Tennis: Australia cancels Novak Djokovic’s visa again



The Australian visa of tennis world number one Novak Djokovic, who wanted to enter the country without being vaccinated against Covid-19, has been canceled for the second time, announced Friday January 14 the Minister of Immigration Alex Hawke.

This decision was made “on health and public order grounds”, the minister said in a statement. The Australian government “is strongly committed to protecting Australia’s borders, especially in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic”, he added.

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This second visa cancellation implies that the Serbian player, who was aiming for a record 21st Grand Slam title at the Australian Open which begins on Monday January 17, will be banned from entering the country for three years, except in certain circumstances.

Novak Djokovic was training for the tournament

The 34-year-old’s visa had already been canceled for the first time on January 5 when he arrived in Melbourne, and Novak Djokovic was then placed in a detention center for deportation.

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The tennis player’s lawyers had however won a resounding victory on January 10, obtaining from a judge that he restore his visa and order his immediate release. Since then, Novak Djokovic has been training for the tournament, and was to face his compatriot Miomir Kecmanovic, 78th player in the world, in the first round.

But the Minister of Immigration retained the possibility of canceling the visa again under his discretionary power.

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