Novak Djokovic in Talks to Sue Australia, Serbian Unhappy With Treatment He Received from Government

Novak Djokovic in Talks to Sue Australia, Serbian Unhappy With Treatment He Received from Government

Byron Pillay
January 20, 2022 at 10:44 AM
  • Novak Djokovic versus Australia continues to be a thing despite the world number 1 being deported from the country
  • Djokovic plans to sue the Australian government over what he calls unfair treatment that led to his deportation
  • Fans are unhappy with the tennis player's latest threat as the taxpayers would have to foot the bill if he did sue

The saga between Novak Djokovic and the Australian government is far from coming to an end, despite the world number one being deported from the country before the start of the Australian Open.

Djokovic was originally detained and his VISA rejected when he arrived in Melbourne for the tournament, but he was then let go after his lawyers filed an appeal.

Novak Djokovic, Karen Andrews, Australian Open, Tennis, Sport
Australi's Minister of Home Affairs Karen Andrews took the fight to Novak Djokovic as Australia deported the tennis superstar but now Novak wants to sue. Image: Leigh Vogel/ Srdjan Stevanovic
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The Australian Government then threatened to deport Djokovic for a second time after he admitted to 'errors' with his paperwork and admitted to attending events and conducting an interview with a journalist while he was Covid19 positive.

He was then deported from the country after a full federal court rejected his application to challenge his VISA denial, The Guardian reported. He left the country before the start of the tournament and was unable to defend his title.

The drama hasn't ended there though as Djokovic now wants to sue the Australian Government according to the Daily Mail.

Fans though aren't happy about the idea as it would be the taxpayers that would have to fit the bill while others just found the whole threat to be absurd.


"#djokovic Suing for prize money might have gotten if he won is like me suing lotto for first prize I could have won but for them losing my ticket"


"So now he wants the taxpayers money. That'll really make him popular with Australians."


"Wow. He broke their roles and wants to sue?????"


"Well I was horribly wrong. I would have thought since he "loved" Australians so much he would not go down that pathway. Surely he knows that Australian citizens fund the govt. Surely he would know this would hurt Australian citizens financially."

South Africa's hopes at the Australian Open dashed, Lloyd Harris and Kevin Anderson eliminated in first round

In other Australian Open news, it was a disappointing day on the tennis courts at the Australian Open for South Africa's tennis players, as both Kevin Anderson and Lloyd Harris were eliminated from the tournament.

Lloyd Harris who is ranked number 30 in the world and Kevin Anderson ranked number 97 were both dumped out in the first round at the tournament in Melbourne Park, Sports Brief earlier reported.

Sport24 reported that Lloyd Harris was beaten by Australia's Aleksander Vukic 4-6 6-3 7-5 7-6(3). The defeat was seen as a major upset as Vukic is ranked 144th in the world and had been given a wildcard spot in the tournament.

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Byron Pillay
Byron Pillay is a sports writer and Head of the Department at Sports Brief (joined in 2022) with over 10 years of experience in community journalism and a degree in journalism from Caxton's Cadet School.
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