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Djokovic Double-Faulted in His Australian Open Bet

The defending champion should’ve known better than to bypass the country’s strict quarantine rules, but he’s not the first to try and fail.

Not this year.

Not this year.

Photographer: Paul Crock/AFP/Getty

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The world’s No. 1 men’s tennis player now has the dubious honor of joining actor Johnny Depp in receiving a harsh lesson on Australian quarantine and border policy.

Novak Djokovic tried to enter the country without meeting a clearly stated requirement for receiving a full course of Covid-19 vaccines. And he subsequently failed to provide sufficient evidence of a medical reason why he shouldn’t get them. So now, the 34-year-old Serb is set to be ejected just weeks before he’s due to defend his Australian Open title in Melbourne. The tennis player was moved to a quarantine hotel, pending an appeal that may be heard as early as Jan. 10.