Australia Cancels Novak Djokovic’s Visa Again

Australia Cancels Novak Djokovic’s Visa Again Photo: TT
Novak Djokovic serves to Denis Kudla during the men's singles third round match on day five of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Friday July 2, 2021.

Australia has revoked tennis player Novak Djokovic’s visa again. He’s now facing deportation.

The decision was made Alex Hawke, Minister of Immigration. Djokovic now faces deportation but he still has the option to launch another legal challenge in order to remain in the country.

Djokovic was scheduled to take part in the Australian Open where he was already named in the draw as the No.1 seed. The grand slam is set to begin Monday.

In an announcement about the cancellation, Hawke said, “Today I exercised my power… to cancel the visa held by Mr Novak Djokovic on health and good order grounds, on the basis that it was in the public interest to do so.”

Should Djokovic be deported, he also faces the chances of being banned from entering Australia for three years.

His visa was first revoked shortly after he arrived in Melbourne on January 6. He was then taken a detention facility where he awaited his hearing and the results of his petition.

His entry and the possibility of having a high-profile unvaccinated player take part of the Australian Open was received with enormous backlash for the Australian public. Australia has imposed some of the longest and strictest lockdowns in the world during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mr. Hawke cancelled Djokovics visa under the powers assigned to him in the Migration Act.

It allowed the minister to deport anyone who he deemed was a risk to the “the health, safety or good order of the Australian community.”

This new cancellation comes after Djokovic admitted to having submitted a wrongly filled up form where it declared he hadn’t traveled internationally in last 14 days prior to visiting Australia. In fact, he had been to Spain.

Djokovic called it human error ad attributed it to his agent. He further stated that it was not deliberate.

Novak, who tested positive for COVID-19 in December 2021, also admitted to having met up with a photographer and having a photo shoot after he tested positive.

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