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Politics Djokovic faces deportation as Australia again revokes his visa

15:31  14 january  2022
15:31  14 january  2022 Source:   thehill.com

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  TIMELINE: Djokovic's failed bid to play in Australian Open Novak Djokovic’s attempt to play in the Australian Open despite being unvaccinated against COVID-19 came to an end when a court upheld a government minister's rejection of his visa. The unanimous ruling from three Federal Court judges in Melbourne on Sunday came the day before Djokovic was scheduled to begin his title defense at a Grand Slam tournament he’s won a record nine times. The Australian government twice canceled a visa held by the 34-year-old from Serbia and Djokovic’s lawyers appealed twice.

Top-ranked men's tennis star Novak Djokovic is again facing deportation after Australia revoked his visa for a second time on "health and good order grounds" and on the basis of it being in the "public interest" - just days away before the start of the Australian Open.

Djokovic faces deportation as Australia again revokes his visa © Associated Press Djokovic faces deportation as Australia again revokes his visa

"Today I exercised my power under section 133C(3) of the Migration Act 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," Australian Immigration Minister Alex Hawke said in a statement on Friday.

Novak Djokovic faces deportation after Australia revokes his visa again

  Novak Djokovic faces deportation after Australia revokes his visa again Novak Djokovic faces deportation after Australia revokes his visa againAustralian Immigration Minister Alex Hawke announced the decision on Friday.

Hawke said that he made the decision after he had "carefully considered information" that he had been given by the Serbian tennis star, Australian Border Force and Department of Home Affairs.

"The Morrison Government is firmly committed to protecting Australia's borders, particularly in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic," Hawke said.

Djokovic is expected to meet with immigration officials and his lawyers Saturday morning regarding the matter after a court hearing made clear that he would not be immediately deported or detained in the country, The Associated Press reported.

The Serbian tennis star is expected to appeal the decision again on Friday night.

It is the second time that Djokovic, who had been granted a medical exemption by tennis officials to play in the Open, has had his visa revoked over COVID-19 protocols.

Athletes, fans and officials are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by the Australian Open, the first of four Grand Slam tournaments held each year.

Despite Djokovic's medical exemption, Australian officials said that Djokovic's visa had been canceled because he had not provided adequate evidence to meet entry criteria. The Serbian tennis star had been infected with COVID-19 before his entry had been initially denied by authorities, according to a court filing.

That decision was subsequently overturned by a judge after he ruled that his visa had been revoked before Djokovic had had enough time to speak with his lawyers.

Updated at 7:34 a.m.

Australia cancels Novak Djokovic's visa over COVID vaccine policy .
Djokovic had been stuck in an airport due to issues related to his COVID vaccine exemption for the Australian Open."Non-citizens who do not hold a valid visa on entry or who have had their visa cancelled will be detained and removed from Australia," the border force said.

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