Melbourne: Tennis star Novak Djokovic again faced deportation after the Australian government canceled his visa for the second time.
Immigration Minister Alex Hawke said on Friday he had used his ministerial power to revoke the 34-year-old Serbian player’s visa on public interest grounds three days before the start of the Australian Open.
Djokovic’s lawyers are expected to appeal against the cancellation of VIZA in the Federal Circuit and Family Court, as they did successfully after the first cancellation.
This is the second time that Djokovic’s visa has been revoked since arriving in Melbourne last week to defend his Australian Open title.
Their exemption from a COVID-19 vaccination requirement to compete was approved by the Victoria State Government and Tennis Australia, the tournament organizer. This apparently allowed him to obtain a visa to travel.
But the Australian Border Force rejected the exemption and canceled his visa on arrival in Melbourne. He spent four nights in the hotel before a judge on Monday to overturn the visa cancellation decision, after which he was successful.
On the other hand, if the Australian minister succeeds in deporting Djokovic, then Djokovic will not be able to enter Australia for the next 3 years. Which means that Djokovic will not be able to be a part of the Australian Open for the next 3 years.