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Novak Djokovic's £265k legal fees to be paid by Australian taxpayers despite court defeat

Novak Djokovic could be set to cause more outrage in Australia as the country’s taxpayers are set to foot his £265,000 legal bill. The Serbian was deported from Australia on Sunday after having his visa cancelled.

Djokovic was originally given a medical exemption to play at the Australian Open, despite not being vaccinated against COVID-19.

But on arrival Down Under he was apprehended by Australian Border Force, who revoked his visa and sent him to an immigration facility while he waited for an appeal hearing.

The judge initially overturned the decision as Djokovic was allowed to take to the tennis court and begin preparations to defend his Australian Open title.

But the country’s immigration minister Alex Hawke then took it upon himself to personally cancel the visa for a second time.

That decision was upheld as the case went to court for a second time, and the tennis ace was sent packing.

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