his appeal against the cancellation of his visa from Immigration Minister, Alex Hawke.

Three judges upheld this decision on Friday to cancel his visa on public interest grounds.

The World No.1 was looking for his record extending 10th title in Melbourne and his 21st overall but now he is facing a three-year ban from the country instead.

It brings to an end a long running saga which concludes just before the Australian Open begins tomorrow.

"I'd like to make a brief statement to address the outcomes of today’s Court hearing. I will now be taking some time to rest and to recuperate, before making any further comments beyond this. I am extremely disappointed with the ruling," said Djokovic in a statement.

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