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Can Novak Djokovic take part in the Australian Open? Photo: AFP/MARTIN KEEP


The thriller about the entry of tennis star Novak Djokovic to Australia continues. Meanwhile, a minister finds clear words – and insists on compliance with the entry rules.

Melbourne – While a decision on a renewed withdrawal of Novak Djokovic’s residence permit is still in coming, Australia’s finance minister has drawn attention to clear compliance with the entry rules. “This policy has not changed and we will continue to apply it strictly,” Simon Birmingham told ABC television. According to this, only foreigners who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or who have a valid medical exemption are allowed to enter Australia.

Djokovic, who is the record winner at the Australian Open with nine successes and wants to defend his title from Monday, also trained on Friday at the facility in Melbourne Park. Despite a partial victory in court on Monday, the Serbian tennis star still has to fear that his visa will be withdrawn again and that he will not be able to play the Australian Open.

Djokovic is not vaccinated

Immigration minister Alex Hawke has to decide whether the visa should be canceled again, but his hesitation arouses criticism. “Alex Hawke, where are you? Lost? Make a decision! “Said Tasmanian Senator Jacqui Lambie on Channel 9:” If you are unable to make a decision about Novak Djokovic, how are you going to rule the country? This is a shambles. Not to mention how it puts us in front of the rest of the world. That is absolutely shocking. “

The world number one Djokovic is not vaccinated and only refers to a corona infection in mid-December when he was granted an exemption. According to Australian media reports, his lawyers are already preparing to challenge another revocation of the Grand Slam record champion’s visa.



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