However, under Australian law a three-year visa ban can be waived for persuasion or compassionate grounds. That would likely allow Djokovic to compete in the Grand Slam early next year.
On Sunday, a unanimous verdict by a three-judge federal court bench dealt a final blow to Djokovic’s hopes of pursuing a record 21st Grand Slam victory at the Australian Open starting Monday.
The Serbian player arrived at the Melbourne airport just hours later. Federal agents escorted him and his team from the business lounge to the gate, where they boarded an Emirates flight to Dubai.
Djokovic said after the verdict that he was “very disappointed” because it meant he would not be able to participate in the tournament.
“I respect the court’s decision and I will co-operate with the relevant authorities in relation to my departure from the country,” he said in a statement, wishing the tournament well.
On Monday morning, Djokovic landed in Dubai, the commercial capital of the United Arab Emirates. Tourists do not need to be vaccinated, although they must show a negative PCR test to board the flight.
He will return to Serbia from Dubai.