Australian open tournament begins as Djokovic is deported

The Australian open has begun in Melbourne without men’s world number one Novak Djokovic after he was deported following an unsuccessful appeal on the COVID-19 vaccination

Djokovic was looking  to defend the title he won last time and become the men most successful player with 21 grand slam titles.

Meanwhile in the ladies category world number one Ashleigh Barty thrashed Lesia Tsurenko 6-0 6-1 in just 54 minutes to reach the second round of the Australian Open.

Home favourite Barty won 11 games in a row before the Ukrainian finally got on the board on Rod Laver Arena. Wimbledon champion Barty barely put a foot wrong, eventually converting her fifth match point in front of a passionate home crowd.

She will face Italian qualifier Lucia Bronzetti next.Barty paid tribute to her indigenous Australian heritage and the crowd support in her on-court interview. Barty broke qualifier Tsurenko at the first opportunity and then staved off two break points in her next game to consolidate her lead.

She was dominant throughout, closing out the first set in 24 minutes before racing into a 5-0 lead in the second.

Tsurenko, who gave Barty a scare in the opening round in 2020, saved two match points on her own serve to force Barty to close out the match.

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