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Novak Djokovic could be deported from Australia because it was "plainly open" to the immigration minister to conclude the world No 1 tennis star was opposed to vaccination against Covid, the full federal court has said.

Chief justice James Allsop on Thursday delivered the court's reasons for rejecting Djokovic ’ s challenge to his visa cancellation.

"It was not irrational for the minister to be concerned that the asserted support of some anti-vaccination groups for Mr Djokovic's apparent position on vaccination may encourage rallies and protests that may lead to heightened community transmission."

Hawke exercised a personal power to re-cancel Djokovic's visa sparking the federal court case, which upheld the cancellation and resulted in his deportation the evening before the start of the Australian Open on Monday.

He argued Djokovic's presence risked aggravating anti-vaccination sentiment and causing civil unrest.

Djokovic's lawyers disputed claims the tennis star was an anti-vaxxer, arguing that was based on one statement in April 2020 "well before Covid vaccines were available" and that Hawke had failed to ask the tennis player his views.

to win, djokovic the minister could not have been satisfied “ logically or rationally on the available material ”.

Novak Djokovic (pictured with wife Jelena) could sue over alleged 'ill treatment' in Australia

The world tennis number one returned to the Serbian capital Belgrade on Monday after he was deported from Australia following the decision of Immigration Minister Alex Hawke to cancel his visa.

The cancellation of his visa on public interest grounds was upheld by Australian judges.

His visa was revoked last Friday after Mr Hawke said his presence in Australia posed a public health risk.

The country's sports minister has said there will be no exemption from its new vaccine pass laws.

Novak Djokovic was deported on the eve of the Australian Open (Image: Getty)

The 34-year-old is looking to sue the government for "ill treatment", asking for £3.2 million in damages – including the £2.3 million prize money he would have expected to take home had he won the Australian Open.

Djokovic became embroiled in an 11-day saga after arriving in Melbourne earlier this month with a medical exemption granted by Tennis Australia.

Tennis superstar Novak Djokovic is reportedly preparing to launch legal action against the Australian Government over his deportation.

Now back home in Serbia, the 20-time Grand Slam champion is reportedly in talks with lawyers about suing the Morrison Government for more than $ 6 million ( £3.2million ) over 'ill treatment ', The Sun reported.

Novak Djokovic is looking to sue the Australian government for "ill treatment" (Image: Getty)

The estimated figure for damages includes the prize money Djokovic would have won had the defending Australian Open champion won his 10th title in Melbourne.

He was kept a virtual prisoner. '

Lawyer Toma Fila added : 'He was subjected to humiliating treatment.

Djokovic was detained in an immigration detention hotel for at least half of his 11-day stay in Melbourne before he was deported over the visa and vaccine exemption saga.

Novak Djokovic (pictured) is reportedly weighing up his legal options after be deported from Australia

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