#AustraliaHasFallen has started trending after Novak Djokovic deported
'#AustraliaHasFallen' went viral on Monday
The hashtag '#AustraliaHasFallen' has started trending after Novak Djoković was deported from Australia after having his visa cancelled for a second time.
The Serbian tennis star was deported from the country late on Sunday night after 12 days of legal battles saw the Federal Court side with immigration minister Alex Hawke's decision to cancel his visa.
Djokovic has also been banned from Australia for three years, with home affairs minister Karen Andrews confirming that the three-year ban was as a result of the outcome of the court decision.
However, support for the 34-year-old has not been scarce - with a number of high profile sports stars expressing their backing of the Serb.
Many people are annoyed at the decision to deport Djokovic, which has seen the phrase 'Australia has fallen' used on a number of occasions in recent days. As well as this, it was turned into a viral hashtag on Twitter on Monday (January 17), with many people using it to express their support for the 20-time Grand Slam winner.
How on earth does one healthy and fit tennis player pose a risk to an entire nation? #AustraliaHasFallen
— Gerardine Hoogland - UAP Candidate for Lilley (@WatchtowerRome2) January 16, 2022
Those celebrating @DjokerNole loosing the case and being deported truly can’t see the bigger picture. This is NOT a win for Australia. It’s sets a terrible precedent for why and how people can be deported. #AustraliaHasFallen
— Natalie Sady (@NatalieSady) January 16, 2022
— Thomas Shelby (@XrPimpin) January 10, 2022
While some individuals have threatened to boycott Australia as they are against the government's decision to twice cancel Djokovic's visa, immigration minister Alex Hawke suggested that his refusal to get vaccinated could have led to anti-vaccination sentiments in the country.
Mr Hawke cited 'health' and 'good order' under section 133C (3) of the Migration Act as grounds for deporting the Serbian.
Although '#AustraliaHasFallen' started with people defending Djokovic, people in favour of the government's decision were quick to use it to call out the tennis star and explain the reasons why he was deported.
Just amazing that a whole hashtag, #AustraliaHasFallen, is trending because one rich tennis player has decided that potentially spreading a virus in a country he doesn’t live in and that is trying to keep their population safe is the hill he wants other people to die on.
— Joy-Ann (Pro-Democracy) Reid 😷 (@JoyAnnReid) January 17, 2022
#AustraliaHasFallen is BS. Australia obliterates the USA on COVID thanks to not letting every crybaby like Novak Djokovic do what he or she wants.
Deaths per Million to COVID:
Australia: 2,344#Djokovic can go to hell. pic.twitter.com/keoxqod31G
— Andy Fox #Resistor #FBR (@factandrumor) January 10, 2022
#AustraliaHasFallen Australia has NOT fallen, they are standing up to the tyranny of the minority who choose to have NO regard for the rule of law, as well as safety and welfare of others. pic.twitter.com/6vSiC0SLhR
— Florida Freethinker ! (@EdTruman3) January 17, 2022
Djokovic was aiming to defend his Australian Open title and clinch his 21st Grand Slam - which would have seen him move ahead of rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
It also appears that Djokovic could be banned from the French Open after the country recently announced a Covid pass will be required, banning all unvaccinated people from sporting arenas.